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Stolen Tax Returns? Virginia Seeks a Solution.

Did someone steal your tax return? You are not alone. Indeed, the rise in tax-related identity theft has been well documented. In 2015, the FTC reported a 50% increase in identity theft complaints. A primary cause for...more

New York Attorney General Unveils Latest Ticket Bot Enforcement Actions against Ticket Vendors and Software Developer

With summer concerts and music festivals in full swing, many fans will be surprised to find $145 face value tickets reselling online for $3,000 to $11,000....more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

Compliance Lessons for Executive Leadership from The Wells Fargo Investigation Report

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Compliance lessons from truly one of the most damning reports of complete corporate failures around ethics and culture that has recently been seen....more

United States Department Of Justice Seeks To Dismantle Massive Kelihos Botnet, Files Complaint In Federal District Court

by King & Spalding on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently announced that it would be undertaking an “extensive effort to disrupt and dismantle the Kelihos botnet – a global network of tens of thousands of infected computers...more

Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

by Snell & Wilmer on

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

by Snell & Wilmer on

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

To Obtain Data Abroad, Government Just Googles It

by Bracewell LLP on

As technology companies expand globally they increasingly are storing customer electronic data in servers outside the United States. To keep apace, the Justice Department has become more creative in adapting existing legal...more

UK Regulation Round Up - January 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Welcome to the UK Regulation Round Up, a regular bulletin highlighting the latest developments in UK regulation for alternative asset managers. The start of 2017 saw a number of regulatory developments including...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

IRS Warns Tax Professionals to Be Alert About New Email Scam As 2016 Filing Season Begins

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has warned tax professionals, as the 2016 filing season begins, to be alert to a new email scam by cybercriminals posing as clients soliciting their services. The scam is a variation of a...more

FDA Checks Reveal Stores Illegally Sell Tobacco to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s crackdown on Big Tobacco continues. The agency sent warning letters to 55 point-of-purchase locations that sell cigarettes and related products in an effort to underscore newly passed...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

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Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Massachusetts Division of Banks Announces Return of $2.3 Million to Consumers Under Settlement with Payday Lender

by Goodwin on

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (“DOB) announced that it has returned approximately $2.3 Million to 1,673 Massachusetts residents, as part of a settlement with an online payday lender. The payday...more

United States Attorney’s Office Announces Guilty Pleas in Criminal Prosecution of Alleged $31 Million Debt Collection Scheme

by Goodwin on

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”) announced that the co-owner and chief financial officer of a debt collection company, and a company manager, pleaded guilty to...more

Privacy Perils: Identify Theft and Social Networking

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Identity theft through social networking is on the rise. Hacked accounts may be used to impersonate you and potentially cause reputational harm, or may even link the hacker to your financial account information and...more

Court Rules Debt Collector Must Pay $3.9 Million and Go to Prison

by Goodwin on

On November 10, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the owner of a debt collection company was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $3.9 million in...more

Four California Residents Jailed and to Pay $7 Million in Restitution for Debt Relief Scheme

by Goodwin on

On November 14, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced that four California individual defendants were sentenced for their participation in an allegedly fraudulent debt relief...more

Disclosing personal data – new protections for regulated sector firms?

by White & Case LLP on

New protections are being proposed in the UK to allow regulated sector firms to share information regarding suspicions relating to money laundering and terrorist financing, in circumstances where law enforcement has been...more

NY AG Secures $1.6 Million Settlement For Alleged Mortgage Relief Scheme

by Goodwin on

On November 2, the New York Attorney General (AG) announced a $1.6 million settlement with a debt settlement company and its principal, resolving allegations that the company violated New York’s deceptive and unlawful...more

Minnesota AG Secures $11.7 Million in Consumer Relief from Online Lender

by Goodwin on

On November 3, the Minnesota Attorney General (AG) announced that it had settled a 2013 lawsuit it had filed against a California-based online personal loan lender. The AG alleged that the lender used a front company that...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - November 2016

by DLA Piper on

Four cities will hold referendums this month on taxes on sugary beverages. Looking forward to Election Day, an October 17 survey by PBS NewsHour noted that voters in three California cities and one Colorado city will vote on...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on the Reporting of Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crimes

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, an arm of the United States Department of the Treasury, issued an advisory last week to remind financial institutions of their obligations to report cyber-events on...more

Breaches of Mobile-Banking Apps — What can you do?

American banks maintain many levels of protection against fraud. Institutions accurately and quickly can detect suspicious account activity, credit-card charges and funds transfers. But it seems the sophisticated software...more

HUD OIG Announces Termination of FHA Fraud Investigation

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On September 29, the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD OIG) announced the termination of an investigation of a national mortgage lender relating to a purported...more

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