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Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

Minnesota Supreme Court rules schools needed lending license to make student loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that two for-profit postsecondary education schools had charged usurious interest rates on student loans and could not charge rates greater than 8% without obtaining a lending...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania Ignores Key Constitutional Questions in Navient Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we’ve discussed before, the CFPB sued Navient over its student loan servicing practices in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In doing so, the CFPB followed its strategy of announcing new legal standards by enforcement...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

John Skvarla on the Strength of North Carolina Commerce

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In May, North Carolina won Site Selection magazine’s 2017 Prosperity Cup, earning recognition once again for its economic appeal and ability to attract new investments while offering a climate that supports growth. On the...more

Another trade group seeks federal preemption guidance from ED

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER), a national trade association representing higher education finance organizations, has written to the Department of Education urging the ED to issue preemption...more

State AGs seek injunction against Dept. of Education postponement of the Borrower Defense Rule; DeVos continues “regulatory reset”...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seeking an injunction of the Department of Education’s indefinite postponement of the Obama Administration’s Borrower...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We covered subprime auto yesterday. Today, it’s the other growing debt concern in the US—student loan obligations. Though here’s an unexpected take on it: due to missing or fake documentation, billions in defaulted student...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 16

by Clark Hill PLC on

Rep. Diane Black Fighting Budget Headwinds: Rep. Diane Black is facing a revolt over her plans to cut $200 billion from entitlement spending. The Tennessee Republican heads the House Budget Committee. A group of 20 GOP...more

Trade association asks ED to confirm preemption of state student loan servicing requirements for federal student loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Education Finance Council, a national trade association representing state-based nonprofit higher education finance organizations, has asked the Department of Education to “publicly state” that the ED’s rules governing...more

Tax-Exempt Financing of Churches, Parochial Schools and Other Sectarian Institutions After Trinity Lutheran Church: Permitted? ...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, precluding states from discriminating against churches in at least some state financing programs, raises anew the question of...more

CFPB Rolls Out Student Loan Servicing Campaign Focusing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Despite the uncertain future of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray partnered with North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein to roll out a new...more

CFPB issues report highlighting student loan complaints from borrowers working in public service; updates examination procedures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In conjunction with its public event yesterday on student loan servicing, the CFPB issued a new report, “Staying on track while giving back.” The report, which provides a mid-year update on student loan complaints,...more

U.S. Department of Education Delays Borrower Defense to Repayment Regulations, Announces New Negotiated Rulemaking Committees

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 14, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) announced its plan to convene negotiated rulemaking committees to consider revisions to two major sets of regulations that were developed by the Obama Administration. ED...more

CFPB to hold June 22 student loan servicing event

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a public event on June 22, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. about student loan servicing. The CFPB’s announcement provides no description other than that the event will feature remarks from Director Cordray and North...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

by Clark Hill PLC on

Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

Dept. of Education postpones effective date of arbitration ban and other provisions of “borrower defense” rule, announces intent...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the Dept. of Education announced that it is postponing “until further notice” the July 1, 2017 effective date of various provisions of the “borrower defense” final rule...more

Lawsuit filed challenging Dept. of Education “borrower defense” final rule banning arbitration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (CAPPS) has filed a complaint in D.C. federal district court against the Dept. of Education and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to overturn the “borrower defense”...more

Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee...more

Student Loan Servicing Regulations: 50 State Guide on Laws and Legislation – First Edition

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Preface - The following summary of current state law and pending legislation regarding student loan servicing as of June 1, 2017, is designed to serve as a tool to assist in understanding the breadth of state regulations...more

Department of Education Announces Overhaul of Federal Student Loan System

On Friday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a plan by the Department of Education to award its entire student loan servicing portfolio to a single company – down from its current roster of nine. The Department of...more

Navient Attacks CFPB UDAAP Enforcement Without Implementing Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the hallmarks of the CFPB’s enforcement actions has been its use of those actions to announce new legal standards. Navient attacks this enforcement strategy in its motion to dismiss a recent case brought against it by...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman reports on handling of defaulted borrowers by servicers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released an update setting forth the CFPB’s “preliminary observations” based on the data it received in response to a voluntary request for information sent to several of the largest...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Climate for Student Loan Oversight Gets Hotter with Recommendation of Top CFPB Student Loan Official for FTC Commissioner

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

While most mainstream media outlets are pulling a Jan Brady and reporting "Comey, Comey, Comey," the consumer financial services community should be chewing on a different name right now: "Chopra, Chopra, Chopra."...more

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