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California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...more

A Guide to Real Estate Crowdfunding Today - The Legal Landscape for Peer-to-Peer Lending

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is a rapidly growing vehicle for consumer and business purpose lending. It can provide fast, efficient access to capital, particularly for small businesses, and relatively attractive financing to...more

Pennsylvania’s Mechanics’ Lien Law Of 1963 – The Owner’s Perspective After The Amendments Of 2006 - 2014

When a property owner undertakes a construction project, chances are that he looks forward to enjoying his new (or improved) property. Drawings in hand, he anticipates the day when his project will be complete and ready for...more

Condo hotel revolution and resurgence: Why developers are using “new breed” of condo hotels for financing - One “little” legal...

We are now at a pivotal point for condo hotels. We are witnessing the complete turnaround in the way developers will structure condo hotel deals — particularly for high-end and luxury properties. This 180 degree turnaround in...more

CFPB Targets Marketing Service Agreements

On September 25, 2014, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) entered into a Consent Order with Lighthouse Title, Inc., a title insurance company located in Holland, Michigan (“Lighthouse”), in which the CFPB...more

Securities Class Action Dismissed Where Information Was Publicly Available

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington recently dismissed a securities fraud class action against Zillow, Inc. and named officers and directors, holding that the material omissions plaintiff alleged were...more

Report From Counsel: Insights and Developments in the Law - Fall 2014

In this Report: - Homeowners’ Insurance: The Devil Resides in the Details - “Cybersmear” Lawsuits - Age Discrimination in Employment - The Marital Deduction: A Valuable Estate Planning...more

REsource -- Fall 2014

A Guide to Real Estate Crowdfunding Today - The idea of creating large scale syndicates to purchase real estate is a classic concept. Large scale syndication traces its roots directly back to the 1920’s, when...more

Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

CFPB RESPA Enforcement Action Targets Marketing Services Agreements

On September 30, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Michigan-based title insurance company to address allegations that the company’s marketing services agreements (MSAs) with several real estate brokers violated the...more

The CFPB Weighs in on Marketing Services Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has, for the first time, publicly expressed views on marketing services agreements (“MSAs”) under Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). After...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds District Court Order Barring Telemarketers From Selling Mortgage And Debt Relief Programs

This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision to uphold the District Court of Northern Ohio’s earlier ruling prohibiting the defendants from selling false mortgage assistance and debt relief...more

CFPB Wants to Publish Detailed Consumer Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed to publicly disclose details of consumer complaints filed through its web-based public consumer complaint database by including a consumer narrative of events that...more

Mortgage Lead Generator Will Pay $500,000 to Settle FTC Charges about False Ads

On September 12, a mortgage refinancing lead generator, Intermundo Media, LLC (doing business as Delta Prime Refinance), agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty, among other things, to settle the FTC’s allegations that the...more

Social Media Concerns Potentially Affecting Arizona’s Real Estate Industry

A growing number of governmental authorities are cracking down on the use of social media with regard to commercial transactions. In Arizona, for example, legislation was proposed restricting an employer’s right to access...more

The Brave New World of Consumer Compliance

Compliance has changed from a checklist-based, technical science to a principles-based, qualitative art. Gone are the days when an institution that is compliant with all substantive consumer protection laws can breathe easy;...more

CFPB Fines Online Mortgage Company And Its Owner For Alleged Deceptive Rate Advertising

On August 12, the CFPB announced a consent order with a nonbank mortgage lender, its affiliated appraisal management company (AMC), and the individual owner of both companies to resolve allegations that the lender deceptively...more

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and...more

Dodd-Frank News: July 2014 Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..RESPA ..FDCPA ..TCPA ..FCCPA & FDCPA ..TILA - In The News ..CFPB to Begin Collecting Complaints Regarding Prepaid Cards ..CFPB Proposes Letting...more

“Operation Mis-Modification” Targets Foreclosure Relief Companies

The CFPB continues to ramp up its enforcement actions and its collaboration with state AG offices as part of the new “Operation Mis-Modification.” The CFPB, the FTC and fifteen states announced a series of lawsuits...more

SEC Decision Regarding TIC Advertisements Offers Broader Lessons About Providing Fair and Balanced Disclosures

Earlier this year, the SEC found that CapWest Securities, Inc., a defunct broker-dealer, had failed to comply with advertising rules in promoting investments that use Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (“1031...more

Federal Court Rejects Controversial Attempt To Expand Class Action Liability

In a putative class action in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey quickly put to rest a controversial theory advanced by the plaintiffs to allow them to sue defendants who admittedly caused...more

Arkansas Amends Rules Regarding Fair Mortgage Lending Act

The Arkansas Securities Department (Department) recently amended provisions to the Rules of the Fair Mortgage Lending Act (Rules) that became effective on February 9, 2014. The new Rules concern the licensing of loan officers...more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 09, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

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