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FINRA Proposes New TRACE Data Set

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced last week that it is seeking comment on a proposal to create a new academic Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) data set. While academic researchers...more

Keeping Marblegate in Perspective: Implications for Debt Restructurings, Indenture Amendments and New Bond Issues

Involuntary debt restructurings that have the effect of impairing a bondholder’s right to receive payment may violate the Trust Indenture Act. This was recently held in the Marblegate/Education Management Corp. bondholder...more

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

CFPB update on student loan complaints continues to highlight co-signer release issues

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that analyzes the approximately 3,100 private student loan complaints received by the CFPB betweenOctober 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. The update also analyzes...more

Bipartisan Legislation Would Designate "Manufacturing Universities"

On March 18, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced the Manufacturing Universities Act of 2015, which aims to strengthen engineering programs at America's universities and better prepare students...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Dodd-Frank Study Scrutinizes Arbitration Agreements & Class Action Waivers

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its long-awaited “Arbitration Study: Report to Congress, pursuant to Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act § 1028(a)”, which presents...more

Pass Or Fail? CFPB Seeks to Grade Financial Institutions Working With Schools

Why it matters - Under a new proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), financial companies would be graded on a “scorecard” for their offerings to students. The “Safe Student Account Scorecard”...more

Regulators Release Guidance on Private Student Loans With Graduated Repayment Terms at Origination

On January 29, the federal financial regulatory agencies (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union...more

Eighth Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment, Directs Trial Court to Determine Whether Consent Was Revoked

In an unpublished, per curiam decision, the Eighth Circuit recently reversed the entry of summary judgment in favor of a defendant and directed the district court to address whether the plaintiff had revoked his consent to...more

Restructuring in Higher Education

Since 2011, there have been an increasing number of restructurings in higher education. What may have started with the foreclosure and sale of ATI Schools and Colleges has continued this year with last month’s conversion of...more

Community Colleges Must Report Debt Revenue Loss By Friday Under Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform

Recent reforms to the Michigan personal property tax require community colleges to report their debt revenue loss to the Michigan Department of Treasury by September 5, 2014....more

SEC Announces First Settled Proceeding Against Municipal Issuer under MCDC Initiative

The SEC announced July 8 its first settled administrative proceeding against a municipal issuer under its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In its Order, the SEC charged Kings Canyon Joint...more

SEC Resolves First Case Under New Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On July 8, 2014, the SEC announced that it had settled charges that a school district in California misled bond investors about its failure to comply with its continuing disclosure obligations under Rule 15c2-12 of the...more

SEC’s First Action Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

The SEC settled its first action under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative, launched on March 10, 2014. Under the Initiative the Enforcement Division agreed to recommend settlement on favorable,...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to...

House Budget - Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to Raleigh Tuesday to continue the budget process. House leadership held a press conference Tuesday morning to unveil their...more

Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional...

The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher...more

4 Consequences to Defaulting on Your Student Loans

The amount of student loans incurred by Arizona residents continues to climb. In fact that total amount of student loan debt is now over $1 trillion dollars nationally. Many people find themselves in a situation where they...more

START-UP NY: Creating Tax-Free Zones for High-Tech Startups in New York State

In an effort to attract startup companies and leverage the research capacity and workforces available in New York’s colleges and universities, New York State recently established tax-free zones for certain startup companies....more

The CFPB Requests That Agreements Marketing Financial Products to Students Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Education be...

As a follow up to its initial inquiry earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) is alerting financial institutions about the “potentially risky practice of making secret payments” to colleges and...more

CFPB’s hand seen in student loan bill

Four Senate Democrats (Senators Boxer, Warren, Durbin and Reed) recently introduced a bill entitled the “Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.” On March 1, 2014, the CFPB will begin overseeing servicers of federal and private...more

CFPB calls for public disclosure of campus financial product marketing agreements

The CFPB wants financial institutions to post on their websites their marketing agreements with colleges and universities for financial products other than credit cards, such as deposit accounts, prepaid cards and financial...more

CFPB Finalizes “Larger Participant” Rule For Student Loan Servicing, Updates Exam Procedures

On December 3, the CFPB issued a final rule that will allow the Bureau to supervise certain nonbank student loan servicers for the first time. The CFPB already oversees student loan servicing at the largest banks. ...more

CFPB asks private student loan servicers for information on handling extra payments

The CFPB recently sent a letter to private student loan servicers asking them for information about their practices for handling extra payments from borrowers (i.e., payments in excess of the minimum amount due). This past...more

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