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Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Airbnb Files Suit to Enjoin San Francisco Law

As expected, Airbnb filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday seeking to enjoin the recently enacted amendments to the City’s so-called “Airbnb law.” The suit seeks to strike...more

HUD and FCC Broadband Services Expansion Proposals

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the FCC have released a set of proposals that could enhance public housing residents’ access to broadband services. In a three-part series of BB&K Legal Alerts, we have...more

CFPB June 2016 complaint report highlights consumer loan complaints, complaints from Arkansas consumers

The CFPB has issued its June 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about consumer loans and complaints from consumers in Arkansas and the Little Rock metro area. The CFPB began taking consumer loan complaints in...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - June 2016

Seventh Circuit Held No Implicit Threat to Proceed to Trial by Debt Collector When Filing a Collection Lawsuit - St. John v. CACH, LLC, No.14-2760, 2016 WL 2909195 (7th Cir. May 19, 2016) - On May 19, 2016, the...more

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to impose new and unfunded mandates on local governments related to the accessibility of broadband services in federally funded...more

FCC's Lifeline Order

The Federal Communication Commission's recent expansion of Universal Services from supporting only voice services to broadband services (also known as the “Lifeline Broadband program”) could lead to enhanced broadband...more

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

On June 7, 2016, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

CFPB Releases Spring 2016 Rulemaking Agenda

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

CFPB May 2016 complaint report highlights credit reporting complaints, complaints from New Mexico consumers

The CFPB has issued its May 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about credit reporting  and complaints from consumers in New Mexico and the Albuquerque metro area.  The CFPB began taking complaints about credit...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

FCC’s Proposed Regulations Would Gut TCPA Exception for Debts Owed to or Guaranteed by U.S.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Act) amended the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to remove the prior express consent requirement for calls ''made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United...more

AOL, Dropbox and the Big “uh-oh”

A New York couple brought suit against their former law firm because it used an America Online account to transact firm business. If you are my age you probably remember that AOL and “You’ve got mail!” were the future—back...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #18

FCA finalises CCA first charge mortgage rules - FCA has published its policy statement and final rules following its consultation (see FReD 13 November 2015) on the treatment of first charge mortgages that are regulated...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #17

FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News - The latest edition of Ombudsman News focuses on cases relating to cars and debt management. (Source: FOS publishes latest Ombudsman News)... FOS responds to feedback on...more

Qatar's Strong Start to a Testing Year

Perhaps it is no longer a hidden fact that 2016 will be a difficult year for the Qatari market. With more governmental or quasi-governmental entities announcing reductions or cancellations of projects, staff redundancies and...more

Effective Communication with Consumers with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to certain entities providing goods and services to the public. In the context of interactions with the public, mortgage lenders have obligations to ensure that information...more

Crowdfunding: Disclosing Both Pros and Cons?

Crowdfunding has grown tremendously in the past few years, and with the recent finalization by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its rulemaking under a 2012 law, there may be an even greater expansion of investor...more

Financial Services Report, Spring 2016

Why another law firm newsletter? Over ten years ago, Will Stern answered that question in the first Editor’s Note of the first Financial Services Report. Some things have changed since then—we no longer print and mail paper...more

Consumer Financial Services Litigation - Year In Review

In 2015, the consumer financial services industry continued to face increasing pressure, from regulators and government enforcement activity, and ever-more creative litigation tactics. In order to stay competitive—and to...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

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