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First Crowdfunding Portal Application Appears on EDGAR

CFS, LLC became the first crowdfunding portal application available on EDGAR. Actually, the initial application and two amendments are available. The company will conduct business under the name uFundingPortal and its website...more

Debt collector, Portfolio Recovery Associates, to pay $18 million to settle TCPA violations

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC (Portfolio Recovery) agreed to pay $18 million to end multi-district litigation against the debt collection company for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

BNA Insights: Regulation Crowdfunding and Small Businesses: A Match Made in SEC-Regulated Heaven?

The Dawn of a New Era in Capital Formation - The need for crowdfunding regulation became apparent after the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order to stop a crowdfunding effort by two men...more

Reality and Trend of China’s Regulation on Payment Service by Non-Financial Institutions 2016

Understanding the payments regulatory environment in China—both the existing regime and pending developments—is essential for companies engaged in cross-border payments activities (particularly non-financial institutions). At...more

CFPB Issues Report on Payday and Installment Loans; Director Cordray Weighs in on Online Lending Industry

On April 20, the CFPB issued a report titled “Online Payday Loan Payments,” which covers an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012 and examines how online lenders’ attempts to recover debts are affecting consumers. Also on April...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Democratic Senators Commission GAO to Study Fintech Industry

On April 18, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that it complete a study on the fintech industry. Under the...more

CFPB unveils changes to website

The CFPB’s website has a new look.  Last week, the CFPB unveiled a set of updates to the website.  According to the CFPB, the new features “will help users quickly and easily browse the vast range of information, tools, and...more

Seventh Circuit Holds No Agreement Entered Into With Respect To On-Line Contract

This case arises from an appeal from an Illinois federal district court, which ruled that TransUnion, a credit reporting agency, did not give a putative class of its website users proper notice of an arbitration agreement,...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Co-Founders of California Online Lead Aggregator

On April 21, the CFPB filed two complaints against individual operators of an online lead aggregator for their alleged involvement in the company’s practice of reselling consumers’ sensitive personal data to lenders and debt...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: April 2016

Finance - PACA Liens Could Impact Financing Terms - The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) is a federal law enacted in 1930 with the goal of protecting suppliers and sellers of agricultural goods from...more

Public Mining of Securities Regulatory Big Data

An article in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal called for FINRA to make the database underlying its BrokerCheck® system (of reports on stockbroker registration and disciplinary history) more widely available for data mining...more

CFPB's Latest Action is Against the Co-Founders of a Lead Aggregator

On April 21 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought its latest enforcement action by filing a civil suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (CDCA) against Dmitry...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 1 [Video]

In this initial This Week in FCPA, Episode 1, Jay Rosen and I review this week's happenings in the world of FCPA. Today we discuss the 4th anniversary of the New York Times story about Wal-Mart in Mexico, the Harder guilty...more

CFPB Identifies Hidden Costs and Fees Associated With Online Payday Loans

On April 20, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report regarding online payday lenders’ efforts to debit payments from a borrower’s checking account. Based on an 18-month observation period, the...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms "Prior Express Consent" in Health Care Collections Case

Baisden v. Credit Adjustments, Inc., No. 15-3411, 2016 WL 561735 (6th Cir. Feb. 12, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that two hospital patients consented to a debt collection agency's...more

How to Avoid or Respond to Wire Transfer Fraud

Businesses are increasingly falling victim to wire fraud scams – sometimes referred to as “man-in-the-email” or “business email compromise” scams. Although there are multiple variants, a common situation involves an attacker...more

DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments

In recent months, the attention of the tribal lending industry has focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s emerging role in regulating short-term loans from sovereign tribal nations, but a new and even more...more

Data Localization and the TPP: Financial Institutions Beware

After five years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement was finally signed in early February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. The TPP, which President Obama describes as a strategic "pivot" toward Asia,...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.20.16

As Yahoo took stock of its suitors yesterday, it released word that its business “continued to deteriorate in the first quarter, putting more pressure on the company to find a buyer quickly for its Internet operations.”...more

Borrower Out of Business? Using the Internet to Identify Successor Liability

You open the paper to discover that a “new business”- NewCo has opened at the same location as a current borrower (OldCo). Upon further investigation, you drive by the former business location of OldCo and there is different...more

Federal Crowdfunding: What Comes Next?

In our original article on this subject, “SEC Finally Adopts Federal Crowdfunding Rules: All That Glitters May Not Be Gold,” we discussed some of the highlights of the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”)...more

Stakeholders Weigh-in on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

In February 2014, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published the Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary framework designed to provide a “cost-effective means for critical infrastructure to identify,...more

Federal Crowdfunding: Practical Considerations For Interested Parties

This is the second of a series of articles on the final federal crowdfunding rule (the “Regulation”) recently adopted by the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As explained more fully in our original article, federal...more

Government Seeks Civil Forfeiture of Funds Stolen in Business E-Mail Fraud

On April 14, 2016, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover nearly $100 million stolen from an unidentified U.S. company through a form of wire fraud or...more

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