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Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act....more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

New Mexico becomes 48th state to enact data breach notification law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New Mexico recently became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law. This continues the accelerated pace of state data breach legislative activity in the last two years. Since 2015, at least 41 states have...more

Revisiting the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act – Again

For the second time in two years, West Virginia’s legislature passes a bill to modify the state consumer protection law....more

House to hold April 26 hearing on revised Financial CHOICE Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Financial Services Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on April 26, 2017 to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act.  It also released a discussion draft of a revised version of the bill....more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

Congress Sends Repeal Of Obama-Era Privacy Rules To The White House

by King & Spalding on

Congress has sent repeal legislation (S.J.Res. 34) to the White House to undo the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) broadband privacy rules adopted in October 2016 that would have required cable and wireless companies...more

States Take Action! New Mexico, Tennessee and Virginia Pass New Data Breach Legislation

After a quiet winter there has been significant activity in state legislatures to enact, strengthen or clarify their data breach notification statutes. The latest happenings are summarized below and we have updated our “Mintz...more

Additional CHOICE Act changes proposed by Chairman Hensarling would further reduce CFPB’s power

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 6, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Services Committee Leadership Team describing key revisions to the Financial Choice Act. Last week, he...more

NJ Out-Of-Network Update

Increased Focus on the NJ Surprise Bills Legislation - As you know, New Jersey legislators have been considering laws regulating surprise bills by out of network providers for over 8 years. Recently, activity has...more

Director Cordray Has Chance to Retain Power and Autonomy

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court issued its decision in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in October, 2016, holding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

For the Second Time, Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date is Pushed Back

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In an unsurprising move, the Department of Labor (DOL) postponed the applicability date of the fiduciary rule on April 4 for an additional 60 days. The new applicability date for the rule is June 9, 2017, although the DOL...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

Controversial NY lender and student loan servicer licensing proposals removed from budget bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A New York lender licensing proposal that threatened to create new regulatory burdens for financial service providers and to potentially adversely affect credit availability to New York residents and businesses, has been...more

Amid attacks, Attorney Generals from 17 states and the District of Columbia defend the CFPB’s Prepaid Account Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since the CFPB issued its final rule for general purpose prepaid accounts on October 5, 2016, it has faced attacks from Congress and criticism from industry participants On April 5, in a letter to Congressional leaders,...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

Legal, Political and Practical Challenges in Regulating Recreational Marijuana

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 30, eight bills were introduced by senior members of Congress from both parties to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The bills were referred to at least five House Committees, as they address federal criminal...more

CFPB’s prepaid account rule faces further attacks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since the CFPB issued its final rule for general purpose prepaid accounts on October 5, 2016, it has faced challenges from Congress and criticism from industry participants. In recognition of the numerous compliance...more

March 2017 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s tentative award of Mexico City slots, DHS/TSA’s prohibitions on the in-cabin carriage of certain personal electronic devices on nonstop flights to...more

Congress Invalidates New FCC Privacy and Data Security Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

Following actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to suspend the effective date of the FCC’s data security rules, the US Congress—pursuant to the Congressional Review Act—passed a resolution to block the...more

West Virginia Legislature Approves Amendments to WVCCPA

by Burr & Forman on

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee and the West Virginia Senate recently approved amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (“WVCCPA”), West Virginia Code §§ 46A-1-101 et seq, which was last...more

Trump Meets Xi: Will They Talk Cybersecurity?

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that his predecessor was weak on China. But at least with respect to cybersecurity, the facts don’t support that charge. In 2015, “following all-night negotiations,” Robert Silvers...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - March 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Part I – TCPA: Regulatory - Commission Releases and Actions - The FCC adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) and Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) that proposes to make it permissible for voice service providers...more

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