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IRS Issues Warnings about Email and Telephone Tax Scams

As the 2014 tax filing season progresses the Internal Revenue Service has issued warnings to taxpayers about convincing fraudulent email messages and telephone calls seeking payments or personal information that will enable...more

Advertising Law

FTC Settles With ADT Over Deceptive Endorsements - Don’t believe everything you see on TV or read on the Internet – at least not from ADT Security Systems. According to an administrative complaint filed by the...more

CFPB sends complaint solicitation as IRS refund check stuffer

As it reportedly did last year, we understand the CFPB is again this year soliciting consumer complaints through the use of a stuffer sent with IRS refund checks mailed to consumers. The stuffer indicates that it is...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- December 9, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - While the Senate was on recess, the House was in, but staffs from...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds that Scope of Act 6 Is Limited to Loans or Use of Money

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has addressed the important issue of whether, and to what extent, Pennsylvania's Loan Interest and Protection Law (Act 6) may be used as the basis for claims that do not...more

Private Fund Update - November 25, 2013

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - The Administration - Private Equity Growth Capital Council...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 06, 2013

FTC Settles Over “Made in the U.S.A.” Claims - Back in business after the government shutdown, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement involving products falsely advertised as “Made in the U.S.A.”...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations -...more

How Is The Canadian Government Doing On Protecting Personal Information In Its Operations?

In the last two weeks, the out-going Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Jennifer Stoddart, has released three reports that provide insight on the current state of Canada’s federal government’s protection of personal information...more

California Expands Certain Servicemember Protections

On September 6, California enacted AB 526, which, among other things, expands certain financial protections for military reservists. Current state law allows U.S. Military Reserve and National Guard members who are called to...more

THE RICH GET RICHER THROUGH THE RECOVERY: THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF EARNERS TOOK MORE THAN HALF OF THE COUNTRY’S TOTAL INCOME IN 2012

The top 10 percent of earners took more than half of the country’s total income in 2012, the highest level recorded since the government began collecting the relevant data a century ago, according to an updated study by the...more

European Parliament Report on Online Gambling

The European Parliament today published its Report on online gambling in the internal market calling for a balanced and EU compliant approach when regulating the market. The European Parliament Resolution contains more...more

Credit Counseling: Obstacles to Innovation and Path to Consumer Empowerment

In this presentation: - Tax-Exemption Challenges - Bankruptcy Counseling Challenges - Consumer Protection Statutes - Excerpt from Presentation: How did we get here? - Federal and...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- May 13‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - What had been a relatively quiet week, where until Friday it seemed...more

CFPB Finalizes Revisions to Remittances Rule, Sets October 28 Effective Date

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finalized revisions to its remittance transfers rule and set October 28, 2013, as the rule’s new effective date. While not entirely eliminating the requirement for remittance...more

CFPB Modifies Foreign Remittance Rules And Sets New Effective Date

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has revised its previously issued rules on foreign remittance transfers to ease some of the disclosure concerns raised by financial institutions. The revised rules, which are...more

Virtual Currency: Recent Federal Regulatory Considerations

Bitcoin is a virtual currency – it has no physical form in paper or metal and is not connected with any central bank or governmental authority. It is freely tradable via the internet or other electronic means. Transactions in...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 21, 2013

In this issue: - ANA CEO Calls for Greater Industry Cooperation, Self-Regulation to Win Policy Battles - Price Match Guarantees – Easy to Offer, Hard to Limit - Some States Eye Advertisers to Generate Tax...more

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending March 15, 2013

Legal links of interest for the week ending March 15, 2013 Friday, March 15, 2013 by Steven J. Getman, Esq. Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past...more

Tax Payers Have A Friend At City Hall

With the April 15th tax return deadline approaching, many people turn to tax preparers whether small one person shops or national corporations. Until recently it was up to the consumer to determine if the deal the tax...more

Attorney General Prevails In Lawsuit Against Income Tax Preparation Company

The Attorney General brought a lawsuit against an income tax preparation business alleging violations of state and federal lending, consumer protection, unfair competition, and false advertising laws. The court of appeal...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Rule on Originator Compensation - Treasury and IRS FATCA Regulations - Rating Agency Developments *Recent Orrick Alerts - Derivatives Reform in...more

Steven Getman: Legal links of interest for the week ending January 25, 2013

Attorney Steven Getman reports on some of the stories about courts, the law and lawyers in the news this past week: • Court strikes down Obama recess appointments: The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that President...more

Under the Dome: Inside The Maine State House Special Edition 1-24-13

With a population of roughly 1.3 million people, Maine is a small player in national markets. At the same time, Maine legislators have attempted to have an out-sized voice in the national marketplace of legislative policy by...more

CFPB Proposes Revisions to Rules on International Money Transfers by Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently issued proposed changes to the rule it originally proposed on January 20, 2011, governing certain electronic money transfers by consumers that was required by the...more

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