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High Court allows application for permission to bring judicial review proceedings relating to the jurisdiction of the Financial...

In this case report, Sarah Hitchins, an associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s Banking, Finance and Regulatory Litigation Group, considers the High Court’s decision to allow an application for permission to bring judicial review...more

I Can’t Get No SATISFACTION-- In the Eleventh Circuit, Is Discretionary Language Still "Satisfactory to Us"?

Ever since the United States Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a wholesale adoption of the "arbitrary and capricious" standard of review would be appropriate for judicial review of denial of benefit...more

Employee Benefit Plan is Governmental Plan, Even Though Employees are Not, says District Court in 11th Circuit.

It is a deceptively simple statement: Governmental employee benefit plans are exempt from ERISA. 29 U.S.C. § 1003(b)(1). But what about an employee benefit plan of an entity affiliated with a governmental entity, but whose...more

Securing Public Deposits Under Pennsylvania's Act 72

A governmental entity in Pennsylvania may deposit its moneys in a financial institution only if the financial institution pledges collateral for the deposit to the extent the deposit exceeds the FDIC insurance limits. This...more

Legal Alert: NCOIL Unclaimed Property Task Force Springs Into Action; Co-Chair Keiser Seeks Proposed Changes to Model Unclaimed...

On Friday, March 7, 2014, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ (NCOIL) Unclaimed Property Task Force (Task Force) met in-person at NCOIL’s spring meeting. Led by the Task Force’s Co-Chair George Keiser (ND), the...more

CFPB Initiates Administrative Proceeding Against Mortgage Lender

Subsequent to its denial of a mortgage lender’s petition to set aside a civil investigative demand in 2012, the CFPB publicly announced that it had served Notice of Charges, initiating an administrative proceeding against the...more

Washington's Unprecedented Bid to Supplant State Insurance Regulators

In mid-October, Prudential Financial Inc. dropped its fight against being designated as a systemically important financial institution (SIFI) by the Treasury Department's Financial Stability Oversight Council. When the...more

Legal Alert: Florida Announces DMF Search Requirement and Date-of-Death Dormancy Trigger

In an administrative declaratory ruling, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that Florida’s unclaimed property statute requires life insurers to search the Social Security Administration Death Master...more

Ongoing Tension Between Filed-Rate And State Doctrines

In a Sept. 13, 2012 Competition Law 360 article, we discussed the Third Circuit’s opinion in McCray v. Fid. Nat’l Title Ins. Co., in which the Third Circuit applied the filed-rate doctrine to title insurers’ rate filings with...more

Insurance Trades Challenge HUD Disparate Impact Rule

On June 26, two insurance associations filed a lawsuit challenging a rule promulgated earlier this year by HUD that authorizes so-called “disparate impact” or “effects test” claims under the Fair Housing Act....more

BMA Announces Principles Underpinning Use of New Powers

The Bermuda Monetary Authority (the BMA) has published a new statement of practice (SoP). It sets out factors to which it will have regard and procedures to be followed in deciding whether and in what manner to exercise...more

Deferral of the Swaps Push-Out Requirement, But Only for Insured Federal Depository Institutions

An insured federal depository institution may request a transition period to comply with the “push-out” requirements of section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”)...more

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: Physician Cuts Averted, Hospitals to Carry Portion of Price Tag

Avoiding sending American taxpayers over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Congress enacted the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”) [PDF] that was signed into law on January 2, 2013. Of biggest note, the Act included...more

Healthcare Provisions In The American Taxpayer Relief Act - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

In late night action on December 31, 2012, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was passed by the Senate and finalized days later by Congress and the President with a set of tax and spending policy provisions...more

The End of Unlimited FDIC Insurance: How Banks Can Retain—and Depositors Can Protect—Their Uninsured Deposits

In an attempt to limit the flight of deposits from insured depository institutions resulting from the 2008 fiscal crisis, Section 343 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provided temporary,...more

California Federal District Court Holds Force-Placed Insurance Claims Not Preempted By National Bank Act

On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California refused to preempt under the National Bank Act claims that a mortgage lender breached its contract by force-placing a backdated flood insurance...more

HUD Issues Mortgagee Letters Regarding Flood Zone And Small Supervised Lender Reporting Requirements

Last month, HUD issued Mortgagee Letter 2012-28, which restates and updates guidance regarding flood zone requirements for FHA-insured mortgages. The letter states that, effective February 9, 2012, (i) FHA will require all...more

Obamacare – Will the New Taxes Impact Me?

Political debate for the past two years has focused on the future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more recently called “Obamacare,” and the taxes enacted by Congress to help pay for it. With the national...more

Dodd-Frank Implementation: Navigating the Road Ahead

Table of Contents: Introduction; Financial Stability Reform; Resolution Planning; Agencies and Agency Oversight Reform; Securitization Reform; Derivatives Regulation; Investor Protection Reform; Credit Rating Agency...more

The European Commission Adopts AIFMD Implementing Regulation

On 19 December 2012, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted implementing rules (the Regulation) for the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (the AIFMD or Directive). The Regulation supplements certain...more

FDIC Announces Systemic Risk Advisory Committee Meeting to Be Held December 10

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on December 4 announced that it will hold a meeting of its Systemic Risk Advisory Committee on December 10. The meeting “will feature a discussion with Paul Tucker, Deputy...more

GPL Insurance for Private Equity Firms – What Questions To Ask

Many private equity firms are concerned about their liabilities, including exposure to lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty, claims for wrongful acts or omissions, and regulatory or securities investigations. One of the best...more

IRS Releases Draft Revised Form 5300 and Instructions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released a draft revised Form 5300 and its instructions. Form 5300, the Application for Determination for Employee Benefit Plan, is generally used to request an IRS determination...more

New Year, New Laws: Insurers Face New California Requirements in 2013

Insurers should be aware of several pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in September after the close of the 2011-12 legislative session. The new laws will impact a number of types of insurance...more

OCC Notifies Banks of Civil Money Penalty Inflation Adjustments and New Flood Insurance Penalties

On November 20, the OCC issued Bulletin 2012-38 to advise national banks and federal savings associations about a recent OCC rule that adjusted the maximum civil money penalties (CMPs) for inflation and implemented higher...more

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