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Justice Department’s ECOA report describes joint CFPB activity

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued the Attorney General’s 2014 Annual Report to Congress Pursuant to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act Amendments of 1976. The report discusses the DOJ’s 2014 ECOA enforcement...more

SCRA Post-Service Protections Extended

The Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) was created to help relieve or suspend the financial burdens placed upon those serving in the U.S. military. One of the key protections afforded by the SCRA is a temporary stay of...more

VEVRAA hiring benchmark drops again

As announced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, the updated national percentage of veterans in the workforce is continuing to decline, now at 7 percent....more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

GSA Faces Push-Back on Proposed Rule Eliminating PRC

Reed Smith attended last Friday’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) public meeting on the proposed Transactional Data Reporting rule. GSA’s proposed rule would eliminate the Price Reduction Clause (PRC) in favor of...more

Confidentiality Agreements of Federal Contractor Employees – Changes To The Federal Acquisition Regulations Are Coming Soon

Confidentiality agreements for employees of federal contractors are increasingly coming under scrutiny by federal agencies. In late 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (the “Act”),...more

CFPB Update: CFPB Orders $3.1 Million in Refunds to Military Servicemembers in Fifth Case Involving Military Allotments

On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the latest in a series of five enforcement actions involving military allotments: a $3.1 million consent order against a payment processor, Military...more

DOJ Submits 2014 Equal Credit Opportunity Act Annual Report to Congress

On April 13, the DOJ released its 2014 Annual Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) Report highlighting its activities to address credit discrimination. The twenty-page report highlights discrimination lawsuits and settlements...more

CFPB announces settlement with processors of military allotments

The CFPB has announced a settlement with two companies that processed military allotments and were alleged to have charged fees to servicemembers that the companies failed to adequately disclose. The consent order requires...more

Third Circuit Holds Subcontractor To Its Proposal On Grounds of Promissory Estoppel

DCK TTEC, LLC v. Postel Industries, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 2775 (3d Cir. Feb. 25, 2015) - This action arose out of the construction of two maintenance hangars at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona (the...more

CFPB Orders Mortgage Lender to Pay $250,000 Penalty for Deceptive Advertising

On April 9, the CFPB announced a consent order with a California-based mortgage lender, requiring the lender to pay a $250,000 civil money penalty for advertising that allegedly led customers to believe the company was...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)...more

Africa Update - April 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

Coast Guard Proposes to Revise LNG Deepwater Port Regulations - Changes Would Affect Regulations Governing LNG Imports and Exports...

On April 9, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register seeking public comments on a proposed overhaul of its existing regulations implementing the Deepwater Port Act of...more

U.S. Army Loses Battle to Regulate Bathroom Selection of Transgender (Civilian) Employee

On April 1, 2015, the EEOC ordered the Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender employee when it prevented her from using the common women’s bathroom and routinely demeaned her by calling her “sir” and...more

Africa Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

The Next Six Weeks in Congress

The House and Senate return this week from the annual Spring Recess, with the Senate scheduled to be in session for the next six weeks and the House in session for three weeks, off for one week, and then returning for another...more

CFPB Keeps its Sights on Military Mortgage Ads

The CFPB has announced another enforcement action targeting alleged deceptive mortgage advertising to veterans. The Bureau claims that the defendant lender targeted veterans with ads that falsely implied an affiliation...more

March 6, 2015 Legislative Update

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. - That’s what we’ve always heard about the month of March in North Carolina. - 1. In like a lion. 2. Madness. 3. Out like a lamb....more

Preliminary Framework Agreed Upon to Reduce Iran’s Nuclear Program

On April 2, the United States, along with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU (the “P5+1”), agreed with Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). The JCPOA is a preliminary framework to reduce...more

CFPB targets another mortgage lender for deceptive advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

Overview of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) protects members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard whose financial obligations and ability to participate in civil proceedings are materially...more

CFPB Proposals for Small-Dollar Loans: An Attempt to Kill an Industry?

On March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced several proposals to regulate short-term and longer-term consumer loans. According to the Bureau, the proposals will likely have the effect of...more

Nuclear Agreement Lacks Details on Relaxing Sanctions Against Iran

Although the provisions that limit Iran's nuclear program are spelled out in some detail, those related to relaxing economic sanctions against Iran are quite vague....more

“One Shelf, One Standard” Continues to Evolve – USCG Issues Final Rule Regarding Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations

The United States Coast Guard (“USCG”), continuing its “One Shelf, One Standard” approach to regulating the Outer Continental Shelf (“OCS”) recently issued a Final Rule enacting new regulations governing electrical equipment...more

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