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New True Lender Case Provides Support for the Bank Partnership Model

The court explicitly acknowledged that making it difficult for banks to assign or sell their commercial property to the secondary market impedes good public policy. On September 20, the U.S. District Court for the...more

The CFPB's Latest: Student Loans and Fix-It Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken two actions that are worthy of note. First, the Student Loan Ombudsman released his mid-year report, in which he focused his attention on complaints about servicer activity...more

CFPB highlights impact of student debt on communities of color

In a new blog post, the CFPB states that recent research “underscores the disproportionate impact of student debt on communities of color.” According to the CFPB, federal government data shows that over 90 percent of...more

CFPB enters into consent order with for-profit college owner

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Bridgepoint Education, Inc., the owner of two for-profit colleges, to settle charges that the company’s representatives engaged in deceptive acts or practices...more

CFPB Midyear Update Signals 3 Steps Student Loan Servicers Should Consider Taking Now

As regulatory pressure on student loan servicing continues to increase, servicers are paying close attention to the steady stream of news and publications issuing from the CFPB and the Department of Education. The most recent...more

Absolutely no shock Universities being sued over their Plans

There has been an influx of participant lawsuits against private universities for the 401(k) and/or 403(b) plans they sponsor for their employees. That’s like shooting fish in a barrel....more

The Trend Reverses: College Tuition Payments Shielded from Avoidance in Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Rules in Favor of University...

It is the start of a new semester, and all across the country, parents are writing tuition checks to the colleges and universities that their children attend. Colleges accept the checks on behalf of the students, the tuitions...more

[Webinar] The Proposed Repayment Rate for Proprietary Schools (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 14th, 12:00pm...

Our final webinar will focus on the new repayment rate the Department proposes for proprietary institutions. We will examine in detail the methodology the Department suggests it would use, and the penalty associated with a...more

California's Legislature Puts Additional Disclosure Pressure on Fund Managers with the Passage of AB 2833

On August 24th, the California Legislature approved Assembly Bill No. 2833 (“AB 2833”), which is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. If Governor Brown signs the bill, as is expected, all public pension...more

IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond...more

Student loan complaint update highlights IDR plan application issues

The CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman has released a new “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that highlights issues related to income-driven repayment plan (IDR) application issues. The update covers complaints...more

[Webinar] Proposed Elimination of Arbitration Clauses (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 7th, 12:00pm CST

The third webinar in our series will examine the proposed elimination of arbitration clauses in agreements between students and institutions. We will discuss the particulars of the proposal, to include the potential impact...more

Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals...more

Multiple Universities Sued Over 403(b) Retirement Plan Investment Fees

In the last several days, a number of large private universities have been sued regarding the investment fees in their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits claim that these universities breached their fiduciary duties under...more

[Webinar] Proposed Changes to the Financial Responsibility Standards - August 31st, 12:00pm CST

Among the significant changes proposed by the Department are revisions to the financial responsibility standards. The proposed regulation would create a significant number of new “triggering events” that would automatically...more

Colleges and Universities Targeted in Class Action Lawsuits over Operation of Retirement Plans

Multiple class action lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages were filed last week against eight nonprofit universities challenging the administration of their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits, which were all...more

FCC Issues Two Key TCPA Orders

In the past two weeks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued two important orders that modified and clarified the agency’s rules for enforcement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Both orders are...more

ERISA Class Actions Filed Against Higher Education Institutions

Several ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class actions involving allegedly excessive retirement plan fees were filed this week against higher education institutions including colleges, universities, and medical schools. The...more

FY 2017 Sequestration Reduction Percentage for Direct Pay Tax Credit Bonds Set at 6.9 Percent

According to an update released by The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB), the sequester reduction percentage applied to the payments made to issuers of direct pay bonds in FY 2017 will be 6.9 percent. This percentage will...more

[Webinar] The Proposed Borrower Defense Framework (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - August 24th, 12:00pm CST

In this first webinar, we will deconstruct the proposed borrower defense framework, with particular attention to what would constitute a valid “claim,” and the individual and group processes proposed for resolving such...more

Fostering Financial Aid Literacy in Students: H.R. 3179

This is the sixth and final installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11,...more

Choice is Knowledge: H.R. 3178

This is the fifth installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016....more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 4: Getting Paid

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Dept. of Education announces federal student loan policy direction

The Department of Education has released a memorandum to provide policy direction for the new federal student loan “state-of-the-art loan servicing ecosystem” that the ED is currently procuring. According to the memorandum,...more

CFPB to Hold Second Research Conference

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016. (The first such conference was held in May 2015.)...more

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