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Last month, Ballard Spahr attorneys Gary C. Tepper and Daniel J. Tobin filed an amicus brief for the Mortgage Bankers Association in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Petry et al. v. Prosperity Mortgage Co.,...more
On November 6, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice as not yet ripe for determination a suit by investors seeking to preempt a California city’s plan to use its eminent...more
The Southern District of California recently held that claims against a mortgage loan servicer are not preempted by the Home Owners Loan Act (HOLA) when they rely on "general allegations of misrepresentation" and are only...more
In an opinion issued late last week, the California Supreme Court interpreted the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq. (the “UCL”), to allow a UCL unlawfulness claim based on a “borrowed” federal...more
There are many branches, agencies, and subsidiaries of foreign banks licensed to conduct banking business here in New York. These foreign-bank offices are often the targets of civil discovery requests seeking production of...more
Argentina filed a petition for writ of certiorari in US Supreme Court: what Argentina wants, when the Supreme Court will answer, and whether or not Argentina will get its day in the high Court.
On June 24, the Republic...more
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently resolved a split within the circuit when it held that a bankruptcy court has the power to recharacterize debt as equity. In In re Fitness Holdings International, Inc.,...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Cases
..Amendments to Preemption Standards
..TILA Statute of Limitations
..Dodd-Frank Amendments to RESPA
In McDaniel v. Wells Fargo Investments, LLC, Nos. 11-17017, 11-55859, 11-55943, 11-55958, 2013 WL 1405949 (9th Cir. Apr. 9, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of four class...more
In an important decision for private equity sponsors and other insiders who advance loans to their businesses, on April 30, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in In re Fitness Holdings International confirmed that...more
Executive Summary: ERISA “top hat” plan’s anti-alienation provision does not trump state garnishment laws.
A familiar feature of ERISA is its protection of a participant’s retirement savings from creditors; ERISA...more
In a recent decision, the Third Circuit took sides in a split between U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal over what action borrowers must take to exercise their right to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). It...more
In IRB-Brasil Resseguros, S.A. v. Inepar Investments, S.A., No. 191, 2012 WL 6571286 (N.Y. Dec. 18, 2012), the Court of Appeals of the State of New York held that a broad choice of law provision in a contract precludes any...more
On January 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a putative class action against a national bank over its adjustable rate mortgage disclosure and payment application....more
The New York Court of Appeals has held that where a contract contains a New York choice-of-law provision and is otherwise subject to New York General Obligations Law Section 5-1401, New York substantive law will apply and the...more
On December 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a national bank’s practice of posting payments to checking accounts in a particular order is a federally authorized pricing decision, and that federal...more
On October 17, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that the post-repossession notice requirements in the Ohio Retail Installment Sales Act (RISA) and the Ohio Uniform Commercial Code (OUCC) were not...more
A few weeks ago, I purchased a copy of Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts by Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner. According to the cover, the authors “carefully and engagingly explain 57 valid canons of...more
Introduction - Defined contribution retirement plans (such as 401(k), profit sharing and employee stock ownership plans) that invest in qualifying employer securities have a special exemption from a requirement to diversify...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that a TILA rescission claim is not subject to dismissal on an initial motion to dismiss for failure to expressly plead the ability to repay loan proceeds.
The California lower courts have not been friendly toward national banks’ claims of preemption. That may change. On June 21, the California Supreme Court held in a unanimous opinion that the National Bank Act preempts...more
AS the June 30 deadline for filing a Report of Foreign Bank Account (FBAR) approaches the risks of non-compliance increase. A recent Petition to the U.S. Supreme Court illustrates the problem. The case, M.H. v. U.S arises...more
In a docket crowded with blockbuster cases this term, the Supreme Court's decision concerning the circuit split over cramdown plans precluding credit bidding by secured lenders may not stoke as much passion or fury as the...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a paragraph in an asset purchase agreement qualified as an amendment to an employee benefit plan, highlighting a split between circuits of the U.S. Courts of...more
On April 5, the Fourth Circuit held that the National Bank Act (NBA) did not preempt the Maryland Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions (CLEC). Epps v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, No. 10-2444, 2012 WL 1134065 (4th Cir. Apr....more