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Senate Leader Mitch McConnell skeptical of Dodd-Frank reform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent Bloomberg interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed skepticism about the Senate’s ability to pass meaningful Dodd-Frank reform.  After months of inactivity, the House Financial CHOICE Act finally...more

The Financial CHOICE Act, now closer to passage, would significantly impact the mortgage industry

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 4 H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act (the Act) introduced by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, obtained enough votes to move the bill on to the House of Representatives floor.  The Act...more

West Virginia enacts significant amendments to debt collection law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Significant changes to West Virginia’s debt collection law will take effect on July 4, 2017.  Senate Bill 536, approved by the state’s governor on April 21, 2017, includes the following amendments...more

CFPB prepaid card rule survives Senate CRA challenge

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s final prepaid card rule has survived Republican efforts to nullify the rule under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA establishes a special set of procedures through which Congress can nullify final...more

House Financial Services Committee passes Financial Choice Act containing CFPB overhaul, significant changes to rulemaking...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Thursday, by a party-line vote of 34-26, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) proposed by Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling....more

KL Snapshot #13 – Mars-Avril 2017

Jean-Pierre Mattout - La révocation du président pour différend stratégique avec l’actionnaire majoritaire, in Revue des sociétés avril 2017 - Gilles Kolifrath, Jérôme Blanchet, Mélanie Goupy & Galina Petrova -...more

House members urge CFPB to facilitate use of API technology for consumer access to personal financial information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In November 2016, the CFPB issued a request for information about market practices related to consumer access to financial information. The RFI contained a series of questions about current market practice related to...more

Trump Administration appointee to serve as OCC Acting Comptroller

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The Treasury Department has issued a press release announcing that Treasury Secretary Mnuchin plans to appoint Keith A. Noreika as a Deputy Comptroller and designate him the First Deputy Comptroller of the OCC.  Effective May...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

House Financial Services Committee Plans Major Changes to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One of the cornerstones of the Republican platform during the 2016 elections was to undertake a major overhaul of the Dodd-Frank Act, the landmark Obama-era law that spurred over 22,000 pages of new regulations and...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

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On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

West Virginia Legislature Approves Amendments to WVCCPA

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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

Some suggested questions for Director Cordray’s expected appearance at April 5 House hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 5, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing, “The 2016 Semi-Annual Reports of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.” Since Director Cordray has appeared at all of the...more

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