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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

Students, Loan Servicers And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Over the past two years, mortgage loan servicers have faced an onslaught of regulatory scrutiny, enforcement actions and targeted litigation. The Department of Justice, state attorneys general and the federal banking...more

CFPB Issues Report on Private Student Loan Payment Processing

The CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issued a report on more than 3,800 complaints that the CFPB received from private student loan borrowers between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013. The most common type of complaint...more

Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Committee Advances Amended Municipal Financial Reform Legislation

On October 22, 2013 the Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Committee voted unanimously to move an amended version of Senate Bill 901, the vehicle for municipal financial reform, out of committee for consideration by the...more

CFPB student loan ombudsman issues second annual report

Yesterday, Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, released his Second Annual Report which analyzes approximately 3,800 complaints received by the CFPB from private student loan borrowers between October 1, 2012 and...more

How Educational Institutions Can Capitalise on Real Estate Assets

With investment pouring into the education sector, academic institutions have never been in a stronger position to capitalise on costly real estate assets to fuel future expansion. Research suggests the public and private...more

CFPB launches student loan initiative to help teachers and other public servants

The CFPB announced yesterday that it has launched a new initiative to help teachers and other public servants handle their student loan debts....more

In a First, SEC Charges Indiana School District and Municipal Bond Underwriter with Fraud

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 29, 2013 charged a school district in Indiana and its municipal bond underwriter with falsely stating to bond investors that the school district had been properly providing...more

Savings, Solar, And Shade - Taking Advantage of Arizona’s Public School District Energy Contract Statutes

Arizona has abundant sun and heat. What it does not have in abundance is funding for school districts to construct any facilities or to pay ever increasing utility bills. Many districts are struggling to find the...more

Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act Passes; Industry Trade Groups Request TILA Compliance Grace Period

The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act passed Congress last week and is awaiting the President’s signature. ...more

CFPB issues new report on private student loan complaints

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” that discusses issues raised in the 2,002 complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013....more

New federal student loan rates create TILA compliance challenges

Last week, in a move intended to lower interest rates on federal student loans, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which had previously been passed by the Senate....more

DOJ confirms investigation of private student loan SCRA violations

As we reported, in the CFPB’s “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” on complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013, one of the top servicing issues reported by consumers was the...more

CFPB Publishes Update On Student Loan Complaints

This afternoon, the CFPB published a “mid-year snapshot” of private student loan (PSL) complaints it received from October 2012 through March 2013....more

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