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Agencies Unveil Student Loan Servicing Regulatory Framework

On September 29, the CFPB issued a report examining public comments and providing policy recommendations to address issues in the student loan servicing market. The report follows a May 2015 Request for Information notice...more

CFPB, DOE, Treasury Issue Joint Statement on Student Loan Servicing

A new Joint Statement issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Department of Education, and Department of the Treasury presents a framework to standardize student loan servicing practices across the various federal...more

CFPB Lays Down the Gauntlet on Student Loan Servicing

The CFPB and the U.S. Departments of Education and the Treasury have released a Joint Statement of Principles on Student Loan Servicing, accompanied by a CFPB report. In the CFPB’s press release announcing the publications,...more

News from Second and State

The biggest news out of the state legislature this week is final passage of a stopgap budget. Last week, the Senate passed S.B. 1000 (Browne, R-Lehigh), and on Thursday, it finally passed the House of Representatives. The...more

U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce Announce Additional Revisions to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Last week, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building off the changes put...more

USPTO Pilot Program: Trademark Registrations May Now Be Broadened To Account For Evolving Technology

Trademark Office rules generally prohibit the broadening of goods and services identified in existing trademark registrations. But on September 1, the USPTO announced a new pilot program that will create a limited exception...more

Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts

Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued...more

PAC Opinion Finds Municipal Bank Account Numbers Subject to FOIA

Earlier this year, the Public Access Counselor (PAC) issued an under-the-radar advisory opinion that could have an impact on responses to Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. According to the non-binding...more

No Summer Vacation for Student Lending Companies as Enforcement Activity Continues

Student lending continues to remain in the crosshairs of federal and state consumer finance regulators during the summer months, with over five enforcement actions and investigations in recent weeks. As covered in both...more

School Buses Exempted from Property Tax

While children sing the “Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” as they head to school, it is highly doubtful that they ponder who has to pay the taxes for those wheels. Yet, this very question arose recently in the New...more

CFPB seeks information on income-driven student loan repayment plans

In a new blog post, the CFPB tells borrowers, that in response to its solicitation of borrower “stories” about problems with student loans, it has heard “about problems related to enrolling in income-driven repayment plans...more

Arizona Leads Nation in Defaulting on Student Loans

Congratulations Arizona, you are the best. You’re the best at being the worst!! I have admit that I borrowed that phrase from an ex-drill sergeant who was reprehending me for something I had done that was incorrect and it has...more

The ABLE account: A good alternative to a special needs trust?

Late last year, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The act authorizes a new, tax-advantaged savings account, modeled after the Section 529 college savings account,...more

CFPB Settles with Bank and its Two Affiliates for $18.5 Million over Alleged Faulty Student Loan Servicing Practices

On July 22, the CFPB announced that a major bank and its two affiliates agreed to pay $18.5 million to resolve allegations that the entities engaged in inadequate private student loan servicing practices. According to the...more

CFPB settles action against provider of student financial aid assistance

The CFPB has announced a proposed settlement with Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. (SFAS) to resolve charges that the company engaged in unlawful sales and billing practices in connection with offering fee-based financial...more

Department of Education requests emergency review of Guaranty Agencies’ security over student financial aid information

On July 16, 2015, the Department of Education issued a request through notice to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for emergency clearance so that Federal Student Aid (FSA) can initiate a formal security assessment...more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry to New Zealand (Updated)

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

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

5 Ways to Pay for College

Here in Arizona it seems that school starts earlier each year. With the new school year right around the corner it is a good time for soon- to – be seniors and current college students to put some time into planning out how...more

Reversing the Trend: Will Congress Act to Except College Tuition Payments from Clawback in Bankruptcy? - Congress Weighs...

A trend emerging in consumer bankruptcy cases around the U.S. is causing concern for many parents, students and undergraduate schools. As was reported by The Wall Street Journal in an article published on May 5, 2015, an...more

Look Before You Leap – What Every High School Senior (and their parents) Needs to Know About Student Loans

Anytime a conversation turns to student loans many people begin to offer their opinions. These opinions vary from, on one hand, the internet trolls and their comments on any article dealing with student loans, telling people...more

Bankruptcy Beat: An Emerging Trend: Bankruptcy Trustees Seeking to Claw Back Tuition Payments Made by Unsuspecting Parents

A developing trend in our nation’s bankruptcy courts has been the number of lawsuits filed or threatened by bankruptcy trustees to recover tuition payments made by a student’s parents when the parents later file for...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

Connecticut Enacts New Licensing Requirement and Prohibitions for Student Loan Servicers

Connecticut’s new “An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights” creates a licensing requirement for servicers of student loans made to state residents and imposes other significant new requirements and prohibitions on...more

CFPB Report Details Ongoing Challenges Between Servicemembers and Student Loan Servicers

On July 7, the CFPB released a report detailing the continued challenges military servicemembers experience related to the servicing of their student loans, particularly when trying to invoke certain rights granted under the...more

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