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CFPB Takes Action Against Mortgage Lender Targeting Veterans, Imposes $2M Penalty

Why it matters - Alleged deceptive marketing by a mortgage lender to veterans was at the heart of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest enforcement action. NewDay Financial, LLC, “profited from the...more

Same-Sex Married Couples Now Have Equal Rights to FMLA Leave Regardless of Their Residence

March 3, 2015 Authors: Jean L. Schmidt The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Final Rule revising the regulatory definition of "spouse" under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to ensure that same-sex married...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting - Although not yet official, we anticipate that SBA will grant an extension until April 6th...more

Africa Update - February 2015 #4

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

Africa Update - February 2015 #3

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

China Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from Quote of the week: “We constantly remind Chinese leaders that recognizing and guaranteeing the Chinese people their...more

Africa Update - February 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 from Leading the...more

Africa Update - February 2015

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

The Fourth Circuit Strengthens the FCA’s Implied Certification Theory in Triple Canopy

Under the “implied certification” theory of liability, a government contractor can violate the False Claims Act (“FCA”) by submitting a mere invoice for payment. The theory is that the invoice’s submission impliedly...more

Texas Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview (2/15)

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases. Note that the Court is doing a road show and hearing these arguments at the University of Texas at Tyler. ...more

DOE Revises Regulations on Nuclear Technology Exports

The revised rules (10 C.F.R. Part 810) that govern “Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities” will take effect on March 25. After almost three and a half years, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new Part 810...more

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes...more

The 4th Circuit Expands Liability Under the False Claims Act

On January 8, 2015 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in United States v. Triple Canopy, which broadened the reach of the False Claims Act (FCA) by embracing the theory of implied...more

A “Bad Day” for NewDay - CFPB finds RESPA and UDAAP Violations in Marketing Arrangements

The CFPB has issued another Consent Order finding certain marketing and advertising services arrangements to violate RESPA’s prohibition on kickbacks. The CFPB required the lender, NewDay Financial, LLC (“NewDay”), to pay a...more

DOJ Reaches Agreement With Leading Mortgage Servicers Over Servicemember Foreclosures

On February 9, the DOJ announced a $123 million settlement with five national mortgage servicers for allegedly violating sections of the SCRA. Specifically, the DOJ alleges that the mortgage servicers subjected over 900...more

Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions, Including Against Rosneft

On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced a new round of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities, including leading Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO....more

CFPB Issues $2 Million Fine Against Mortgage Lender

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that mortgage lender NewDay Financial LLC, which specializes in Veterans Administration-backed loans available to military personnel and veterans, had...more

CFPB Orders Nonbank Mortgage Lender to Pay $2 Million Penalty for Deceptive Advertising and Kickbacks

On February 10, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Maryland-based nonbank mortgage lender, ordering the lender to pay a $2 million civil money penalty for allegedly failing to disclose its financial relationship with a...more

EU sanctions against Russia: New targets and state of play

On 9 February 2015, the EU Foreign Affairs Council imposed new sanctions - asset freezes and travel bans - against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 9 entities that have been added to the 'black list' of sanctioned...more

President's FY 2016 Budget Proposal: A Detailed Look At The Defense Budget And The Threat Of Sequester

President Obama’s defense base budget request for FY 2016 is $534.3 billion, which is an increase of $38.2 billion over the FY 2015 enacted amount. The request also includes $50.9 billion for the Overseas Contingency...more

A New Balancing Act: The DOJ Provides New Direction Regarding the SCRA's Interest Rate Benefit

When Congress reenacted the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) in 2003, Congress designed the SCRA to balance the interests of active duty servicemembers and their creditors, as it had done under the SCRA’s predecessor...more

SBA Proposed Rule Outlines New Mentor-Protégé Program for All Small Businesses - Impacts to All SBA Contracting Programs,...

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a long-awaited notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) providing for a new mentor-protégé program that will be available to all small businesses. The proposed rule was released on...more

Checklists of Foreign Countries for U.S. Firms Engaged in International Transactions

Countries Subject to Various Restrictions by the U.S., EU, and UN - Following are checklists of countries that are subject to a variety of U.S. and EU-imposed restrictions affecting international trade. The countries...more

Changes To Veteran Self-Identification And Reporting

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), who is responsible for the VETS-4212 form, indicated that the reason for this change was that when veterans were counted by specific veteran category, it was difficult to...more

Africa Update - January 2015 #4

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

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