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BIS Ramps Up Restrictions on Trade With Venezuela

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) recently published a final rule adding to existing U.S. government restrictions on trade with Venezuela. The November 7th rule amends Section 744.21 of...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2014

DoD Issues Proposed Rule to Amend DFARS Inflation Adjustment of Acquisition- Related Thresholds (DFARS Case 2014-D025) - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued a proposed rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition...more

Ninth Circuit Addresses TCPA Text Message Claims

In Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Co., No. 13-55486, 2014 WL 4654478 (9th Cir. Sept. 19, 2014), a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed several recurring issues in TCPA litigation, including: the efficacy of Rule 68...more

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions and Export Controls Against Russia’s Defense Industry

The United States recently expanded sanctions and export controls against the Russian defense sector. These designations and export control steps have implications for defense contractors, parts suppliers and brokers....more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

Deputy Comptroller Describes OCC’s SCRA, Consumer Compliance Focus

On August 18, in a speech to the Association of Military Banks of America, Deputy Comptroller for Compliance Policy Grovetta Gardineer described the OCC’s increasing supervisory and enforcement focus on SCRA compliance....more

Verkhovna Rada approved anticrisis tax measures

On 31 July 2014 Verkhovna Rada approved Law #4309a "On amendments to Tax Code of Ukraine and other legislative acts (on improvement of certain provisions)" (Law). The law was signed by the President on 1 August 2014...more

Capital Thinking: International

Ukraine Crisis - Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - July 2014

New ACO Rules Sent to OMB for Review – On June 26, 2014, a proposed Accountable Care Organization (ACO) rule that would make changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program in advance of the second round of ACO contracts...more

Africa Update - July 2014

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

The law regarding legal relations within Crimean peninsula has come into effect

On 27 April, the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Citizens' Rights and Freedoms on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine" came into effect. The Law establishes the specifics of regulation of legal relations within the...more

Highway To The Danger Zone: Automotive Lending And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

This past March, Carl Nuss — a 75-year-old used car dealer from Birmingham, Alabama — received a letter from one of his customers, requesting that Mr. Nuss reduce the customer’s interest rate to six percent since the customer...more

Auto Lease Cash Capitalized Cost Reduction Payment Refundable under SCRA, Maryland Federal Court Rules

In connection with a motion to dismiss, a Maryland federal district court has ruled that the cash “capitalized cost reduction” (CCR) payment allegedly made by a military servicemember upon signing his auto lease was...more

CFPB Action Against Payday Lender to be Followed by New Military Lending Act Regulations

On November 20, 3013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its first enforcement action against a payday lender. Cash America International was fined $5 million and was ordered to refund $14 million to its...more

Proposal to expand Military Loan Act coverage appears likely

Based on testimony to a Senate Committee last week by Holly Petraeus, CFPB Assistant Director with the Office of Servicemember Affairs, it looks very likely that an expansion of Military Loan Act coverage will be among...more

CFPB Announces First Enforcement Action Against Payday Lender

On November 20, the CFPB announced the resolution of an enforcement action against one of the largest payday lenders in the country. The consent order alleges that the lender and an online lending subsidiary made hundreds of...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

California Legislative Update 2013

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed bills enacting several new employment statutes, marking the end of the California Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Increase of Minimum Wage to $10 per Hour by 2016 (AB 10)...more

CFPB Issues Examination Procedures for Military Payday Lending

The CFPB issued updates to its examination procedures for payday lending. The updated examination procedures include guidance for examiners of payday lenders that make loans to servicemembers, including reviewing for...more

CFPB Releases Revised Payday Loan Exam Manual Incorporating MLA Requirements

On September 17, the CFPB released revised short-term, small-dollar lending Examination Procedures that incorporate the regulations issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) to implemente the Military Lending Act (MLA),...more

Much to do about nothing? CFPB guidelines, servicemembers and payday lending

Amid fanfare about its commitment to the protection of the military, the CFPB has released new guidelines to assist its examiners regarding payday and title loans to military servicemembers and their dependents. “Protecting...more

California Expands Certain Servicemember Protections

On September 6, California enacted AB 526, which, among other things, expands certain financial protections for military reservists. Current state law allows U.S. Military Reserve and National Guard members who are called to...more

The SCRA and Student Loans—Senate Hearings Highlight Agency Collaboration on Investigative and Enforcement Activities

Congress enacted the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA or “Act”), a law whose origins date back to the Civil War, to strengthen the national defense through certain protections provided to servicemembers. By protecting...more

Fixing a Broken Brokering Definition: DDTC Eases ITAR’s Regulatory Burden for Brokers and Brokering Activities

On August 26, 2013, in yet another move geared toward streamlining the U.S. export control regulatory landscape, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published its long-awaited interim...more

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