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Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

White Collar Watch - January 2014

In This Issue: - SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Report shows best practices make for an effective compliance and ethics program - In unprecedented move, government seeks to extend the responsible...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues Subpoena to Payday Lender

As part of its continuing focus on payday lending, the New York Department of Financial Services announced that it sent subpoenas to numerous online “lead generation” firms suspected of deceptive or misleading marketing of...more

ICE Seizes Counterfeit Domain Names

On December 2, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations announced in a press release that 706 domain names set up to “dupe” consumers into buying counterfeit goods had been seized by...more

Court of Appeals Holds No Recognized Cause of Action Exists Under Missouri Law Against Gun Shop Owners for Sale of a Non-Defective...

In an opinion issued July 16, 2013, the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals declined to extend what would have amounted to dram shop-type liability to a gun shop that sold ammuition and magazines to a purchaser...more

Dealer Pleads Guilty To Criminal Violations Of The SCRA

On June 27, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama announced that a used car dealer pleaded guilty to charges that he violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). ...more

CFPB Takes Action Against ‘Abusive’ Acts by Debt-Relief Company

Recently, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency of the financial industry, has proved that it has considerable bite. Created under the Dodd-Frank act to fill gaps in regulatory coverage, the CFPB’s...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2013: UK: New Regulators; New Powers

The UK Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) was abolished on 1 April 2013 and replaced by three new regulators. The Financial Services Act 2012 introduced the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the Prudential Regulatory...more

CFPB Investigation Leads to First Criminal Referral to DOJ

Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's investigation into the alleged fraudulent practices of a debt relief company, the CFPB and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced the...more

CFPB and Justice Department Team Up on Enforcement

On May 7, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or “Bureau”) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced a joint law enforcement effort in U.S. District Court for...more

DOJ Files First Criminal Action On CFPB Referral, CFPB Files Parallel Civil Suit

On May 7, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced mail and wire fraud charges against a debt settlement firm, its owner, and three of its employees. ...more

CFPB announces criminal referral relating to alleged debt-relief scam

At a press conference yesterday in New York City, Director Cordray announced that the CFPB had made a criminal referral to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York arising out of the CFPB’s...more

Years Later, PCA Employees Indicted

I had the following email exchange earlier this year with a concerned client: Client (in late January 2013): "Hi Steve, I was wondering if you knew of any cases where employees were prosecuted for not following...more

USCIS and SEC Stakeholder Engagement: EB-5 Investments and Implications under Federal Securities Law

By Wassem M. Amin, Esq. On April 3, 2013, USCIS and the SEC held a joint conference call to discuss what aspects of federal securities law are implicated by EB-5 Investments, as it relates to both the issuer and the...more

Insights Into The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Priorities For 2013

On March 20, 2013, Michael Bresnick, Executive Director of DOJ’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force gave a speech at the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC highlighting recent accomplishments of the Task Force and outlining...more

When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained...more

Reid-Kyl Bill Would Legalize Online Poker at Federal Level

A draft of the online poker bill that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) plan to introduce was released this week. The bill, known as the “Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and...more

InfoBytes, February 8, 2012 - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry.

Topics In This Issue Federal Issues State Issues Courts Miscellany Firm News Firm Publications Mortgages Banking Consumer...more

Would You Like a Side of Fraud with That? What Your Organization Should Learn from the McDonald’s (and Walgreens) Breaches

Last week McDonald’s Corp. and Walgreen Co. notified customers that their personal information had been compromised by hackers. The hackers appear to have targeted an email provider subcontracted to a marketing firm used by...more

California Appellate Court Affirms Trial Court's Order Holding Putative UCL Class Should Not Be Certified

In a decision published October 26, 2009, a unanimous panel of the Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, affirmed the trial court’s order denying class certification in a case handled by Barger & Wolen, Kaldenbach v....more

UNDERSTANDING EXTORTION IN THE BAHAMAS

The topic of extortion/blackmail is wavering one. The term is often used metaphorically to refer to usury or to price-gouging, as the term is often used loosely to refer to everyday situations where one person feels indebted...more

The Check Guide - October 2009, By Gene Eldering

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. FORGED MAKER CHECKS...1 A. General Rule...1 B. Payor Bank Defenses...2 C. Depositary Bank Defenses...13 2. FORGED PAYEE CHECKS...14 A. General Rule...14 B. Depositary Bank Defenses...17 3....more

Consumer Products Safety Act Advisory: Recently Enacted Product Safety Legislation Is Significantly Impacting Manufacturers,...

A landmark new law—the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA or the “Act”)—has been in effect for only four months, but is already having a dramatic impact on a wide swath of American industry; namely, all...more

While Markets Continue to Fall, Fraud Activity Continues to Rise

While the global economy continues to fall, incidences of corporate fraud are on the rise. The current economic instability, coupled with weakened internal controls found in many organizations, both large and small, has...more

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