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Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Department of Labor (DOL) filed a Notice of Administrative Action seeking to delay the Fiduciary Rule until July 2019; federal banking agencies issued guidance on the capital treatment of...more

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

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Regulators from the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota (“Participating States”) have entered into a settlement agreement with three affiliated debt collection companies to settle...more

FTC Uses Consumer Complaints to Combat Alleged Robocalls

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is using consumer complaints in its effort to quell alleged illegal robocalls. On September 1, 2009, the FTC issued rules prohibiting robocalls made without a consumer’s prior written...more

European Commission Consultation: Developing the Secondary Market for Non-Performing Loans

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The European Commission ("Commission") has released a consultation paper to evaluate the merits of introducing measures to support secondary markets for distressed debt and the development of a new, contractual-based loan...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

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On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

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On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

Across the Board-Episode 1, the Uber Board

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In this inaugural podcast of Across the Board, I consider the Holder Report to the Uber Board of Directors, which led to the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick. In June, the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP (Covington),...more

FTC Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Freezing Assets of Debt Collection Operation

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?On July 10, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida entered a temporary restraining? order (“TRO”) halting operations and freezing the assets of a debt collection operation, at the request of the...more

Cross Border Investigations Update - July 2017

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including the new Criminal Finances Act 2017, increased regulatory scrutiny of Chinese companies...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 27 | July 2017

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On June 7, 2017, Japan signed the "Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty-Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" ("MLI"). The MLI is a part of the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit-shifting...more

FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

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Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

Second Circuit Hands Government a Major Setback in LIBOR Fraud Case

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On July 19, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that could impact prosecutions of corporate employees that result from multi-jurisdictional investigations, such as those involving...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

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As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

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A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Advertising Law - July 2017

Court Rules That ADA Applies to Website - In what is believed to be the first court to hold a trial on the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a retailer’s website, a federal court judge in...more

Trump and Compliance: The First 100 Days [eBook]

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Since November 9, 2016 the Apocalypse has not descended (at least as of the writing of this foreword). Since that time many of the leading compliance commentators have considered what the first 100 days of the Trump...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Antitrust- FTC, North Dakota Attorney General Challenge Acquisition of Health Care Provider- The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem filed a joint complaint in federal district court...more

NDRC’s Probe of the Foreign Finance Sector May Signal Increased Antitrust Enforcement Risks Related to SSA Market and Beyond

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Recent press reports in China have indicated that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), one of China’s three antitrust regulators, is launching an inquiry into firms in the foreign finance sector to...more

FTC Brings Suit Against Debt Collector for “Phantom Debts”

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On June 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced?? that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against a North Carolina debt collection company and its...more

Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

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Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

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On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

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I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

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It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

FTC Provides 2016 Enforcement Report to CFPB

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The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2016 relating to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), Regulation...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

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