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Subprime Credit Card Company Ordered to Pay $3M by CFPB

Why it matters - Pursuant to a consent order entered into with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Continental Finance Company must refund $2.7 million to approximately 98,000 customers and pay a $250,000...more

CFPB Proposes Suspending Quarterly Credit Card Agreement Submission Requirements

On February 26, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) published a proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) that would suspend for one year the requirement that credit card issuers submit their agreements to the CFPB...more

Federal Court Finds Amex’s “Anti-Steering” Merchant Rules Anticompetitive

After a seven-week bench trial in an enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 17 state attorneys general, U.S. District Judge Garaufis (Eastern District of New York) held that American Express Co.’s...more

Public Finance Update: New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds: IRS Notice 2015-12 Application Submission and Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently released Notice 2015-12 (the “Notice”), which solicits applications for allocations of the approximately $1.4 billion remaining available amount of national bond volume limitation...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2015 (Updated)

In This Issue - White House Releases Proposed Privacy Legislation - Lessons from the Anthem Data Breach - SEC and FINRA Release Results of Industrywide Cybersecurity Examination Sweeps - COSO Releases Report on...more

Privy Council clarifies power to rectify share registers of BVI companies

On 21 January 2015 the Privy Council handed down its decision in Nilon Limited v Royal Westminster Investments SA [2015] UKPC 2 clarifying the power of the courts to rectify the share register of a BVI company under section...more

Cooperation By Broker Mitigates SEC Sanctions

Cooperation was a key factor in the resolution of an action involving a minority owner of a broker-dealer that is alleged to have facilitated a fraudulent scheme to conceal losses at a major Japanese company. In the Matter of...more

New Investment Regulation has been passed

On 25 February 2015, the Federal Cabinet passed an amendment to the Investment Regulation and the Pension Fund Investment Regulation. After the Capital Investment Code (Kapitalanlagegesetzbuch, KAGB) came into force on 22...more

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Relief from the BEIP Freeze?

Unexpected relief may be coming for companies that are owed millions in unpaid incentive grants from New Jersey. The Business Employment Incentive Program (known as BEIP) provided companies with grants of up to 80% of...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - March 2015

In This Issue: - It's The Plan Sponsor's Responsibility, Just Because. - Reasons When A Plan Sponsor Should Change Their Plan Providers. - What Retirement Plan Sponsors Have To Fear. - A great Retirement Plan?...more

Second Circuit Holds That SIPA Does Not Permit an Inflation or Interest Adjustment to “Net Equity” Claims For Customer Property

In In re Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, No. 14-97-bk(L), 2015 WL 727965 (2d Cir. Feb. 20, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that no adjustment for inflation or interest could...more

OCC’s Updated Guidance on Retail Nondeposit Investment Products

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) recently released an updated and substantially revised section of its Comptroller’s Handbook titled “Retail Nondeposit Investment Products” (the Booklet). The Booklet...more

FHFA House Price Index Shows Increases for Fourteen Consecutive Quarters

On February 26, the FHFA House Price Index showed that U.S. house prices rose 1.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. This marked the fourteenth consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Issues Significant Financial Penalty in Respect of Management of Conflicts of Interest by Asset...

Summary - This alert sets out details of a recently published final notice issued by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regarding the management of conflicts of interest within UK-licensed investment managers....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 8

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Offer Extended Trading Hours for SPX and VIX Options - CFTC Staff to Host Public Roundtable on Recovery and Orderly Wind-Down of DCOs - CFTC Reopens Comment Period for...more

Department of Energy Loan Programs Office Update: Recent Announcements, Insights, and Upcoming Workshops

Throughout 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office (LPO) announced nearly $25 billion in new loan guarantee authority across three solicitations and promoted the success of its existing portfolio, while...more

Broad Coalition Delivers Blunt Rebuke To SEC Chairman

Last month, I wrote that the SEC’s about face in responding to the no-action letter request of Whole Foods Market, Inc. “clearly wasn’t the SEC’s finest hour.” Several days later, a coalition of some 17 different...more

ISS Issues FAQs on Proxy Voting Policies Regarding Bylaw and Charter Amendments Adopted Without Shareholder Approval

Existing (ISS) voting policy is to recommend against the election of boards of directors if charter or bylaw amendments were enacted without shareholder approval and in a manner that materially diminishes shareholders’ rights...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - 2015 Legislative Agenda Includes Dodd-Frank Revisit and Cybersecurity. Enforcement - SEC Enforcement Action Underscores Importance of Custody Rule Compliance - Joint SEC/State...more

SEC Chair and European Union Financial Services Commissioner Meet

On February 26, the SEC Chair Mary Jo White hosted a meeting with European Union Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill. Chair White and Commissioner Hill discussed the importance of international cooperation in...more

“No News Is Bad News” on BSA Compliance

Addressing SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) conference Wednesday, SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney said that – when it comes to AML – the lack of red flags itself is a red flag....more

OCC “Deposit-Related Consumer Credit” Booklet of Comptroller’s Handbook to be Amended

On February 20, the OCC announced that it would be removing the “Deposited-Related Consumer Credit” booklet, originally issued on February 11, from its website. The OCC’s February 11 booklet seemingly required banks to change...more

SEC Identifies Enforcement Priorities for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief, Asset Management Unit, SEC Division of Enforcement identified enforcement priorities for hedge funds and private equity funds. For private funds — meaning hedge funds and private equity funds...more

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