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Mortgage Lending: Important Lessons about Advertising, Affiliates, and Authorizations

On August 12, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) entered into a consent order with an online mortgage company, its affiliated appraisal company, and its chief executive officer; they agreed to pay $20.8...more

CFPB Fines Online Mortgage Company And Its Owner For Alleged Deceptive Rate Advertising

On August 12, the CFPB announced a consent order with a nonbank mortgage lender, its affiliated appraisal management company (AMC), and the individual owner of both companies to resolve allegations that the lender deceptively...more

CFPB Targets Mortgage Online Advertising: Lead Generation Lessons

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has entered into a consent order under which, Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, an affiliate, and the owner of both companies, agreed to pay a total of $20.8 million to settle...more

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and...more

Dodd-Frank News: July 2014 Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..RESPA ..FDCPA ..TCPA ..FCCPA & FDCPA ..TILA - In The News ..CFPB to Begin Collecting Complaints Regarding Prepaid Cards ..CFPB Proposes Letting...more

“Operation Mis-Modification” Targets Foreclosure Relief Companies

The CFPB continues to ramp up its enforcement actions and its collaboration with state AG offices as part of the new “Operation Mis-Modification.” The CFPB, the FTC and fifteen states announced a series of lawsuits...more

SEC Decision Regarding TIC Advertisements Offers Broader Lessons About Providing Fair and Balanced Disclosures

Earlier this year, the SEC found that CapWest Securities, Inc., a defunct broker-dealer, had failed to comply with advertising rules in promoting investments that use Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (“1031...more

Lessons from the FTC's Latest Lead Generation Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement of a lead generation enforcement action. The settlement reflects that the FTC remains focused on lead generation and, more specifically, mortgage advertising,...more

Arkansas Amends Rules Regarding Fair Mortgage Lending Act

The Arkansas Securities Department (Department) recently amended provisions to the Rules of the Fair Mortgage Lending Act (Rules) that became effective on February 9, 2014. The new Rules concern the licensing of loan officers...more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 09, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 06, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Fall 2013

In This Issue: Beltway Report; Bureau Report; Privacy Report; Mobile Payments Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Preemption Report; Arbitration Report; and TCPA Report. Excerpt from Beltway Report:...more

FTC Settles First Mortgage Advertising Rule Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement of its first enforcement action under its Mortgage Acts and Practices - Advertising Final Rule (MAPR)....more

'Do Not Call' Violations Lead to $7.5 Million Civil Penalty

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Mortgage Investors Corporation of Ohio, Inc. (“Mortgage Investors”) will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 24, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - PAYMENTS - Excerpt from Consumer...more

Two Very Good Reasons To Visit The Department’s Website

When I joined the Department of Corporations, it had no website. I remember reviewing possible designs for a site. Now, it seems hard to imagine that there was a time when state agencies didn’t have websites. Today, the...more

CFPB Targets Service Provider in Real Estate Kickback Enforcement Action

The CFPB continues to use its enforcement power on service providers, including companies involved in advertising and marketing and lead generation The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") announced it...more

FINRA Identifies Concerns with Marketing of Real Estate Investment Products

FINRA recently signaled a continuing focus on the marketing of real estate-related products by issuing a Regulatory Notice expressing concerns about communications involving unlisted, or non-traded, real estate investment...more

Levick Weekly - February 15, 2013: S&P’S Ordeal IS There Life After Eric Holder?

In This Issue: - S&P’S Ordeal Is There Life After Eric Holder? - The PR problem the Pentagon & VA Share - Change.Org A powerful adversary for brands - Blogs worth following - Levick in the news - Excerpt...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 1, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds that Net Revenue, Not Profits, Should Determine Damages in FTC Deceptive Marketing Case

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a judgment against three individual defendants finding that the district court correctly used net revenue to calculate damages. Defendant-appellants were...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 25, 2013

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Amend Preferred Market Maker’s Continuous Quoting Obligations - FATCA Regulations Are Finalized - CFTC to Host Roundtable on “Futurization” of Swaps - CFTC Amends Order of...more

Morgan Stanley Revelations Raise The Specter Of 2008… Again

This week, The New York Times’ Dealbook dragged the specter of 2008 back into the spotlight. A piece authored by ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger shared “explosive” revelations about what some Morgan Stanley traders knew...more

Levick Weekly - January 18, 2013: I Was Wrong - How One Activist’s Apology Changes the GMO Debate

In This Issue: - 'I Was Wrong’ How One Activist’s Apology Changes The GMO Debate - What’s Next From The CFPB - Former Congressman Steve Bartlett Joins Levick - Activist Investors IN 2013: “Success Begets...more

Former Congressman Steve Bartlett Joins the LEVICK Team [Video]

In this LEVICK Daily interview, LEVICK’s new Strategic Policy Advisor, Steve Bartlett, discusses how companies can best navigate the complex relationships between the public and private sectors. As a former Congressman, Mayor...more

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