In This Issue:

- FEDERAL ISSUES

- STATE ISSUES

- COURTS

- MISCELLANY

- FIRM NEWS

- FIRM PUBLICATIONS

- MORTGAGES

- BANKING

- CONSUMER FINANCE

- SECURITIES

- CREDIT CARDS

- PAYMENTS

- CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

- Excerpt from Criminal Enforcement:

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictment for Alleged Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Violations. On March 28, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama announced that a federal grand jury had returned a two-count indictment against a used car dealer for violating the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). United States v. Nuss, No. 13-102 (N.D. Ala. Filed March, 28, 2013). According to the announcement, the indictment charged the car dealer with failing to follow the SCRA when asked to do so by an Alabama National Guard member who had been called to active duty in Afghanistan. The guardsman allegedly had sent a letter from his deployed location, in which he asked that his interest rate be reduced to six percent as required by the SCRA. According to the indictment, the dealer refused to reduce the interest rate, and hired two individuals to repossess the guardsman's vehicle without first obtaining a SCRA-required court order. The maximum penalty for each SCRA violation is one year in prison, and a $100,000 fine.

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