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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Foreclosure stats are a far cry from their heights in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. But the big news in the industry is the rise of party players that were barely a blip on the scene (if around at all) 10 years...more

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Internet has created innovative inroads into traditional vacation lodging. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO and Flipkey provide vacationers with affordable lodging in prime locations, furnished with all the comforts of a home....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We had a pretty good inkling this was coming. Yahoo and Verizon are reportedly nearing a new deal, with Y! knocking something close to $300 million off of the sale price to ensure that Verizon will still go through with the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 27, 2017 is below. Not a lot of news to report this week; surprisingly little came out of this past week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in...more

CFPB January 2017 complaint report highlights mortgage complaints, complaints from Tennessee consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its January 2017 complaint report that highlights mortgage complaints.  The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Tennessee and the Memphis and Nashville metro areas....more

Facebook Unfriends Policy Allowing for Exclusion of Certain Racial and Ethnic Groups in Housing, Credit, and Employment...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The social network giant, Facebook—amid criticism and a push from public figures and congressional leaders—announced that the site would no longer allow advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups in the areas of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Journal reported yesterday that more than 6,000 Wells Fargo branches were routinely tipped off to inspections by internal risk monitors, a practice that allowed the bank’s sham-account scandal to go undetected for years....more

Privacy Tip #70 – Renters: Check out This Scam Thwarted by the FTC

I know a lot of people who have looked for and been successful in finding an apartment and/or a roommate on Craigslist. If you are looking for an apartment on Craigslist right now—listen up....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation—the company that “serves as the back end for much Wall Street trading”—has announced a big step forward in the embrace of blockchain technology to track and report transactions. IBM...more

Public Hearing On The Town Of Huntington’s Short-Term Rental Ban Set For Tomorrow, January 10, 2017

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last April, my colleague Anthony Guardino blogged about the Town of Southold’s local law banning “transient rental properties”, which Southold defined as dwellings that are rented out for less than fourteen nights at a time. ...more

HUD Issues New Broadband Mandates

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As most prepared for the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development converted two broadband mandate proposals into orders and published them in the Federal Register. “Narrowing the Digital Divide...more

FCC Denies TCPA Exemption for Mortgage Servicing Calls

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied the petition filed by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) seeking an exemption from the prior express consent requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

CFPB Consent Orders Serve as a Reminder to Mortgage Industry on Advertising Practices

A recent series of CFPB consent orders should remind the mortgage industry to carefully monitor its advertising practices. The MAP Rule prohibits deceptive and misleading commercial communications regarding any term of any...more

The Evolution of Real Estate Crowdfunding — Some Links

Real estate crowdfunding remains one of “fin-tech’s” hottest stories in 2016. While crowdfunding remains a tiny percentage of overall real estate debt or equity deals, the share continues to grow....more

FCC Declines TCPA Exemption for Mortgage Servicers

Rejecting a mortgage industry request, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has formally denied an exemption from the prior-express-consent mandates of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for mortgage servicers,...more

AirBNB & VRBO: Do My Neighbors Have a Say?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Following his transfer to Houston, Ruel Benda decided to keep his posh gated neighborhood Rodeo Drive house and started advertising it on AirBNB. His profits were so good that he began renting for 7 days or less. Insisting...more

CFPB enters into consent orders with reverse mortgage companies to settle alleged advertising violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it entered into consent orders with three reverse mortgage companies to settle the CFPB’s allegations that the companies engaged in deceptive advertising in violation of the Mortgage Acts and...more

CFPB Steps Up Oversight of Companies’ Compensation Programs Following Wells Fargo Scandal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will likely be weakened by the incoming Trump administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Exactly how, and how much, remains to be seen, however—and, in the meantime,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So, it turns out that all of the Brexit-style market freefalling was reserved for overnight trading. US markets actually closed up yesterday after modest opening losses....more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2016

by Burr & Forman on

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who agrees to...more

Mortgage Industry Seeks Exemption Under TCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected in the near term to decide the fate of an exemption sought by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) over the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) prior express...more

CFPB October 2016 complaint report highlights prepaid card complaints, complaints from North Carolina consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its October 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about prepaid cards and complaints from consumers in North Carolina and the Charlotte metro area.  The CFPB began taking prepaid card...more

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