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Bill on Bankruptcy: Trustees Sleep Easy after High Court Ruling
Could This Law School Ranking Unseat US News?
Bill on Bankruptcy: Kodak Plan Bumps the Debt, Craters Stock
Tips for Mobile App Privacy Compliance
Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans
Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War
Buchheit: Cyprus Could Need a Second Bailout
Bill on Bankruptcy: Sigmund Freud, Marx Brothers, Bernie Madoff
Craft Beer Boom in Michigan
Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges
Monster Energy Drink Accused of Teen Death
A New World for Mortgage Banking – What You Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules
Beware of Notarios
What’s Next from the CFPB
Weekly Brief: Lawyers Laid Off After Foreclosure Settlement
Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers
Jennifer Abril on The Story of Fragrances
Top 3 Concerns in Data Security
Weekly Brief: Will Congress Garnish Paychecks to Repay Student Loans?
McEntee: Law Schools Should Cut Enrollment 50%
The Federal Reserve's Minimum Standards for Prioritization and Handling Borrower Files with Imminent Foreclosure Sale.
The Federal Reserves guidance is significant because it applies to all regulated bank servicing, rather...more
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Minimum Standards for Prioritization and Handling Borrower Files Subject to Imminent Foreclosure Sale for all OCC Regulated Banks.
The OCC guidance is significant because it...more
In This Issue:
Linda Goldstein to Provide Insight on FTC’s Dot Com Dislosure Guidance at Upcoming Bloomberg BNA Webinar; “All Natural” False Ad Suits Continue, Stalled; Wake Up! FDA Considers Caffeinated Foods;...more
As of April 26, 2013, sponsors of skill-based contests in Vermont can require an entry fee or other consideration for entry....more
The CFPB has announced the launch of its Spanish language website. According to the CFPB, in response to research showing that two-thirds of Latinos who are online tend to access the Internet from a mobile device, the website...more
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said that "Sunlight is the best disinfectant." The release of charges billed by some 3,337 Medicare hospitals for 100 of the most common inpatient diagnosis related...more
We have been keeping track of FinCEN's SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues virtually from its inception.
In its just issued May 2013 report, FinCEN provides new information regarding two areas of importance:
In January 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a series of new rules affecting the mortgage industry. These rules touch upon a wide variety of areas, including originations, appraisals, and servicing....more
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
On April 30, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule amending subpart B of Regulation E, which implements the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and the official interpretation to the regulation. This...more
In its annual letter to the CFPB on its 2012 administrative and enforcement activities related to Regulations B (ECOA), E (Electronic Fund Transfers), Z (TILA) and M (Consumer Leasing), the FTC stressed that it is “committed...more
Every new parent needs to acquire a stroller, and anyone who has had children understands how important these pieces of equipment are for purposes of mobility. Every trip to the store, to a friend’s house for a party or any...more
Bloomberg has reported that, according to a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate will vote next week on whether to advance President Obama’s renomination of Richard Cordray to serve as CFPB Director....more
A letter sent today to the CFPB by an attorney for the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), a national trade organization for payday lenders, asserts that the CFPB violated the Federal Advisory...more
If you are considering bankruptcy or are wondering what is required of a debtor who files for bankruptcy, then you will want to read this post!
Contact: George E. Bourguignon, Jr.
Phone: (508) 769-1359...more
On March 29, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed consideration of new regulation on lender-placed insurance. The FHFA specifically requested public input concerning sales commissions and reinsurance activities,...more
The FDA announced that it is conducting an investigation into the use of caffeine in foods and beverages. Since the FDA’s announcement, the energy drink industry has continued to receive significant media attention. On May 6,...more
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If you represent food and beverage manufacturers who advertise their products, you will want to be familiar with In the Matter of POM Wonderful LLC, a recent decision by the Federal Trade Commission...more
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a long-awaited declaratory ruling governing when a company is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and FCC telemarketing and autodialing rules, for...more
May 15 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trustees of all types are sleeping easier, knowing that their liabilities for theft by a co-trustee is a debt that can be wiped out in bankruptcy as a result of a unanimous Supreme Court decision...more
On April 30, 2013, Magistrate Judge Westmore recommended that the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California award Facebook $2.8 million in damages from typosquatters under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection...more
On May 3, the FTC approved a final order settling charges against a California-based cord blood bank firm alleged to have violated the FTC Act by failing to use reasonable and appropriate procedures for handling customers’...more
On May 9, 2013, Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson introduced the Application Privacy, Protection and Security Act of 2013 (the "Apps Act"), a bill "[t]o provide for greater transparency in and user control over the treatment...more
The California legislature is busily at work, staying at the forefront with the development of data privacy laws. More than 15 bills related to data privacy concerns are currently making their way through the legislature, and...more
The FTC recently released its annual letter to the CFPB on recent FTC enforcement actions related to the Truth in Lending Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act....more
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