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AOL, Dropbox and the Big “uh-oh”

A New York couple brought suit against their former law firm because it used an America Online account to transact firm business. If you are my age you probably remember that AOL and “You’ve got mail!” were the future—back...more

Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

Brooklyn Heights homes will close their doors to tours: another victim of the modern world

For over 31 years, the Brooklyn Heights Association (the Association) has offered tours of private residence brownstones, allowing the curious passerby the opportunity to see what’s beyond those stoops. However, after over...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.21.16

Remember that oil spill on the markets from yesterday? We’re heading into Exxon Valdez territory here, even with a late-day rally on Wall Street that helped somewhat stem monumental losses – NYTimes... The Upshot’s...more

CFPB engaged in process to allow public input on privacy questions under new HMDA rule

On January 11, Elena Babinecz, a CFPB attorney, spoke as part of a panel relating to the revised HMDA rule at the Winter Meeting of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar...more

Mortgage company pays $7.4 million to settle TCPA violations

Mortgage Investors Corp. (MIC) settled a class action this week for $7.4 million for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in an Oregon federal court. Plaintiffs stated in their complaint that...more

Another Cyber-Risk: Hacks That Cause Property Damage and Interrupt Business Processes

In recent years, there has been no shortage of news about large-scale data privacy breaches; incidents that have affected tens of millions of consumers nationwide. Those incidents have spurred a growing market for so-called...more

Friendly Skies in California After Governor Brown Vetoes Drone Restrictions, Federal Response Uncertain

Iconic California tech companies are helping to pioneer the drone revolution. For over a year, Google’s advanced-research arm, Google X, has been testing its Project Wing aircraft in cooperation with NASA, moving ever-closer...more

New Landmark Consumer Disclosure Rules Trigger Privacy Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule is designed to prevent surprises at the closing table, but with increased transparency come concerns over borrower and seller...more

Florida Law Creates Right of Action against Drone Operators for Surveillance of Private Property

A bill passed by the Florida legislature and signed into law earlier this year expands Florida’s Freedom from Unwanted Surveillance Act (F.S. 934.50) to prohibit the use of a drone to record images of private property, or the...more

Information Security: MBA Whitepaper

Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association released “The Basic Components of an Information Security Program,” for small and medium size companies in the mortgage industry that may not have the resources to stay well-informed...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs In On Prior Express Consent

Under what circumstances does a person give his “prior express consent” to be contacted on his cellphone by a creditor? The Sixth Circuit recently examined that very question in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., where it...more

California Senate Sends Bill To Governor Restricting Use Of Drones On Private Property

The California Senate has sent a bill to Governor Brown that, if signed, would create trespass liability for those flying unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), more commonly known as drones, lower than 350 feet above private...more

6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

You Won Your Case — Now What? SCC to Consider Intersection of Judgment Enforcement and Privacy Rights

A plaintiff wins judgment, but the defendant (judgment debtor) refuses to pay or provide information necessary for the plaintiff (judgment creditor) to realize against the debtor’s assets. When and how can the creditor obtain...more

(US) Limiting the Sky: Is There Space for Drones in Real Estate Law?

Real property is generally conceived of as tangible and two dimensional. We acquire land described by courses and distances in a deed, depicted by lines on a survey. The laws respecting that land are well-formed; most in the...more

Revised Property Transfer Tax Return Form Requests Additional Information About Hidden Buyers of New York City Real Estate

In February, the New York Times published an 8,000-word investigation into wealthy foreigners buying New York City real estate and taking advantage of U.S. laws that allow them to set up shell companies in order to obscure...more

Democrats release alternative regulatory relief bill

Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee have released a regulatory relief bill intended to be an alternative to the bill released by Senator Richard Shelby. While Senator Shelby’s bill is entitled the “Financial Regulatory...more

Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Emerging Technologies

In the modern era, the world moves fast—aided by technology that is constantly evolving and changing our relationships with each other and with the world around us. Technological developments challenge state and local...more

FDIC OIG Publishes Results of Audit of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties

On April 28, the FDIC’s Office of the Inspector General published a report – The FDIC’s Controls for Identifying, Securing, and Disposing of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties – regarding its...more

House passes regulatory reform bills

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives, in bi-partisan votes, passed the following regulatory reform bills: The “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act, H.R. 601, would create an exemption from the Gramm-Leach-Bliley...more

Financial Services Report - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - Beltway Report - Bureau Report - Mobile & Emerging Payments Report - Mortgage & Fair Lending Report - Operations Report - Preemption Report - Privacy...more

Massachusetts Mortgage Lender Fined For Conducting Business at Unapproved Branch Location

On February 27, the Massachusetts Division of Banks entered into a consent order with a mortgage lender resolving allegations that it violated state and federal regulations. Under the terms of the consent order, the mortgage...more

Another NY Appellate Division Holds that Appraisers have “No Right” to Inspect a Private Residence under the Fourth Amendment

We previously reported on a Second Department case that held a municipal agent (including a private appraiser hired by a municipality) is not automatically entitled to an inspection of a private residence to prepare an...more

California Legislature Takes Another Pass at Regulating Drone Operators

As part of our continuing California drone law coverage, today we report on the latest attempt by the California legislature to regulate unmanned aerial vehicles. Introduced yesterday by California State Senator Hannah Beth...more

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