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A Closer Look at DOD’s New Guidance on the Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued an interpretive rule (the “Interpretive Rule”) providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (“MLA”). That same day, we...more

Ballard Spahr partner Dee Spagnuolo joins CFPB OMWI Director on panel at ABA meeting

Members of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services group recently participated in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. On September 8, Ballard partner, Dee...more

DoD issues MLA interpretive rule

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued an interpretive rule to assist the industry in complying with its July 2015 final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s implementing regulation. The much-anticipated guidance was...more

Trade groups seek extension of compliance date for Military Lending Act final rule

The American Bankers Association, joined by six other prominent industry trade groups, is seeking a six-month extension of the date by which depository institutions must comply with the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule...more

Holly Petraeus to retire from CFPB

According to Politico, Holly Petraeus, Assistant Director of the CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, will be retiring from the CFPB. During her tenure at the CFPB, the protection of military servicemembers and their...more

Department of Defense Issues New Guidance on Military Lending Act Regulations

On August 26, 2016, the Department of Defense (DOD) issued an interpretive rule providing guidance on the DOD’s regulations implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). Specifically, the interpretive rule aims to clarify...more

Defense Database for Military Status of Borrower Still a Work in Progress

Lenders and servicers seeking to comply with the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA) who depend on the commonly used Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database have a little more comfort now on the accuracy of their...more

Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...more

CFPB seeking comment on new repayment plan disclosures for federal student loan borrowers

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on a set of prototype disclosures to assist federal student loan borrowers in selecting between alternative repayment plans.  Comments are due on or before...more

CFPB: The Quarterly Review - April 2016

If the first quarter is any indication, 2016 is going to be a busy year for the CFPB and market participants alike. The CFPB Speaks - Regulation by enforcement - On March 9, during his prepared remarks to...more

SCRA Will Continue to Receive Regulatory Scrutiny

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015. This bill was signed into law by President Obama on March 31, 2016. This follows the...more

Trade groups seek clarifications to Military Lending Act regulations

A number of prominent industry trade groups have written to the Department of Defense (DoD) seeking clarifications to the Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule adopted in July 2015 that dramatically expanded the scope of the...more

Overview of Financial Protections for Military Service Members, Including the New Military Lending Act

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) has put into effect the newly amended Military Lending Act (“MLA”) rule, which applies the protections of the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer credit card issuers and...more

CFPB issues fourth annual report on servicemember complaints

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs released its fourth annual report highlighting complaints submitted in 2015 by servicemembers, veterans, and their families. The report states that in 2015, the CFPB received...more

Deadline Extended for Requesting Direct Access to Military Loan Act Database

The Department of Defense has extended the deadline for requesting direct access to its Military Loan Act (MLA) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) database until February 15, 2016. Under amendments to the MLA's implementing...more

Congress Enacts Major Cybersecurity Legislation

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, which provides authorization and liability protection for cybersecurity monitoring and information-sharing and authorization for...more

Back-Door Access to Encrypted Communications: Weakening Security to Improve Security?

Last month’s terror attacks in Paris have re-ignited the long-standing debate between national security and privacy advocates over whether technology companies should be required to provide the government special access to...more

Cyberattack Prevention, Assessment, And Response Is A Key Focus In Intelligence Authorization Bill Passed By The House

On December 1, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised Intelligence Authorization Act. The White House had threatened to veto a previous version of the bill, but proponents of the passed version say that...more

CFPB issues snapshot of servicemember complaints

The CFPB has issued a new “snapshot of servicemember complaints.”  The report states that as of November 2015, the CFPB had received about 2,500 complaints from servicemembers, veterans and their dependents about high-cost...more

FTC and VA enter into agreement for investigating educational institutions

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) “to provide mutual assistance in the oversight and enforcement of laws pertaining to advertising, sales, and...more

Hacker arrests and prosecutions update

We previously reported that alleged Ukranian hacker Sergey Vovnenko, also known as “Flycracker,” “Fly” and “Darklife” was extradited from Italy, arrested and charged in New Jersey federal court for his part in disbursing the...more

New DoD Cybersecurity Rule and How Contractors Can Reduce Their Risks

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim cybersecurity rule in August 2015 that, among other things, revises the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity clause and increases...more

Jumping To Judgment on For-Profit Education

If you didn’t know any better, you might have gotten pretty fiery over for-profit education after reading one of the front page stories of Tuesday’s New York Times. The lengthy article titled “For-Profit Colleges Fail...more

Feds continue to prosecute hackers

Sergey Vovnenko, a Ukrainian hacker, was charged in New Jersey federal court this week for wire fraud conspiracy, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hacking into networks of financial...more

CFPB Releases Outline of Proposals to Block Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Class Litigation

On October 7, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) released an outline of proposals under consideration to ban class action waivers in contracts for consumer financial products and services....more

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