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State-vs.-State Unclaimed Property Dispute May be Heading to the Supreme Court

In March, we issued an advisory highlighting a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department against the State of Delaware in federal district court seeking to recover uncashed official checks escheated to Delaware by...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action Against Loan Officer for Alleged Mortgage Fee Kickback Scheme

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the issuance of a consent decree with a former mortgage loan officer arising out of alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act’s...more

CFPB Releases Report on Single-Payment Vehicle Title Loans

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report analyzing consumer usage and default patterns for certain single-payment vehicle title loans (the “Report”). Vehicle title loans are loans...more

Why a Plan Sponsor Shold Seek Out a Retirement Plan "Dentist"

More than a dozen years ago, there was a medical report that dental plaque could cause heart disease. I thought it was some sort of dental conspiracy to increase revenue as fluoridated water and other dental hygiene has had...more

The Brave New Fiduciary World Has Arrived – The DOL Tries to Find a More Ideal Balance in the Final “Investment Advice” Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 6, 2016 released the final version of its “investment advice” regulation and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions, a highly-anticipated milestone that is the...more

International Investment Arbitration in the Commonwealth of Independent States: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Wine, Steak, and Massage Parlors Are Personal Benefits for Insider Trading

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that friends’ gifts of wine, steak dinners, and other luxury items can constitute the types of personal benefit needed to establish a breach of duty in...more

International Investment Arbitration in Asia: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Departments Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Templates and Accompanying...

The Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and Treasury (the “Departments”) have jointly released final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template, the Uniform Glossary, and...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

International Investment Arbitration in Africa: Year in Review 2015

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

IRS Proposed Regulations Under Section 305(c)

In April, the IRS issued proposed regulations interpreting deemed distributions under Section 305(c). Specifically, the proposed regulations would clarify the amount and timing of deemed distributions that result from an...more

Dodd-Frank Implementation Update: Key Differences Between the CFTC and SEC Final Business Conduct Standards and Related...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted final business conduct rules for security-based swap dealers (SBSDs) and major security-based swap participants (MSBSPs) under Section 15F(h) of the Securities...more

New Guidance From FFIEC on Mobile Financial Services

Examiners will be paying more attention to mobile financial services (MFS) using new guidance recently issued by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)....more

A review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework: have your say

On 25 May, the Insolvency Service published a consultation paper on options for reform of the UK's corporate insolvency regime. Their impetus is for the UK to remain at the forefront of insolvency best practice to ensure...more

Russian Resident Individuals to Report on Foreign Accounts by 1 June 2016

Readers will recall, in 2014 Russian lawmakers amended RF Law No. 173-FZ On Currency Regulations and Currency Control dated 10 December 2003 (the CCL) to require Russian resident individuals (RRIs) to report on the movements...more

PowerPoint Slides: Labor and Employment Issues for Investment Management Companies and Hedge Funds

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted a webinar for West LegalEdcenter to discuss labor and employment issues for investment management companies and hedge funds. Mr. Nowak was joined by Pepper partner Richard J....more

The Evolution of Marketplace Lending

Marketplace lending in the U.S. continues to evolve at a rapid pace as a result of legal and regulatory developments and market forces. In particular: - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently ramped up its...more

Podcast on Labor and Employment Issues for Investment Management Companies and Hedge Funds

Pepper partner Gregory J. Nowak hosted a webinar for West LegalEdcenter to discuss labor and employment issues for investment management companies and hedge funds. Mr. Nowak was joined by Pepper partner Richard J....more

U.S. Supreme Court Expands Types of Fraud Which May Bar a Bankruptcy Discharge

The Supreme Court has rewarded creditors and their attorneys with a decision expanding the kinds of “actual fraud” which will prevent the discharge of a bankruptcy debtor. Some lower courts had held that to prevent a...more

A Proposition 65 Violation May Be Lurking in Your Cash Register Receipt

Many consumer-facing businesses have learned to identify high-risk Prop 65 targets: soft, flexible plastics; faux and colored leathers; and any kind of brass or metal that may contain lead or other heavy metals. But...more

DOL and Treasury Update 2015-2016 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory...more

Interagency Guidance Issued Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices

Federal banking agencies have advised financial institutions to adopt deposit reconciliation policies and practices for customer accounts, and to effectively manage the institution’s deposit reconciliation practices to comply...more

International Crackdown: Tax Authorities Look to Employment Structures in Initiating Audits

In structuring their workforces abroad, taxes are a major driving force for employers—and if recent government initiatives are any indicator, employers should take care when considering the tax implications of their staffing...more

Securities Industry Employment Arbitration

In the securities industry, the majority of all employment disputes are resolved through binding arbitration. This mandatory arbitration system is managed through a unique industry forum under the self-regulatory entity...more

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