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Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

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The saga of Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, grandson of former Secretary of State (and Theranos director) George Shultz, who faced threats, a familial rift, and a boat-load of legal fees as he tried to expose Theranos’...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

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Soooooo . . . about that whole Brexit thing. A UK High Court has ruled that Britain’s EU withdrawal cannot move forward without the approval of Parliament, setting off more uncertainty and what’s expected to be a series of...more

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The CFTC’s reportedly investigating the interest rate swap activities of Citigroup and others. Swaps allow companies to “hedge against a rise or fall in interest rates on the debt that they issue or hold, with banks usually...more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

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Qualcomm is reportedly set to acquire NXP Semiconductors for just shy of $40 billion in a deal that would help Qualcomm move beyond smartphone chips and into the broader internet of things....more

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The weekend’s business news was dominated by the word that AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion in the biggest yet in a series of telecomm mergers....more

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Like a hot new underground nightclub [I presume.  Not exactly  my scene], Marcus—Goldman Sachs’ new online lending platform aimed at the consumer banking segment—requires a password. Goldman’s reportedly sending out the...more

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Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

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It’s not quite in the 9-year AIG/Greenberg territory, but it’s been five years since the Feds started investigating former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine and his role in overseeing the collapse of brokerage firm MF...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.5.16

Investor plaintiffs won a big discovery battle with the US gov’t over its 2012 decision to seize Fannie & Freddie’s profits. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret Sweeney has ruled that the government improperly invoked the...more

CFPB Sends Clear Message That FinTech Start-Ups Have Same Obligations as Established Companies

In a clear message to FinTech start-ups, on September 27, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered online lender Flurish, Inc. to pay $1.83 million in refunds and a civil penalty of $1.8 million for...more

CFPB enters into consent order with auto title lender

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with TMX Finance, LLC to settle allegations that the company did not provide sufficient information to consumers about the terms of auto title loans, pawns or...more

CFPB announces enforcement actions against auto title lenders

The CFPB announced that it has filed administrative enforcement actions against five Arizona auto title lenders for alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act advertising requirements. According to the CFPB, the lenders...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Claim For Fraudulent Wire Transfer Under Commercial Crime Policy Found to be Covered, Although Denial Not In Bad Faith

Principle Solutions Group, LLC, an information technology company, lost $1.717 million when it became the victim of a fraud scheme for which it sought coverage under the terms of a commercial crime policy issued by Ironshore...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.8.16

In a move anticipated over the past year or so, Caliber Home Loans—with PE Lone Star Funds’ backing—is making more loans to “borrowers with spotty credit histories.” A euphemism for subprime, by the way. That targeting has...more

FinTech Flash: Marketplace Lending Bank Partner as True Lender

In our last FinTech Flash we covered the pros and cons of marketplace lending platform companies entering into bank partnerships. If the arrangement is structured properly, two significant advantages result...more

Second Circuit: Placing Order Online Did Not Bind Customer to Amazon’s Arbitration Provision

In an important decision underscoring the challenges faced by retailers and others in enforcing online arbitration agreements with their customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a district...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.26.16

Plaintiffs in the Forex MDL currently in NY federal court argued this week to Judge Lorna Schofield that the 2d Circuit’s recent ruling dismissing some plaintiffs in an aluminium price fixing suit did not apply to rob them of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.17.16

Billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen (he, formerly of SAC Capital Advisors) has agreed to be barred from commodities trading until 2018 under the terms of a settlement announced by the CFTC yesterday....more

FDIC Proposes More Hurdles for Bank Partners of Marketplace Lenders

The FDIC is proposing guidance that will affect marketplace lenders and their banking partners. On July 29, 2016, the FDIC issued FIL-50-2016, which seeks comment on proposed Guidance for Third-Party Lending for...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.4.16

As foreshadowed a few weeks ago, the Bank of England has cut its main interest rate to an historically low .25 percent in an effort to address the impact of June’s Brexit vote. The BOE will start bond buying in September....more

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