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Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

by Hogan Lovells on

Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

FTC Provides 2016 Enforcement Report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2016 relating to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), Regulation...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

Spain Reorganises its National Regulatory Authorities to Comply with EU Guidelines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Spanish government recently passed a draft bill for the “ rationalization and organization of the supervising regulatory bodies of the markets and the improvement of its governance” (the Draft Bill). The bill aims to...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Happy New Year! While we acknowledge that it’s nearly summer now, this issue of Roundup includes case highlights from the first quarter of 2017. The year kicked off with more activity than the last quarter of 2016, with cases...more

FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching “Worthless” Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

by Goodwin on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Powers. On June 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission that disgorgement in a Securities and Exchange...more

Car Dealership Agrees to Consent Order to Pay $5.1 Million in Debt Forgiveness

by Goodwin on

On June 2, 2017, the Florida Attorney General (“Florida AG”) announced that it entered? into a consent order with a Florida car dealership and its president following allegations that the dealership and the individual...more

2016 - A Year for the FCPA Record Books & What It Means for Compliance Practitioners

by Thomas Fox on

We have never seen and may well never see again a year of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act corporate enforcements as we did in 2016. ...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

FTC Files Suit Against Student Debt Relief and Credit Repair Scheme

by Goodwin on

On May 25, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it filed a complaint? in federal court in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against a student loan debt relief and...more

FTC Obtains Preliminary Injunction Halting Alleged Debt Relief Scam

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the FTC filed a Complaint in Federal Court against Strategic Student Solutions and a number of related companies that claim to provide debt relief services. According to the Complaint, rather than providing...more

European Commission Consults on Operations of European Supervisory Authorities

by Jones Day on

On 21 March 2017, the European Commission published a consultation paper on the operations of the European Supervisory Authorities ("ESAs")...more

European Commission's Antitrust Concerns Lead to Syndicated Loans Market Study

by Jones Day on

In April 2017, the European Commission ("Commission") published a tender offer seeking an assessment of the EU market for loan syndication and possible implications under EU competition rules. The successful candidate will...more

FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

FDIC Announces Settlements With Wisconsin Banks Over Lending Violations

by Goodwin on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a settlement with a Wisconsin bank and two affiliated institutions, resolving allegations that the three lenders violated Section 5 of the Federal...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...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

Preparing for Antitrust Scrutiny of Arranger and Lender Conduct in Leveraged Loan Commitment Process

As a result of the announcement by the European Commission in its 2017 Management Plan that it will possibly engage in a sector inquiry under Article 17 of Regulation 1/2003 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European...more

Federal court upholds FTC opinion applying TSR robocall consent requirement to calls made using soundboard technology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A D.C. federal district court has rejected a trade group’s attempt to invalidate a November 2016 FTC opinion in which the agency concluded that outbound telemarketing calls made using soundboard technology are subject to the...more

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