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School Districts: Tax Cap Upheld Over Strong Dissent - Next Stop N.Y.’s Highest Court (5/16)

The Appellate Division, Third Department today upheld a constitutional challenge to New York’s tax cap. The suit, brought by NYSUT, asserted several different legal theories challenging the constitutionality of the statute....more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Responds to Industry Concerns on Know Before You Owe Rule - On April 28, the CFPB issued a letter to banking and industry groups in response to an inquiry by the Mortgage Bankers...more

The “Payback Playbook”: CFPB Calls for Comments on Student Loan Communication Initiative

On April 28, 2016, the CFPB released its “Payback Playbook” initiative proposal, which concerns loan servicers laying out student loan repayment options in communications with borrowers in order to “reduce defaults, improve...more

Dept. of Education announces student loan credit reporting and servicing initiatives

Last week, the CFPB announced that it had issued a Request for Information seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures (the “Payback Playbook”) to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2016 #4

Regulatory Developments - Federal Banking Regulators Propose Net Stable Funding (Liquidity) Ratio - The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Federal Reserve), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

CFPB seeking comment on new repayment plan disclosures for federal student loan borrowers

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative repayment plans.  Comments are due on or before...more

CFPB Suffers First Official CID Challenge

On April 21, 2016, Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on the first judicial challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB,” or “Bureau”) authority to...more

CFPB Receives Strategy Lesson—Court Holds it Overreached by Investigating For-Profit School Accreditation

The CFPB received a lesson in the importance of specificity on April 21st when the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s Judge Richard J. Leon found that it overreached in its attempt to enforce a Civil...more

Federal Court: CFPB Overstepped Jurisdiction in Issuing CID to For-Profit Colleges Accreditor

Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on April 21, 2016, ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) did not have authority to issue a Civil Investigation Demand (CID) to...more

CFPB, “Please”: Judge Rebuffs CFPB’s Attempt to Compel Documents Regarding For-Profit College Accreditation

Last Thursday, a federal district court judge in D.C. denied the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) attempt to compel documents from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Rejecting...more

CFPB Cannot Force For-Profit College Group to Comply With Investigative Demand

On April 21, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that due to a lack of authority under existing consumer protection laws, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) cannot require a...more

CFPB Gives Debt Relief Company Targeting Students a Failing Grade

Continuing its focus on the student loan industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a debt relief company to shut down operations and pay a penalty for allegedly scamming borrowers and misrepresenting...more

CFPB lacked authority to issue CID issued to college accrediting organization, D.C. federal district court rules

The D.C. federal district court has ruled that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

CFPB Announces Senior Staff Changes

On April 12, the CFPB announced several senior leadership changes and additions to its team. Elizabeth Ellis, who previously had served as the CFPB’s Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Financial Institutions and...more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

Class Action TCPA Case Dismissed Because Calls Were Made Solely To Collect a Debt Owed To Or Guaranteed By The United States

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency autodialed student debtor, Neil Silver, in January 2014 in an effort to collect on student debt. Silver claimed that these calls were made without his consent, and therefore...more

CFPB Issues Consent Order against San Diego-Based Student Debt Loan Relief Company

On March 30, the CFPB filed a consent order against a San Diego-based student debt relief operation for alleged violations of the CFPA, the Telemarketing Sales Rule, and Regulation P. According to the CFPB, the company –...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Another Student Debt Relief Company

On March 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against student debt relief company Student Aid Institute, Inc., and its chief executive officer, Steven Lamont, for allegedly...more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2016

Upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act salary-basis test may convert many of your smartphone-toting exempt employees into non-exempt employees, requiring you to track the evening and weekend time these employees...more

CFPB settles with another student loan debt relief company

The CFPB announced it has entered into a consent order with Student Aid Institute, Inc., a student debt relief company, and its chief executive officer. The order settles charges that the company and CEO violated the...more

Massachusetts Senate Passes 3 Higher Education Bills

As an update to our recent post, the Massachusetts Senate took action on several important pieces of legislation that relate to higher education institutions and their students. Below is a brief summary of the activity that...more

Alert: Negotiations on New Defense to Repayment Rules Fail: It's All Up to ED Now

Following a highly charged, often contentious three days of debate, the third session of the Negotiated Rulemaking on Borrower Defense to Repayment (DTR) ended as it started, without consensus. The Department of Education...more

OFAC Further Amends the Cuban Assets Control Regulations Regarding Travel and Financial Transactions

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to further implement elements of the policy announced by the President on December 17, 2014 to engage...more

CFPB Releases Supervisory Highlights, Winter 2016 Issue

On March 8, the CFPB released its tenth edition of Supervisory Highlights, summarizing supervisory observations in the areas of consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination, remittances, student loan servicing,...more

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