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HUD Rule Allowing Lenders To Demand Immediate Reverse Mortgage Repayments from Widowers Violates Federal Law, Court Holds

A Washington, D.C., District Court ruled recently that a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulation allowing lenders to demand that widowers immediately repay reverse mortgage loans upon the death of their spouses violates…more

HUD, Lenders, Mortgages, Reverse Mortgages

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Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Blasts Charter Schools

Charter school managers and officials should be aware that the Executive Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records has recently made public statements criticizing charter schools that take the position that they should…more

Charter Schools, Disclosure Requirements, Exemptions, Public Records, Right To Know

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IRS Seeks to Curb Popularity of ‘Skinny’ Health Plans

The Internal Revenue Service, in Notice 2014-69, has concluded that certain unconventional group health plan designs that offer limited or no coverage for in-patient hospitalization services and/or physician services will not…more

Affordable Care Act, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Healthcare, IRS

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Hague Agreement Streamlines Registration of Industrial Designs

On April 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Final Rules to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. The Agreement is effective in the…more

Design Patent, Final Rules, Hague Agreement, Industrial Design, Patents

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Federal Agencies Issue Final Rule on Standards for Appraisal Management Companies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the…more

Appraisal Management Companies, Banking Sector, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, FFIEC

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Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a settlement…more

Appeals, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Income Taxes

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CA Supreme Court Issues First Decision Extending FTC v. Actavis to State Antitrust Litigation

The California Supreme Court issued a decision today in the Cipro antitrust cases, concluding that the analysis set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis applies to alleged “pay-for-delay” pharmaceutical patent…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Bayer, CA Supreme Court, Cartwright Act

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HUD continues reorganization of key leadership

As part of its efforts towards continued reorganization, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recently announced changes to the Office of Multifamily Housing leadership staff. Mark Van Kirk, the…more

Administrative Appointments, HUD

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TaxAble: Tax Tips You Ought To Know

A person has phantom income when she or he has taxable income, but does not receive an equal amount of cash. Phantom income is generally dreaded by taxpayers and tax advisers alike. Yet, it occurs surprisingly frequently in many…more

Business Taxes, Phantom Income

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FLSA Wage and Hour Lawsuit Filed against NCAA

A putative collective action on behalf of college athletes, Sackos v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, was recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against the National Collegiate…more

Athletes, College Athletes, Employee Definition, FLSA, Minimum Wage

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Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force Recommends Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

A task force appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to examine the impact of paid sick leave legislation recently released its final report that recommends Philadelphia employers with 15 or more workers should provide paid sick…more

Employee Rights, Local Ordinance, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Freddie Mac closes first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan

Freddie Mac recently closed its first direct purchase of a tax-exempt loan. The loan financed the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 417-unit senior housing community in Dayton, Ohio known as The Lakewoods. The deal represents…more

Freddie Mac, HUD, Loans, Real Estate Market, Tax Exemptions

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New California Landlord Disclosure Requirements Effective July 1

Two new landlord disclosure requirements become effective in California on July 1, 2013. One requires that all new commercial leases state whether the property has been inspected for disability access—and if so, the results. The…more

Certified Access Specialists, Commercial Leases, Compliance, Disability, Disclosure Requirements

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Federal Circuit Sides with USPTO in First Review of AIA Final Decision

For the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled on a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review proceeding, or IPR. In a 2-1 decision, the Federal…more

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N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided two key issues affecting claims of supervisory hostile work environment sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Aguas v. State of New Jersey,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Faragher/Ellerth defense, Hostile Environment, NJ Supreme Court

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Optional Rental Program Did Not Transform Hotel-Condominium Units into Securities, Ninth Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative securities class action concerning the sale of 420 hotel-condominium units at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego…more

Class Action, Condominiums, Hotels, Putative Class Actions, Rental Property

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New Utah Law Prohibits Unequal Treatment of Rental Units by Homeowners Associations

Recent revisions to Utah law clarify the role and authority of homeowners associations in restricting owners’ renting out of their units, and may require associations to take action to comply. House Bill 98, signed into law this…more

Amended Legislation, Condominiums, Homeowners' Association, Rental Property

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Federal Government Steps Up Monitoring of Distressed Municipalities

Multiple news outlets have reported that the U.S. Treasury Department has created an Office of State and Local Finance tasked with monitoring the distressed local government sector of the municipal finance market. Kent Hiteshew,…more

Disclosure Requirements, Municipal Bonds, Municipalities, SEC, Secondary Markets

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Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’ obstruction…more

Barry Bonds, En Banc Review, Government Investigations, Obstruction of Justice, Young Lawyers

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Congress's ‘Regulatory Objectives’ for Copyright Law Prevail in Supreme Court's Aereo Holding

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al. v. Aereo, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held today by a margin of 6 to 3 that an unlicensed online broadcast television retransmission service infringed copyrights owned by…more

ABC v Aereo, Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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DOL Extends FMLA Protection to Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a final rule amending its definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to extend FMLA protection to legally married employees with same-sex spouses,…more

DOL, DOMA, Employer Mandates, Final Rules, FMLA

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA Interstate Pollution Rule

In a significant victory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and supporting parties, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and remanded an appellate ruling that had invalidated EPA’s Clean Air Act regulation of certain air…more

Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, EPA, Power Plants, SCOTUS

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Proposed Changes to Civil Rules Could Limit Scope of eDiscovery

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently approved amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure addressing, among other things, eDiscovery. Although some of the Advisory Committee’s proposed revisions lessen the…more

Corporate Counsel, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Proposed Amendments, Rule 1, Rule 26

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Supreme Court Sets Framework for Determining Software Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International regarding the patent eligibility of basic business methods covered in computer software patents. Writing for the unanimous…more

Alice Corporation, Bilski, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus

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Third Circuit Rules FDCPA Claims Can Be Based on Foreclosure Complaints

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that foreclosure complaints can be the basis of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims. This decision continues the Third Circuit's expansive…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, FDCPA, Fees, Foreclosure

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House tax extender package bolsters Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit programs

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a one-year tax extender bill that will shore up two key housing and community development programs. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) (the…more

Affordable Housing, LIHTC, New Market Tax Credits, Tax Extenders

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Deed of Trust Assignment without Debt Transfer Does Not Trigger TILA Notification Obligation, Maryland District Court Rules

The mere assignment of a deed of trust without a transfer of the underlying mortgage debt does not trigger a lender's obligation under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) to notify the borrower of the assignment, according to a…more

Assignments, Deed of Trust, Mortgages, TILA

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Housing options for veterans

With Independence Day right around the corner and with several bond financings benefitting homeless veterans recently in the news (see Proposition 41 Bond Measure and Apartments for Homeless Veterans), it seemed fitting to…more

Affordable Housing, Bond Financing, Bonds, Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Issues

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge to California Decision that PAGA Claims Cannot be Waived in Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari that challenged a California Supreme Court decision carving out an exception to the federal high court’s recent holdings in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and…more

American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Federal Appeals Court Revives Suit Over "All Natural" Cosmetic Labeling

“A product labeled ‘all natural’... likely evokes images of ground herbs and earth extracts rather than chemicals such as ‘Polysorbate 20’ or ‘Hydroxycitronellal.’” With that opening sentence, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals…more

All Natural, Appeals, Class Action, Cosmetics, Jurisdiction

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New Jersey Takes Emergency Action To Speed Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took emergency action to reduce approval backlogs and to make it easier for those seeking to rebuild in wake of Hurricane Sandy to obtain regulatory approvals by…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Hurricane Sandy, Reconstruction, Redevelopment

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Fed Seeks Public Comment on Financial Holding Company Physical Commodities Activities

An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) issued in mid-January by the Federal Reserve Board (the Board) seeks public comment on the scope of permissible physical commodities activities. Such activities have been under the…more

Bank Holding Company, Dodd-Frank, Energy, Federal Reserve, Public Comment

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The Sixth Circuit, Relying upon Michigan’s Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act, Rejects the Enforceability of an Insolvency Covenant

Notwithstanding Michigan’s 2012 Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act (NMLA), which provides that solvency covenants in nonrecourse loans unenforceable, in Borman, LLC v. 18718 Borman, LLC, a third-party purchaser of a foreclosed…more

Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Lenders, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages

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EEOC Must Fulfill Conciliation Requirement before Suing

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 30 released its opinion in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, stating that federal courts had the authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fulfilled its duty to…more

Charge Notices, Conciliation, Discrimination, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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The Sixth Circuit, Relying upon Michigan’s Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act, Rejects the Enforceability of an Insolvency Covenant

Notwithstanding Michigan’s 2012 Nonrecourse Mortgage Loan Act (NMLA), which provides that solvency covenants in nonrecourse loans unenforceable, in Borman, LLC v. 18718 Borman, LLC, a third-party purchaser of a foreclosed…more

Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Lenders, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages

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Hague Agreement Streamlines Registration of Industrial Designs

On April 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued Final Rules to implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs. The Agreement is effective in the…more

Design Patent, Final Rules, Hague Agreement, Industrial Design, Patents

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N.J. Supreme Court Decision in Harassment Case Mixed Bag for Employers

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided two key issues affecting claims of supervisory hostile work environment sexual harassment under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”). In Aguas v. State of New Jersey,…more

Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Faragher/Ellerth defense, Hostile Environment, NJ Supreme Court

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Impact of USPTO Interim Guidance on Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech Inventions

The recent interim guidance issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides applicants and practitioners with more helpful information about which types of claims the USPTO will find to satisfy subject matter…more

AMP v Myriad, Genetic Materials, Guidance Update, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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IRS Approves New Rules To Minimize Taxes Related to M&A Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently adopted long-awaited regulations intended to provide a new means of minimizing taxes in M&A transactions. The newly adopted regulations take effect on May 15, 2013, under Section 336(e) of…more

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Planning for Tenant's Changing Needs: Options To Renew, Expand, Cancel, or Reduce

As a tenant's business changes, its needs and space requirements also change. If possible, a commercial tenant should anticipate the possibility of changing needs by negotiating certain beneficial options and rights into the…more

Commercial Leases, Contract Drafting, Default, Fair Market Value, Landlords

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New Utah Law Prohibits Unequal Treatment of Rental Units by Homeowners Associations

Recent revisions to Utah law clarify the role and authority of homeowners associations in restricting owners’ renting out of their units, and may require associations to take action to comply. House Bill 98, signed into law this…more

Amended Legislation, Condominiums, Homeowners' Association, Rental Property

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge to California Decision that PAGA Claims Cannot be Waived in Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari that challenged a California Supreme Court decision carving out an exception to the federal high court’s recent holdings in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and…more

American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Mayor Nutter Signs Bill Mandating Employers to Allow Breastfeeding

Yesterday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a bill requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodation to employees who seek to breastfeed. Bill No. 130922, which was first introduced by City Councilman David Oh in…more

Breastfeeding, Employee Rights, Reasonable Accommodation

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New York Department of Financial Services To Begin Cybersecurity Examinations of Financial Institutions

On May 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) will soon begin examining financial institutions for their cybersecurity preparedness. Governor Cuomo stated that,…more

Audits, Bank Records, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Financial Institution Liability

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Bill introduced in Senate to create permanent LIHTC rate floors

On May 5, 2015, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the “Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Rate Act” (S. 1193), which would create a permanent 9% minimum low-income housing tax credit rate…more

Affordable Housing, Bond Financing, LIHTC, Proposed Legislation

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OFCCP Announces Intent To Publish Updated Rules Prohibiting Sex Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced its intent to update rules prohibiting sex discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. The OFCCP published a Notice of Proposed…more

DOL, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Executive Orders

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Supreme Court Upholds EPA Interstate Pollution Rule

In a significant victory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and supporting parties, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and remanded an appellate ruling that had invalidated EPA’s Clean Air Act regulation of certain air…more

Clean Air Act, Cross-State Air Pollution, EPA, Power Plants, SCOTUS

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Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations on Fiduciary Advice

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued long-awaited proposed regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement…more

Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard, Investment Adviser

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$6.3 Million Judgment Awarded in Alleged Timeshare Resale Scam

A federal court recently entered a final judgment against and approved settlement agreements with several telemarketing companies charged by the Federal Trade Commission with operating a timeshare resale scam. The judgment…more

FTC, Scams, Telemarketing Sales Rule, Timeshare

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‘Operation Ruse Control’ Announcement Highlights Importance of Auto Finance Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission—and numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada—recently announced that an enforcement initiative dubbed “Operation Ruse Control” has resulted in…more

Automotive Industry, Automotive Loans, Car Dealerships, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders

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Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a settlement…more

Appeals, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Income Taxes

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Limits on State Open Records Laws

Businesses and organizations that request public records from other states could find their access to such records restricted as a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling…more

FOIA, Public Records, SCOTUS

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Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition payments…more

Clawbacks, Colleges, Consumer Bankruptcy, Educational Institutions, Tuition

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The America Invents Act (AIA) Affects Design Patents, Too

Over the last few years, companies have increasingly recognized the value of design patents, which are directed to the ornamental (non-functional) appearance of a product…more

America Invents Act, Crocs Inc, Design Patent, First-to-File, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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IRS Allocates “National Pool” Credits to Thirty-Five States and Puerto Rico

Yesterday, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2014-52 which provides for the reallocation of $2.59 million of unused national pool low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs)…more

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Nevada Supreme Court Addresses Private Sale Through Receivership

In U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Palmilla Development, Co., Inc., the Nevada Supreme Court recently confirmed that a receiver’s sale is a form of foreclosure sale that triggers a secured party’s right to a deficiency judgment. This ruling…more

Deficiency Judgments, Foreclosure, Statute of Limitations, US Bank

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Only Original Purchasers May Recover Damages for Breach of the Builder’s Implied Warranty of Habitability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a builder’s implied warranty of habitability extends only to the initial buyer of a home, and not to subsequent purchasers. In Conway v. The Cutler Group, Inc., the Court reversed an…more

Buyers, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Contract Disputes

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Supreme Court Agrees Again To Decide Critical Disparate Impact Questions under the Fair Housing Act

The question of whether plaintiffs suing under the Fair Housing Act may bring disparate impact claims is back on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket as a result of the Court's decision today to grant certiorari in Mount Holly v…more

CFPB, Discrimination, Disparate Impact, ECOA, Fair Lending

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FDA Issues Guidance on Mobile Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration’s recent guidance on mobile medical applications illustrates the FDA’s growing efforts to combat emerging cybersecurity issues that affect patient safety. The guidance, issued in February 2015,…more

Cybersecurity, Diagnostic Method, FDA, Mobile Apps, Mobile Medical Applications

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Section 202: using federal sources to assist the growing elderly population

During one of the sessions at Ballard Spahr’s Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium, Mara Blitzer from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) discussed federal housing resources for aging Americans with a…more

Affordable Housing, HUD, Section 202

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Federal Financial Regulators Offer Advice To Address Malware, Compromised Credentials

In its recent press release, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two statements reiterating financial institutions' obligations to have measures in place to prevent and mitigate cybersecurity…more

Cybersecurity, FFIEC, Financial Institutions, Risk Management

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Ballard Spahr Lawyers Turn Back Robinson Township Challenge to Waste-to-Energy Facility

Although some have suggested that Robinson Township, et al. v. Commonwealth, a 2013 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that struck down key provisions of a state law regulating the oil and gas industry, could impair development…more

Energy Projects, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, State and Local Government

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Employee’s Firing over Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use Is Legal, Colorado Court Holds

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently held that an employee can be fired for testing positive for medical marijuana use, even though it occurred off the job, it was legal under state law, and the employee was never under the…more

Hiring & Firing, Medical Marijuana, Termination

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‘Primary User’ of Cell Phone Number Can Sue under TCPA, Florida Federal Court Holds

The "primary user" of a cell phone line has standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), even when another party is the actual subscriber to the service, a federal court in Florida has ruled. The case…more

Cell Phones, Corporate Counsel, Standing, TCPA

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U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Limits on State Open Records Laws

Businesses and organizations that request public records from other states could find their access to such records restricted as a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling…more

FOIA, Public Records, SCOTUS

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Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Law Passed

Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a bill mandating that most Philadelphia employers provide paid sick leave to their employees. It is anticipated that the law will provide this type of leave to approximately…more

Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Congress's ‘Regulatory Objectives’ for Copyright Law Prevail in Supreme Court's Aereo Holding

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al. v. Aereo, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court held today by a margin of 6 to 3 that an unlicensed online broadcast television retransmission service infringed copyrights owned by…more

ABC v Aereo, Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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How might the Supreme Court’s decision in Perez v. MBA affect the CFPB?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n invalidated a significant line of D.C. Circuit case law known, after the leading case, as the Paralyzed Veterans doctrine. A case involving a series of…more

Administrative Procedure Act, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, DOL, Mortgage Loan Officer

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CFPB holds hearing on payday and auto title loans in Richmond, VA

On March 26, the CFPB held a public hearing on payday and auto title lending, the same day that it released proposed regulations for short-term small-dollar loans. Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring gave opening remarks,…more

CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Payday Loans, Proposed Regulation, Richard Cordray

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New P3 Legislation To Take Effect in Washington, D.C.

A new law intended to encourage more widespread use of public-private partnerships (P3s) in the District of Columbia is set to become a reality in the coming weeks. The Public-Private Partnership Act of 2014 (P3 Act) was…more

Local Ordinance, New Legislation, P3s, Public Procurement Policies, Public Projects

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HUD issues notice on processing RAD applications

HUD issued a notice in today’s Federal Register on the process it will follow in processing applications for first component Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions that are on HUD’s waiting list. The original authorization…more

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Treasury Department Announces $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credit Allocation Awards

Eighty-five community development entities (CDEs) have been selected to receive $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation authority in the 2012 round of the NMTC Program. The announcement of the latest round of…more

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Anthem's Breach: How Employers Should Respond

With the news of the breach of security at Anthem health plans, many employers have been wondering whether their employees are affected and how they should respond. The breach extends to members in Anthem-affiliated plans and…more

Anthem Blue Cross, Cyber Attacks, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Health Insurance

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Report from SBREFA Panel on Payday, Title and Installment Loans

Wednesday, I had the opportunity to participate as an advisor to a small entity representative (“SER”) at the small business review panel on payday, title and installment loans. The meeting was held in the Treasury Building’s…more

CFPB, Information Reports, Installment Agreements, Payday Loans, Retail Installment Sales Contracts

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Federal Court Addresses Frequently Overlooked Nuances of Electronic Document Production

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal of the Northern District of California recently issued an order in Venture Corp., Ltd. v. Barrett shedding light on the meaning of two Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing document…more

Discovery, Document Productions, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

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Criminal Charges Brought in Food Safety Case

In another show of force against food processors, federal prosecutors in Colorado recently brought criminal charges against two brothers who owned a cantaloupe farm linked to a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. The…more

Criminal Prosecution, FDCA, Food Manufacturers, Food Safety, Listeria

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Congress hears testimony on Public-Private Partnerships in affordable housing

Would private developers build affordable housing if there were no government subsidies? Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) and his colleagues explored that question and other topics during a House Financial Service Subcommittee hearing…more

Affordable Housing, Congressional Investigations & Hearings, FHA, Financial Services Committee, P3s

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FHFA proposed rule on Enterprise housing goals is open for comments

Issued earlier this month, a proposed rule from the Federal Housing Finance Agency considers updates to the Agency’s Enterprise housing goals. The rule applies to mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for housing…more

Affordable Housing, Enterprise Zones, Fannie Mae, FHFA, Freddie Mac

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In case you missed it … Recent HUD notices

Over the past month, HUD has published a number of administrative notices that cover a variety of matters for housing providers, particular for PHAs and others who administer project-based Section 8 assistance. Below is a…more

Affordable Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, HUD, Rental Assistance Programs, Section 8

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Delaware Senate Upholds Ban on Fee-Shifting Provisions in Corporate Governing Documents

The Delaware Senate has passed a bill that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to prohibit Delaware stock-based companies from adopting bylaws or articles of incorporation that shift legal fees to the losing…more

Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting, New Legislation

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OSHA To Refer Untimely Retaliation Claims to NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have entered into a new program that will provide whistleblowers an avenue to pursue claims that are time-barred by the…more

NLRA, NLRB, OSHA, Retaliation, Whistleblowers

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Regulators Decline to Exempt TOBs from Risk Retention Rule but Add Helpful Revisions and Clarifications

Although regulators have rebuffed industry efforts to have tender option bonds (TOBs) exempted from the final credit risk retention rule (the CRRR), they have nevertheless provided some helpful changes and clarifications that…more

ABS, Asset-Backed Securities, Dodd-Frank, Municipal Bonds, Risk Retention

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U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The fine…more

Administrative Fines, Colleges, Department of Education, Disclosure Requirements, Heald College

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New York AG Takes Proactive Approach to Regulation of Nonprofits

Signaling increased oversight of nonprofit organizations, the New York Attorney General’s Office recently began to scrutinize the management and operation of New York nonprofits in an effort to head off potential crises before…more

Affordable Housing, Financial Reporting, Misappropriation, Non-Profits, Private Schools

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ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policies for Independent Chair and Equity Incentive Plan Proposals

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released for public comment its 2015 draft voting policies. The draft policies relate to two topics affecting the U.S. market: independent board chair shareholder proposals and…more

Board of Directors, Incentive Stock Options, ISS, Proxy Voting Guidelines, Public Comment

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Industry Concerns Prompt SEC To Modify MCDC Initiative

In response to concerns raised by industry participants, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made some modifications to its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative). The SEC…more

Disclosure Requirements, MCDC, Municipal Securities Issuers, Policy Violations, SEC

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N.J. Eliminates Customer Data Collection Requirements for Gift Card Retailers, Issuers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law an amendment to the state’s unclaimed property law—S.B. 2235—that eliminated its consumer data collection requirements. In doing so, Governor Christie relieved a significant…more

Amended Legislation, Chris Christie, Data Collection, Gift-Cards, Retailers

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Recent Nevada Supreme Court Opinions Impact Deficiency Actions

The Nevada Supreme Court recently issued two significant opinions that impact deficiency judgment actions in Nevada, and is preparing to issue a third. In Munoz v. Branch Banking and Trust Company, Inc., the Court held that…more

Assignments, Banking Sector, Court-Appointed Receivers, Deficiency Judgments, FIRREA

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Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill. The court’s ruling in Hobart Corporation, et al. v. Waste…more

Appeals, CERCLA, Consent Order, Environmental Claims, Environmental Remediation Costs

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Amicus Curiae Oppose Disparate-Impact Liability

Recently, following the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari, more than a dozen organizations, groups, and associations filed separate amicus curiae briefs in support of the notion that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not…more

Disparate Impact, FHA, SCOTUS

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U.S. Mayors’ Group Recommends Ways To Improve Police-Community Relations

A U.S. Conference of Mayors working group, composed of mayors and police chiefs, recently issued a report titled Strengthening Police-Community Relations in America’s Cities. The report made two recommendations designed to…more

Community Relations, Conference of Mayors, Law Enforcement

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CMS Releases Final Rule on Physician Payment Disclosures

Public disclosure of payments from pharmaceutical, medical device, biologic, and medical supply manufacturers to physicians and hospitals will begin under a final rule on the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act)…more

Biologics, CMS, Covered Entities, GPOs, Medicaid

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Third Circuit Requires Affidavit of Merit in Products Liability Case Against Residential Homebuilder

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the homeowner failed…more

Architecture, Construction Litigation, Design Defects, Inadequate Warning, Professional Liability

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Guidance Clarifies Preventive Care Requirements

Recent guidance issued jointly by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury clarifies how the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide cost-free coverage for preventive care applies to…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, Health Care Providers, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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IRS Construction Deadline Guidance Highlights Disparate Treatment of Renewable Energy Technologies

The IRS recently released guidance in the form of an IRS Notice implementing a rule change under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 concerning the construction deadline that renewable energy facilities must meet to qualify…more

Begun Construction Test, Energy Projects, Investment Tax Credits, IRS, Production Tax Credit

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CFPB Proposes Additional Servicing Rule Amendments

The CFPB issued a proposed rulemaking last week to amend various provisions of the mortgage servicing rules under Regulation X and Regulation Z. Comments are due 90 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register…more

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Pa. Superior Court: ‘Valuable Consideration’ Required for Employer Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreement

In a case of first impression, a Pennsylvania appellate court recently held that contractual language satisfying the state’s Uniform Written Obligations Act (UWOA)—that is, a statement that the parties “intend to be legally…more

Consideration, Employment Contract, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants

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Supreme Court Addresses an Employer’s Right To Amend Retiree Health Coverage

In M&G Polymers v. Tackett, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ordinary contract principles govern whether a collective bargaining agreement vests retirees in health coverage (and the contributions they are required to pay for…more

CBAs, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance, M&G Polymers v Tackett

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Second Circuit Issues Decision in Payday-Loan Regulatory Case

In a clash of competing sovereigns’ interests, the Second Circuit recently upheld, for now, the authority of the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to regulate online payday loans made by Indian tribal lenders to…more

Banks, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, NACHA, Native American Issues

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Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’ obstruction…more

Barry Bonds, En Banc Review, Government Investigations, Obstruction of Justice, Young Lawyers

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Impact of USPTO Interim Guidance on Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech Inventions

The recent interim guidance issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) provides applicants and practitioners with more helpful information about which types of claims the USPTO will find to satisfy subject matter…more

AMP v Myriad, Genetic Materials, Guidance Update, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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New Jersey Gets Federal Approval for $1.8 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Aid

The Obama administration recently approved more than $1.8 billion in aid to help New Jersey residents and businesses recover from Hurricane Sandy. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for New Jersey, part of a $60…more

Chris Christie, Community Development Block Grants, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disasters

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New Maryland State Income Tax Credit for Small Commercial Projects

The owners of small commercial properties in Maryland historic districts should take note of the Maryland Sustainable Communities Small Commercial Tax Credit, a new state income tax credit that may be available to them as of…more

Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Historic Preservation, Tax Credits

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Supreme Court Addresses an Employer’s Right To Amend Retiree Health Coverage

In M&G Polymers v. Tackett, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that ordinary contract principles govern whether a collective bargaining agreement vests retirees in health coverage (and the contributions they are required to pay for…more

CBAs, Employer Group Health Plans, Employer Healthcare Costs, Health Insurance, M&G Polymers v Tackett

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N.J. Eliminates Customer Data Collection Requirements for Gift Card Retailers, Issuers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law an amendment to the state’s unclaimed property law—S.B. 2235—that eliminated its consumer data collection requirements. In doing so, Governor Christie relieved a significant…more

Amended Legislation, Chris Christie, Data Collection, Gift-Cards, Retailers

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ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policies for Independent Chair and Equity Incentive Plan Proposals

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released for public comment its 2015 draft voting policies. The draft policies relate to two topics affecting the U.S. market: independent board chair shareholder proposals and…more

Board of Directors, Incentive Stock Options, ISS, Proxy Voting Guidelines, Public Comment

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Private E-Mail and Public Officials: What's a Public Document?

The "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey involving an investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures has included many instances of Governor Chris Christie's top officials utilizing their own Gmail, Yahoo, or other…more

Chris Christie, Email, FOIA, Public Officials, Public Records

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CA Supreme Court Issues First Decision Extending FTC v. Actavis to State Antitrust Litigation

The California Supreme Court issued a decision today in the Cipro antitrust cases, concluding that the analysis set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis applies to alleged “pay-for-delay” pharmaceutical patent…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Bayer, CA Supreme Court, Cartwright Act

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U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance…more

Colleges, Consumer Lenders, Department of Education, Financial Aid, Higher Education Act

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Important Changes to Nevada's Non-Judicial Foreclosure Process

Lenders who secure loans with real property and their foreclosing trustees should be aware of important changes to the Nevada Revised Statutes regarding non-judicial foreclosures that went into effect on June 1, 2013…more

Borrowers, Deed of Trust, Foreclosure, Lenders, Mortgages

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Philadelphia Eliminates Tax-Exempt Recertification Requirement

Owners of tax-exempt property in the City of Philadelphia no longer need to worry about submitting recertification forms regarding the continued use of their property. On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill 150144,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Recertification, Tax Exemptions

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U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Guidance

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance package that reminds educational institutions of their responsibilities under Title IX. This guidance package, issued…more

Department of Education, New Guidance, OCR, Title IX

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Supreme Court’s Campaign Contribution Decision To Have Substantial Impact

Pundits have alternatively saluted and denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week striking down aggregate campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional. Few, however, have addressed the decision’s impact on states,…more

Campaign Finance Reform, Citizens United, McCutcheon v. FEC, SCOTUS

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Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations on Fiduciary Advice

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued long-awaited proposed regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement…more

Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard, Investment Adviser

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Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a settlement…more

Appeals, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Income Taxes

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CA Supreme Court Issues First Decision Extending FTC v. Actavis to State Antitrust Litigation

The California Supreme Court issued a decision today in the Cipro antitrust cases, concluding that the analysis set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis applies to alleged “pay-for-delay” pharmaceutical patent…more

Antitrust Litigation, Antitrust Provisions, Bayer, CA Supreme Court, Cartwright Act

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CFPB issues third servicemembers complaints report and suggests practices for handling servicemember accounts

The CFPB has issued its third snapshot of complaints received from servicemembers, veterans and their families (“servicemember complaints”). The report covers complaints received from July 21, 2011 through December 31, 2014. In…more

Best Practices, CFPB, Consumer Complaint System, Consumer Lenders, Enforcement Actions

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White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Advises Colleges on Working with Law Enforcement

In its April 2014 report, the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault promised to release a sample Memorandum of Understanding to provide guidance to institutions of higher education that wish to increase…more

Colleges, Obama Administration, Sexual Assault, Students, Universities

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OFCCP Announces Intent To Publish Updated Rules Prohibiting Sex Discrimination

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced its intent to update rules prohibiting sex discrimination by federal contractors and subcontractors. The OFCCP published a Notice of Proposed…more

DOL, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates, Executive Orders

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Right of Rescission Not Unlimited, Maryland Court of Appeals Holds

The timing and mechanics of rescinding a loan under the Truth and Lending Act (TILA) has been a hotly contested legal issue. As highlighted during the recent oral argument in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. before the…more

Appeals, Mortgages, Regulation Z, Rescission, TILA

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N.J. Supreme Court Adopts ‘ABC’ Test To Determine Independent Contractor Status

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision that could affect virtually every employer in the state that uses independent contractors as part of its workforce. In Hargrove v. Sleepy’s, LLC, the court…more

Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Independent Contractors, Wage and Hour

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DOL Extends FMLA Protection to Same-Sex Spouses

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a final rule amending its definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to extend FMLA protection to legally married employees with same-sex spouses,…more

DOL, DOMA, Employer Mandates, Final Rules, FMLA

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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FDA Issues Guidance on Mobile Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration’s recent guidance on mobile medical applications illustrates the FDA’s growing efforts to combat emerging cybersecurity issues that affect patient safety. The guidance, issued in February 2015,…more

Cybersecurity, Diagnostic Method, FDA, Mobile Apps, Mobile Medical Applications

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NY Attorney General Enters into Far-Reaching Settlement with Largest Credit Reporting Agencies

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office reached a landmark settlement with the nation’s three leading credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that will require them to significantly reform, among…more

Credit Reporting Agencies, Credit Reports, Equifax, Experian, Settlement

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and…more

Appeals, Appellate Review, DOJ, FCPA, Foreign Official

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Philadelphia Eliminates Tax-Exempt Recertification Requirement

Owners of tax-exempt property in the City of Philadelphia no longer need to worry about submitting recertification forms regarding the continued use of their property. On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill 150144,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Recertification, Tax Exemptions

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Philadelphia Eliminates Tax-Exempt Recertification Requirement

Owners of tax-exempt property in the City of Philadelphia no longer need to worry about submitting recertification forms regarding the continued use of their property. On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill 150144,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Recertification, Tax Exemptions

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Supreme Court Provides New Ammunition for Defeating Securities Fraud Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court today gave companies new ammunition to defeat securities fraud class actions. In Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, the Court held that defendants can, at the preliminary class certification stage, rebut…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Fraud, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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Major New Jersey Health System Pays $12.6 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit Alleging Physician Kickback Scheme

Federal prosecutors recently announced a $12.6 million False Claims Act (FCA) settlement with a major New Jersey health system to resolve allegations that the system paid outside physicians in order to increase referrals…more

Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance, False Claims Act, HHS, Kickbacks

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U.S. Supreme Court Delivers Important Ruling in Teva v. Sandoz Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction for patent cases, must give deference to a district court’s factual findings in claim construction…more

Claim Construction, Clear Error Standard, De Novo Standard of Review, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Patent Litigation

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No Need for Foreclosing Trustee To Record New Notice of Sale upon Third-Time Postponement, Nevada Supreme Court Holds

The Nevada Supreme Court recently interpreted a statute that governs the manner in which a foreclosing trustee can postpone a trustee’s sale. At issue was whether a trustee must record a new notice of sale upon orally postponing…more

Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, NV Supreme Court, Recording Requirements, Trustee Sales

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NLRB Issues Significant Decision on Faculty Unionization

The National Labor Relations Board (Board) recently ruled that it would assert jurisdiction over Pacific Lutheran University's (PLU’s) full-time contingent faculty members. In the context of a union's attempt to organize PLU's…more

Colleges, Faculty, Jurisdiction, NLRA, NLRB

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ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policies for Independent Chair and Equity Incentive Plan Proposals

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released for public comment its 2015 draft voting policies. The draft policies relate to two topics affecting the U.S. market: independent board chair shareholder proposals and…more

Board of Directors, Incentive Stock Options, ISS, Proxy Voting Guidelines, Public Comment

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New Internet Top-Level Domains Unveiled

Website domain names as we know them will look dramatically different now that the menu of Internet domain name suffixes is expanding. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently released the first…more

Brand, Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Registration

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Delaware Senate Upholds Ban on Fee-Shifting Provisions in Corporate Governing Documents

The Delaware Senate has passed a bill that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to prohibit Delaware stock-based companies from adopting bylaws or articles of incorporation that shift legal fees to the losing…more

Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting, New Legislation

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Step 1 Completed: Zoning Rewrite Approved by Montgomery County Council

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council approved the first restructuring of the Zoning Ordinance in more than 50 years. The much-debated legislation will be effective October 30, 2014, and it will create new zones for almost…more

Municipalities, Real Estate Market

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FTC and DOJ Shine the Spotlight on Conditional Pricing Practices

Signaling increased interest in conditional pricing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently held a one-day workshop to examine the economic, legal, and policy…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bundled Payments, Conditional Pricing, Customer-Loyalty Programs, DOJ

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Arizona Decision May Complicate Foreclosure and Eviction Process for Lenders

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision could create new complexities for lenders exercising their power of sale under a deed of trust. In Grady v. Superior Court of Maricopa County, the Court of Appeals sided with the…more

Deed of Trust, Eviction, Foreclosure, Lenders, Tenants

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First Circuit Ruling in Foreclosure Litigation May Help Lenders Facing HAMP-Related Claims

The law is well settled that borrowers do not have a direct right of action under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) against a lender that fails to offer a loan modification. A split of authority continues, however,…more

Foreclosure, HAMP, Mortgages

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Guidance Clarifies Preventive Care Requirements

Recent guidance issued jointly by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury clarifies how the Affordable Care Act's requirement to provide cost-free coverage for preventive care applies to…more

Affordable Care Act, DOL, Health Care Providers, Health Insurance, Healthcare

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DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service Valuation/Ratemaking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April…more

Climate Change, Cyber Threats, DOE, Energy Sector, FERC

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Using the New Markets Tax Credit to combat chronic homelessness

In 2011, USBCDC, one of the largest New Markets Tax Credit investors, used the credit to finance a facility for Blanchet House of Hospitality, a social services nonprofit that provides three-meals-per-day, clothing and temporary…more

Homeless Issues, Non-Profits, Tax Credits

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Alter Class Action Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case that could alter the landscape of federal class action litigation. Granting the defendant’s petition for certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, the Court will review (1)…more

Article III, Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Mootness, Rule 23

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HUD Notice has potential to encourage broad PHA renewable energy rollout

Housing authorities that are seeking alternate energy sources or new funding streams will be particularly interested in HUD’s latest PIH notice. It ushers in a number of programmatic changes in an effort to increase the use of…more

Energy Projects, HUD, Public Housing, Public Housing Authorities, Renewable Energy

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Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full…more

Condominiums, ILSA, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Transfers

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The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act…more

CFPB, Diversity, Dodd-Frank, Federal Contractors, OMWI

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New Montgomery County, Md., Legislation Further Regulating Community Associations

The Montgomery County Council has focused a lot of attention on the regulation of common ownership communities. Recently approved legislation mandates board member training and certification of payments of common ownership fees…more

Board of Directors, Common-Interest Communities, Local Ordinance, New Regulations

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CFPB issues final consolidated mortgage disclosure rule

Today, the CFPB issued its long-awaited final rule consolidating the application and closing disclosures required by the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act for mortgage loan transactions…more

CFPB, Mortgages, RESPA, TILA

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El Paso RAD transaction converting 1,590 units at 13 sites closes

On April 9, 2015, the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) and its development, private equity and lending partners closed Phase I of the largest Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) project in the country. Hunt…more

Finance Lenders, Freddie Mac, P3s, Private Equity, Public Housing Authorities

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Implications of a homeowner association’s statutory priming lien

While representing an institutional lender in the making of a loan secured by real property located in Colorado, we came across an increasingly relevant issue regarding properties subject to a homeowner association or similar…more

Condominium Associations, Condominiums, Liens, Mortgage Priority, Priority Debt

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Delaware Senate Upholds Ban on Fee-Shifting Provisions in Corporate Governing Documents

The Delaware Senate has passed a bill that would amend the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) to prohibit Delaware stock-based companies from adopting bylaws or articles of incorporation that shift legal fees to the losing…more

Bylaws, Delaware General Corporation Law, Fee-Shifting, New Legislation

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New York Agency’s Report Focuses on Data Vulnerability of Banks’ Third-Party Vendors

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently issued a report identifying common cybersecurity issues and concerns caused by the failure of some banks to sufficiently manage vulnerabilities posed by…more

Banks, Cybersecurity, Information Reports, NYDFS, Third-Party Service Provider

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Bankruptcy Trustees Target Colleges and Universities

Over the past few years, higher education institutions have seen an increase in litigation from an unexpected source: bankruptcy trustees. Trustees appointed in personal bankruptcy cases are seeking to claw back tuition payments…more

Clawbacks, Colleges, Consumer Bankruptcy, Educational Institutions, Tuition

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Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full…more

Condominiums, ILSA, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Transfers

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Federal Circuit Sides with USPTO in First Review of AIA Final Decision

For the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled on a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review proceeding, or IPR. In a 2-1 decision, the Federal…more

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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HUD announces proposed rule implementing expanded Violence Against Women Act protections

Last week, HUD has announced a proposed rule to implement protections arising under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2103 (VAWA). The reauthorization added a number of programs covered by VAWA, including..…more

Affordable Housing, HUD, Proposed Regulation, VAWA

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Philadelphia's Proposed Energy Reporting Regulations Expand Reach of Benchmarking Ordinance

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability issued proposed regulations on July 10, 2013, to implement Ordinance No. 120428-A – the City of Philadelphia’s recently enacted energy and water reporting or “benchmarking” ordinance…more

Air Pollution, Benchmarks, Energy Policy, Local Ordinance, Proposed Regulation

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IRS Approves New Rules To Minimize Taxes Related to M&A Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently adopted long-awaited regulations intended to provide a new means of minimizing taxes in M&A transactions. The newly adopted regulations take effect on May 15, 2013, under Section 336(e) of…more

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Maryland Governor Expected To Sign Transgender Equality Bill

This month, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (the Act). The Act prohibits discrimination against transgender individuals in employment, housing, and places of…more

Public Accommodation, Transgender

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FTC Challenges Privacy Self-Regulation Offered by TRUSTe

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced an enforcement action against TRUSTe, a provider of privacy certifications for online businesses. The settlement resolves allegations that TRUSTe deceived consumers about its…more

Certifications, Enforcement Actions, FTC, Privacy Policy

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SEC Challenges Employee Confidentiality Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it brought (and resolved) an enforcement action against a company for allegedly discouraging whistleblower complaints by requiring employees to sign…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Enforcement Actions, Internal Investigations, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), Rule 21F

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FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s tracking…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Mobile Privacy, Privacy Policy, Retailers

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Ballard Spahr Lawyers Turn Back Robinson Township Challenge to Waste-to-Energy Facility

Although some have suggested that Robinson Township, et al. v. Commonwealth, a 2013 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that struck down key provisions of a state law regulating the oil and gas industry, could impair development…more

Energy Projects, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, State and Local Government

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U.S. Mayors’ Group Recommends Ways To Improve Police-Community Relations

A U.S. Conference of Mayors working group, composed of mayors and police chiefs, recently issued a report titled Strengthening Police-Community Relations in America’s Cities. The report made two recommendations designed to…more

Community Relations, Conference of Mayors, Law Enforcement

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Federal Circuit Gives Little Guidance on Biosimilar Patent Validity Challenges

Recently, the Federal Circuit had the opportunity to issue its first decision relating to biosimilars patent litigation and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) procedures. Instead, the court…more

Appeals, Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Patent Infringement

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USPTO Clarifies Standard for Review of Financial Services Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may have given banks, financial institutions, and retailers more access to a powerful new tool to fight weak patents. A recent Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) decision…more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, Standard of Review, USPTO

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No Arbitration Where Employer Was Unable To Authenticate Employee's Electronic Signature on Arbitration Agreement

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently affirmed an order denying a petition to compel arbitration where the employer failed to present sufficient evidence that the employee electronically signed an arbitration…more

Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Authentication, E-Signatures

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Trade groups urge CFPB to solicit public comments on arbitration study

Five leading financial services industry trade groups have sent a letter to the CFPB urging it to solicit public comments on the final results of its arbitration study before deciding whether to initiate a rulemaking proceeding…more

American Bankers Association, Arbitration, CFPB, Chamber of Commerce, Debt Collection

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New York Grand Jury Indicts 12 Online Payday Lenders and 3 Individuals

In a shot across the bow of online payday lenders who allegedly disregard state law where their borrowers reside, a New York County grand jury recently voted a criminal usury and conspiracy indictment against 12 companies…more

Conspiracies, Grand Juries, Lenders, Payday Loans, Usury

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Texas Supreme Court: Discount Points are Subject to Fee Cap for Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit

In a decision that likely will have a dampening effect on the home equity lending market in Texas, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on June 21, 2013, that lenders are prohibited from treating discount points and lender fees as…more

Fees, Foreclosure, Home Equity, Home Equity Line of Credit, Homestead Exemption

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New Montgomery County, Md., Legislation Further Regulating Community Associations

The Montgomery County Council has focused a lot of attention on the regulation of common ownership communities. Recently approved legislation mandates board member training and certification of payments of common ownership fees…more

Board of Directors, Common-Interest Communities, Local Ordinance, New Regulations

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No Need for Foreclosing Trustee To Record New Notice of Sale upon Third-Time Postponement, Nevada Supreme Court Holds

The Nevada Supreme Court recently interpreted a statute that governs the manner in which a foreclosing trustee can postpone a trustee’s sale. At issue was whether a trustee must record a new notice of sale upon orally postponing…more

Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, NV Supreme Court, Recording Requirements, Trustee Sales

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Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff credentials…more

Cybersecurity, Payroll Records, Phishing Scams, Popular, Universities

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ISS Releases 2015 Draft Voting Policies for Independent Chair and Equity Incentive Plan Proposals

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released for public comment its 2015 draft voting policies. The draft policies relate to two topics affecting the U.S. market: independent board chair shareholder proposals and…more

Board of Directors, Incentive Stock Options, ISS, Proxy Voting Guidelines, Public Comment

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Proposed IRS Regulations Address Community Health Needs Assessment for Tax-Exempt Hospitals

The IRS has recently proposed regulations affecting tax-exempt hospitals that provide guidance and comfort about the consequences of failing to meet the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirement. …more

Affordable Care Act, CHNA, Healthcare, Hospitals, IRS

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Supreme Court Ruling on Employee’s Lawsuit Will Also Affect Rule 23 Class Action Cases

In a decision that has broad implications beyond its labor law context, the U.S. Supreme Court held on April 16, 2013, that an employee plaintiff in a collective action whose individual claim was mooted by her employer’s offer…more

Class Action, Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis HealthCare, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk

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FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted two declaratory rulings that eased some standards for complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) consent requirements regarding informational text…more

Consent, FCC, TCPA, Texting

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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Court Finds Attorney-Client Privilege Did Not Protect Antitrust Policy Disclosure

For the first time within the Third Circuit, a court has added to the handful of decisions holding that the attorney-client privilege does not shield an antitrust compliance policy from disclosure in antitrust litigation. In In…more

Antitrust Litigation, Attorney-Client Privilege, Chief Compliance Officers

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President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the…more

Department of Transportation, Infrastructure, P3s, Public Transit, Public-Private Partnerships

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New Montgomery County, Md., Legislation Further Regulating Community Associations

The Montgomery County Council has focused a lot of attention on the regulation of common ownership communities. Recently approved legislation mandates board member training and certification of payments of common ownership fees…more

Board of Directors, Common-Interest Communities, Local Ordinance, New Regulations

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Comments requested regarding proposed guidance on the Community Reinvestment Act

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are the federal agencies that implement the Community Reinvestment Act…more

Community Reinvestment Act, FDIC, Federal Reserve, OCC, U.S. Treasury

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In ERISA Stock Drop Case, Supreme Court Giveth and Taketh Away on Moench Presumption

The U.S. Supreme Court recently eviscerated a key protection against stock drop lawsuits filed by participants in defined contribution plans that hold employer stock as an investment. In Fifth Third Bancorp et al. v…more

ERISA, ESOP, Fiduciary Duty, FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer, Fifth Third Mortgage Company

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Federal Circuit Gives Little Guidance on Biosimilar Patent Validity Challenges

Recently, the Federal Circuit had the opportunity to issue its first decision relating to biosimilars patent litigation and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA) procedures. Instead, the court…more

Appeals, Biosimilars, BPCIA, FDA, Patent Infringement

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U.S. Department of Education Releases New Title IX Guidance

On April 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a guidance package that reminds educational institutions of their responsibilities under Title IX. This guidance package, issued…more

Department of Education, New Guidance, OCR, Title IX

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Renewed interest in Mortgage Credit Certificate programs

Section 25 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) permits issuers of tax-exempt qualified mortgage revenue bonds to elect to issue mortgage credit certificates (MCCs) to eligible homebuyers in lieu of offering mortgages financed…more

Ginnie Mae, IRC, Mortgage Interest, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Tax Credits

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Prepayment of tax-exempt bonds in connection with the sale of a multifamily housing project

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of multifamily housing projects being sold at the completion of the 15-year low-income housing tax credit compliance period. Strong rental demand in many areas of the…more

LIHTC, Multi-Family Development, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Investments, Tax-Exempt Bonds

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Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and…more

Appeals, Appellate Review, DOJ, FCPA, Foreign Official

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Labor Department’s Interpretation of Overtime Rules for Mortgage Loan Officers

We know that many of you are aware of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association. The Court held that the U.S. Department of Labor was not required to follow notice and comment procedures in…more

Employer Liability Issues, Exempt-Employees, FLSA, Mortgage Loan Officer, Perez v Mortage Bankers Assoc

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Bill Would Create New Category of Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Credits for P3 Projects

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking minority member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, introduced legislation entitled the "Move America Act of 2015," which…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Proposed Legislation, Public-Private Partnerships, Senate Finance Committee

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SEC Muni Enforcement Chief Offers Her Views on MCDC

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) year-old Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative or MCDC) has encouraged municipal securities issuers, borrowers, and underwriters to…more

Municipal Securities Issuers, Offering Documents, SEC

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Federal Agencies Issue Final Rule on Standards for Appraisal Management Companies

The CFPB along with five other federal agencies have issued a final rule that establishes minimum state registration and substantive requirements for appraisal management companies (AMCs), as required by Section 1473 of the…more

Appraisal Management Companies, Banking Sector, CFPB, Dodd-Frank, FFIEC

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Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full…more

Condominiums, ILSA, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Transfers

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CFPB Holds a Field Hearing on Student Loan Servicing Issues

On May 14th, the same day that the CFPB launched a public inquiry into student loan servicing loan practices (the “Request for Information”), the CFPB held a public field hearing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to address issues with…more

CFPB, Department of Education, Public Meetings, Request For Information, Student Loans

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Alter Class Action Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case that could alter the landscape of federal class action litigation. Granting the defendant’s petition for certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, the Court will review (1)…more

Article III, Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Mootness, Rule 23

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The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act…more

CFPB, Diversity, Dodd-Frank, Federal Contractors, OMWI

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Vassar College Prevails in Respondent’s Title IX Lawsuit

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted summary judgment to Vassar College in a case brought by a former student accused of sexual assault. The plaintiff alleged that Vassar violated Title IX and various…more

Educational Institutions, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Summary Judgment, Title IX

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EEOC Must Fulfill Conciliation Requirement before Suing

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 30 released its opinion in Mach Mining, LLC v. EEOC, stating that federal courts had the authority to review whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) fulfilled its duty to…more

Charge Notices, Conciliation, Discrimination, Judicial Review, Mach Mining v EEOC

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Affordable, small, and manufactured housing loans prioritized as GSEs approach volume caps

The government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have announced that they are quickly approaching their 2015 volume caps. In January of this year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), who regulates…more

Affordable Housing, Fannie Mae, FHFA, Freddie Mac, Mortgage Lenders

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CFPB Holds Field Hearing On Arbitration Report

On March 10th, the CFPB held a public field hearing in Newark, New Jersey to address the release of its arbitration report to Congress. The event featured opening remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as commentary from…more

Arbitration, CFPB

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Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam…more

CFPA, Consent Order, Debt-Relief Industry, Dodd-Frank, Homeowners

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Shelby regulatory relief bill would create GLBA annual privacy notice exception

In addition to the numerous mortgage-related provisions in Senator Shelby’s regulatory reform bill entitled the “Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015,” the bill contains a provision directed at the annual financial…more

Financial Institutions, Financial Regulatory Reform, Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act, Pending Legislation, Privacy Notice Rule

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Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations on Fiduciary Advice

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued long-awaited proposed regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement…more

Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard, Investment Adviser

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Dismissal of Retained Asset Account Putative Class Action Upheld by Third Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed summary judgment in favor of The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in a putative class action. In Edmonson v. Lincoln National Life Ins. Co. the plaintiff…more

Class Action, ERISA, Insurance Companies, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Retained Asset Accounts

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California Federal Court Rules ‘No Surcharge’ Law Unconstitutional

A federal district court in California has ruled that a state law prohibiting retailers from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases placed an unconstitutional restriction on the retailers’ freedom of speech and is…more

Commercial Speech, Credit Card Surcharges, Credit Cards, First Amendment, Retailers

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New Maryland State Income Tax Credit for Small Commercial Projects

The owners of small commercial properties in Maryland historic districts should take note of the Maryland Sustainable Communities Small Commercial Tax Credit, a new state income tax credit that may be available to them as of…more

Commercial Property Owners, Commercial Real Estate Market, Historic Preservation, Tax Credits

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HUD publishes update to Section 3 regulation in the Federal Register

As an update to our blog of last week, HUD published a new notice that updates the interim regulation at 24 CFR Part 135, which provides for compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (Section 3)…more

HUD, Public Comment, Section 3

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NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says

A recent California federal court decision has further lifted the thumb on the scales that has historically benefited collegiate athletics in weighing whether their association rules violate the federal antitrust laws…more

Antitrust Provisions, College Athletes, Colleges, Corporate Counsel, Injunctions

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Voluntary Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Does Not Entitle Borrower To Attorneys’ Fees, Florida Court Rules

The voluntary dismissal of a foreclosure action pursuant to a settlement agreement does not make the borrower the “prevailing party” for purposes of a motion for attorneys’ fees, the Florida Court of Appeals has ruled. The…more

Attorney's Fees, Dismissals, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages

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Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Authority To Impose Time Limitations on Land Use Approvals for Wireless Facilities

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had authority under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to impose time limits for state and local governments to act on…more

Chevron, FCC, Preemption, SCOTUS, Telecommunications

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CFPB Supervisory Report Highlights Violations in Debt Collection, Consumer Reporting, Mortgage Origination, and Fair Lending

In its Winter 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between July and December 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau highlights legal violations resolved using non-public…more

CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Enforcement Statistics, Supervisory Highlights

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CFPB issues request for information regarding student loan servicing and re-launches its “Repay Student Debt” tool

Consistent with its continued focus on student lending, the CFPB issued a new request for information regarding student loan servicing. The request for information seeks input from the public regarding all aspects of student…more

CFPB, Loan Servicing, Public Comment, Request For Information, Student Loans

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SEC Muni Enforcement Chief Offers Her Views on MCDC

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) year-old Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative or MCDC) has encouraged municipal securities issuers, borrowers, and underwriters to…more

Municipal Securities Issuers, Offering Documents, SEC

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Who Is a ‘Foreign Official’ under the FCPA? Eleventh Circuit Weighs In

Providing appellate guidance for the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit interpreted a key term defining the types of “foreign officials” subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and…more

Appeals, Appellate Review, DOJ, FCPA, Foreign Official

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Changes to Pa. Power of Attorney Law: A Problem for Commercial Transactions

Secured lenders and other parties entering into commercial transactions face new, potentially problematic requirements under recent changes to Pennsylvania’s statute governing powers of attorney (20 Pa.C.S.A. Ch. 56), which…more

Amended Regulation, Commercial Loans, Power of Attorney, Secured Lenders

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OCC Updates Consumer Compliance Examination Manual To Incorporate Integrated Disclosures

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has released revised TILA and RESPA chapters of its examination manual for consumer compliance exams. The revised chapters incorporate the detailed procedural and substantive…more

Examination Manual, OCC, RESPA, TILA, TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID)

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Colorado Legislature Tries Again on Construction-Related Litigation Reform

As the Colorado Legislature begins its 2015 session, construction defect reform legislation is again at the fore. Senate Bill 177 was introduced on February 10 in an effort to spur condominium projects by providing developers…more

Class Action, Condominiums, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Homeowners' Association

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Overview of Fannie Mae Legal Issues Forum – Spring 2014

On April 24,2014, Fannie Mae hosted its semi-annual Legal Issues Forum (“LIF”) where the state of the multifamily finance market and recent developments in its multifamily program were the primary topics of discussion. This…more

Fannie Mae, Mortgages

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Speed of Pharmaceutical Innovation at Stake in N.Y. Antitrust Lawsuit

A pharmaceutical firm’s ability to efficiently produce and promote a better treatment for Alzheimer’s disease lies at the center of an antitrust lawsuit pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In State…more

Actavis Inc., Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Generic Drugs, Injunctions

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The CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals: our thoughts on collection practice limits

This is the last of a series of blog posts in which we share our reactions to the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”). In this blog post, we share our…more

Ability-to-Repay, CFPB, Consumer Financial Products, Consumer Lenders, Debt Collection

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Supreme Court’s Campaign Contribution Decision To Have Substantial Impact

Pundits have alternatively saluted and denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week striking down aggregate campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional. Few, however, have addressed the decision’s impact on states,…more

Campaign Finance Reform, Citizens United, McCutcheon v. FEC, SCOTUS

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Alter Class Action Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case that could alter the landscape of federal class action litigation. Granting the defendant’s petition for certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, the Court will review (1)…more

Article III, Campbell Ewald v Gomez, Class Action, Mootness, Rule 23

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Internet of Things: Federal Agencies Offer Privacy and Data Security Best Practices

The recently released Federal Trade Commission staff report, Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World, provides companies with insight into the FTC's consumer privacy and data security expectations for the…more

Best Practices, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, FTC, Internet

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Clarity May Finally Arrive in the District of Columbia for Lenders and Title Insurers

In response to the concerns of lenders and title insurers, the District of Columbia recently enacted clarifying legislation to amend the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (the Act). The Act went…more

Foreclosure, Mortgages, Title Insurance

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Clarity May Finally Arrive in the District of Columbia for Lenders and Title Insurers

In response to the concerns of lenders and title insurers, the District of Columbia recently enacted clarifying legislation to amend the Saving D.C. Homes from Foreclosure Emergency Amendment Act of 2010 (the Act). The Act went…more

Foreclosure, Mortgages, Title Insurance

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N.J. Eliminates Customer Data Collection Requirements for Gift Card Retailers, Issuers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law an amendment to the state’s unclaimed property law—S.B. 2235—that eliminated its consumer data collection requirements. In doing so, Governor Christie relieved a significant…more

Amended Legislation, Chris Christie, Data Collection, Gift-Cards, Retailers

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Developer May Not Extinguish Contractor’s Liens by Foreclosing on Its Own Mortgage, Florida Court Holds

A Florida appellate court recently rejected a real estate developer’s creative effort to shed its property of contractor’s liens. The court applied the venerable principal of mortgage law that a borrower may not extinguish…more

Construction Liens, Contractors, Foreclosure, Liens, Mortgages

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High-Speed Trader Indicted for ‘Spoofing’

A federal grand jury in Chicago recently indicted high-frequency trader Michael J. Coscia for “spoofing,” making it the first criminal case ever brought under the Dodd-Frank Act’s rules against disruptive trading practices…more

CFTC, Consent Order, Criminal Prosecution, Disruptive Trading Practices, Dodd-Frank

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Another Agency Adopts the Uniform State Test

Another state agency has announced that it will be adopting the new national MLO test with the Uniform State Content. The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking will adopt the test effective…more

MLO Licenses

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Obama’s Proposed 2016 Budget Seeks To Address Infrastructure Needs

The Obama administration's proposed 2016 budget, released on February 2, 2015, reflects the administration's commitment to finding ways to finance the country’s growing infrastructure requirements. The 2016 budget includes many…more

Bond Financing, Bonds, Educational Institutions, Federal Budget, Infrastructure

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Pennsylvania Amends Mechanics’ Lien Law To Create Online State Construction Notices Directory

The Pennsylvania Legislature recently passed, and Governor Tom Corbett signed into law, Act 142 amending the Mechanics’ Lien Law of 1963 to create the State Construction Notices Directory. The Directory, which is slated to…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Liens, Mechanics Lien, Notice Requirements

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New P3 Legislation To Take Effect in Washington, D.C.

A new law intended to encourage more widespread use of public-private partnerships (P3s) in the District of Columbia is set to become a reality in the coming weeks. The Public-Private Partnership Act of 2014 (P3 Act) was…more

Local Ordinance, New Legislation, P3s, Public Procurement Policies, Public Projects

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Proposed MLA expansion cleared to move forward

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee removed language from the draft Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed the finalization of rules proposed by the Department of Defense that would…more

Financial Services Industry, Military Lending Act, Military Service Members, NDAA, Proposed Regulation

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Voluntary Dismissal of Foreclosure Action Does Not Entitle Borrower To Attorneys’ Fees, Florida Court Rules

The voluntary dismissal of a foreclosure action pursuant to a settlement agreement does not make the borrower the “prevailing party” for purposes of a motion for attorneys’ fees, the Florida Court of Appeals has ruled. The…more

Attorney's Fees, Dismissals, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgages

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Federal Circuit Sides with USPTO in First Review of AIA Final Decision

For the first time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled on a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review proceeding, or IPR. In a 2-1 decision, the Federal…more

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Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam…more

CFPA, Consent Order, Debt-Relief Industry, Dodd-Frank, Homeowners

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DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review: Implications for Electricity Storage, Federal Resource Agency Approvals, and Grid Service Valuation/Ratemaking

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released the first Quadrennial Energy Review (Review), a document offering a variety of proposals designed to modernize the nation's energy infrastructure. The Review, released on April…more

Climate Change, Cyber Threats, DOE, Energy Sector, FERC

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Insights from the executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Our Ninth Annual National Housing Symposium successfully brought together a rich panorama of perspectives across the affordable housing industry. Laura Green Zeilinger, the Executive Director for the United States Interagency…more

Affordable Housing, Department of Veterans Affairs, Homeless Issues, HUD

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Implications of a homeowner association’s statutory priming lien

While representing an institutional lender in the making of a loan secured by real property located in Colorado, we came across an increasingly relevant issue regarding properties subject to a homeowner association or similar…more

Condominium Associations, Condominiums, Liens, Mortgage Priority, Priority Debt

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Obama Signs Hydropower Bills Designed To Help Reduce Red Tape

President Obama recently signed two bills into law that are designed to encourage the development of hydroelectric projects, especially certain types with a lower environmental impact…more

Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, FERC, Hydropower

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Deadlines for Pennsylvania Real Property Tax Appeals

In view of current market conditions, now is a good time to review your company’s real estate portfolio to consider assessment appeals for tax year 2014…more

Appeals, Deadlines, Property Tax

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U.S. Supreme Court hears disparate impact case

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case which questioned whether the Fair Housing Act (FHA) allows for a disparate impact theory of liability. The disparate impact theory of liability is one in which a…more

Age Discrimination, DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project, Disparate Impact, FHA, HUD

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Philadelphia Eliminates Tax-Exempt Recertification Requirement

Owners of tax-exempt property in the City of Philadelphia no longer need to worry about submitting recertification forms regarding the continued use of their property. On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill 150144,…more

Municipalities, Property Owners, Recertification, Tax Exemptions

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More ADA Enforcement – Effective Communication Requirements for Service Providers

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice and Franciscan St. James Health (St. James), a nonprofit health care system providing comprehensive health care at hospitals in Illinois, settled a lawsuit alleging that St. James…more

ADA, DOJ, Enforcement Actions, Healthcare, Hospitals

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SEC Challenges Employee Confidentiality Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it brought (and resolved) an enforcement action against a company for allegedly discouraging whistleblower complaints by requiring employees to sign…more

Confidentiality Agreements, Enforcement Actions, Internal Investigations, KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root), Rule 21F

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Thousands of applicants are willing to accept NYC “Poor Door” building

The Housing Plus Blog has previously reported on the “Poor Door” controversy on August 14, 2014 and September 3, 2014. The New York Times reported on April 20, 2015 that 88,000 people applied for the 55 units located in the much…more

Affordable Housing, Condominiums, Housing Market, Real Estate Development, Residential Leases

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The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act…more

CFPB, Diversity, Dodd-Frank, Federal Contractors, OMWI

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The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act…more

CFPB, Diversity, Dodd-Frank, Federal Contractors, OMWI

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SEC Muni Enforcement Chief Offers Her Views on MCDC

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) year-old Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (MCDC Initiative or MCDC) has encouraged municipal securities issuers, borrowers, and underwriters to…more

Municipal Securities Issuers, Offering Documents, SEC

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U.S. Supreme Court Notice, Comment Not Required for Federal Agencies Interpreting Regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association that federal agencies are not required to use the Administrative Procedure Act's (APA) notice and comment procedures when issuing or making changes to rules…more

Administrative Procedure Act, DOL, FLSA, Mortgage Bankers Association, Mortgage Loan Officer

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Prosecutors Strike Out on Barry Bonds as Ninth Circuit Narrows Obstruction Strike Zone

The indictment and trial of famed baseball slugger Barry Bonds for perjury and obstruction of justice drew nationwide attention. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ April 22, 2015, en banc decision reversing Bonds’ obstruction…more

Barry Bonds, En Banc Review, Government Investigations, Obstruction of Justice, Young Lawyers

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TaxAble: Tax Tips You Ought To Know

A person has phantom income when she or he has taxable income, but does not receive an equal amount of cash. Phantom income is generally dreaded by taxpayers and tax advisers alike. Yet, it occurs surprisingly frequently in many…more

Business Taxes, Phantom Income

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NLRB Rules Workers Have Right To Use Employer E-mail for Organizing Activity, Reversing Precedent

In a closely watched decision, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) ruled today that workers must be permitted to use their employers’ e-mail systems for union organizing activity and all other communications about…more

Email, NLRB, Purple Communications, Unions

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President Announces New Build America Initiatives; Introduces New Type of Municipal Bond

President Obama recently announced the latest steps federal agencies are taking to better incorporate private sector capital and expertise in improving the nation’s infrastructure. The announcement comes six months after the…more

Barack Obama, Build America Investment Initiative, Infrastructure, Municipal Advisers, Municipal Bonds

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Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States and…more

ADA, Ebola, Employer Liability Issues, FMLA, Title VII

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Suit Challenging Constitutionality of CFPB Fails for Lack-of-Standing and Other Procedural Defects, D.C. Circuit Holds; Morgan Drexen files for Bankruptcy

Last week, in Morgan Drexen, Inc. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a divided panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of an action challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB. The court did not…more

Appeals, CFPA, CFPB, Chapter 7, Commercial Bankruptcy

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Ballard Spahr Attorneys Weigh in on Lawsuit Alleging Collection of Illegal Finder's Fees

Last month, Ballard Spahr attorneys Gary C. Tepper and Daniel J. Tobin filed an amicus brief for the Mortgage Bankers Association in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Petry et al. v. Prosperity Mortgage Co., et…more

Class Action, Finder's Fees, Lenders, Mortgages, Wells Fargo

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Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations on Fiduciary Advice

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued long-awaited proposed regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement…more

Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Standard, Investment Adviser

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SEC Issues No-Action Letter on Internet-Based ‘Road Shows’

The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a “no-action” letter relating to a provider of electronic-based “road shows.” The SEC stated in the letter, issued on January 29, 2013, that such presentations to retail…more

Municipal Securities Market, No-Action Letters, Road Shows, SEC, Securities Exchange Act

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Rental Housing Mistake Limited the Number of Children at Properties

Recently, managers of rental homes settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after the managers discriminated against a woman with several children by unlawfully denying housing to the family…more

Discrimination, DOJ, Fair Housing Act, HUD, Recordkeeping Requirements

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OCC Updated Examiner Guidance Includes New Overdraft Protection Program Requirements

In updated examiner guidance and examination procedures issued last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) directs its examiners to assess whether the overdraft protection and other deposit-related consumer…more

Banking Sector, Banks, Depository Institutions, Guidance Update, OCC

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Bill Would Create New Category of Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Credits for P3 Projects

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking minority member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, introduced legislation entitled the "Move America Act of 2015," which…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Proposed Legislation, Public-Private Partnerships, Senate Finance Committee

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Ballard Spahr Lawyers Turn Back Robinson Township Challenge to Waste-to-Energy Facility

Although some have suggested that Robinson Township, et al. v. Commonwealth, a 2013 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that struck down key provisions of a state law regulating the oil and gas industry, could impair development…more

Energy Projects, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energy, State and Local Government

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FTC and DOJ Shine the Spotlight on Conditional Pricing Practices

Signaling increased interest in conditional pricing, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently held a one-day workshop to examine the economic, legal, and policy…more

Antitrust Provisions, Bundled Payments, Conditional Pricing, Customer-Loyalty Programs, DOJ

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HUD adopts updated standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

Construction SignHUD’s Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration’s adoption of a new technical standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (“Phase I ESA”) took effect on May 16, 2014…more

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Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam…more

CFPA, Consent Order, Debt-Relief Industry, Dodd-Frank, Homeowners

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Recent NLRB Grad Student Union Decisions Suggest Interest in Reviewing Brown University

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently released two unpublished decisions that boosted unionization efforts by teaching and research assistants at private universities. The decisions, issued on March 13, 2015, could…more

Brown University, NLRB, Students, Unions, Universities

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Seventh Circuit Clarifies “Date of Receipt” of Online Mortgage Payment

In a recent putative class action by borrowers against a mortgage servicer alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that mortgage servicers must credit electronic…more

Borrowers, Electronic Payment Transactions, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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Recent Nevada Supreme Court Opinions Impact Deficiency Actions

The Nevada Supreme Court recently issued two significant opinions that impact deficiency judgment actions in Nevada, and is preparing to issue a third. In Munoz v. Branch Banking and Trust Company, Inc., the Court held that…more

Assignments, Banking Sector, Court-Appointed Receivers, Deficiency Judgments, FIRREA

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Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee training…more

Automatic Stay, Consumer Bankruptcy, Electronic Fund Transfer Act, Risk Management

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USPTO Clarifies Standard for Review of Financial Services Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may have given banks, financial institutions, and retailers more access to a powerful new tool to fight weak patents. A recent Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) decision…more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, Standard of Review, USPTO

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Bill Would Create New Category of Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Credits for P3 Projects

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking minority member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, introduced legislation entitled the "Move America Act of 2015," which…more

Infrastructure, P3s, Proposed Legislation, Public-Private Partnerships, Senate Finance Committee

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NJ Federal Court Confirms: No Consumer Fraud Claims For Product ‘Harm’

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has once again confirmed a recent trend in consumer fraud class actions based on product liability claims: if the essence of the claim is harm caused by an allegedly…more

Class Action, Fraud, Product Defects

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Ballard Spahr’s National Housing Symposium goes beyond the horizon

Yesterday Ballard Spahr held its 9th annual National Housing Symposium in Washington, D.C.. The theme of the Symposium was “Beyond the Horizon: Housing and Community Development Strategies for the Future”. Government officials,…more

Affordable Housing, EB-5, Housing Market, LIHTC, Public Housing

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California Federal Court Decertifies Second Damages Class in as Many Months

For the second time in as many months, the Northern District of California has decertified a damages class in a food labeling class action because the plaintiff’s damages model was incapable of measuring only those damages…more

Blue Diamond Growers, Class Action, Decertify, Dole Food

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Seventh Circuit Clarifies “Date of Receipt” of Online Mortgage Payment

In a recent putative class action by borrowers against a mortgage servicer alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found that mortgage servicers must credit electronic…more

Borrowers, Electronic Payment Transactions, Mortgage Lenders, Mortgage Servicers, Mortgages

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Court Upholds Constitutionality of Pennsylvania Recording Statute

A class action suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) in Pennsylvania will go forward after a federal district court ruled that the state recording statute is constitutional. The court ruled that the…more

Class Action, MERS, Real Estate Transfers, Recording Requirements

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Pa. Supreme Court Rules Key Oil and Gas Law Unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week struck down provisions of a state law known as Act 13, ruling that municipalities retain the right to enact stricter zoning controls on the oil and gas industry than those established by…more

Environmental Policies, Municipalities, Oil & Gas

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Investment Management Update

OCIE Announces 2015 Priorities - The SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently announced its selected list of 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers, and…more

Broker-Dealer, Examination Priorities, Investment Adviser, Investors, OCIE

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Only Original Purchasers May Recover Damages for Breach of the Builder’s Implied Warranty of Habitability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a builder’s implied warranty of habitability extends only to the initial buyer of a home, and not to subsequent purchasers. In Conway v. The Cutler Group, Inc., the Court reversed an…more

Buyers, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Industry, Contract Disputes

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Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a settlement…more

Appeals, Debt Collectors, FDCPA, Income Taxes

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Enhance Diversity & Inclusion Efforts in Four Areas CFPB, Audit Recommends

Last week, the Office of Inspector General published its findings following an audit assessing the CFPB’s human resources-related operations and other efforts for equal employment. The audit, which was conducted in response to a…more

CFPB, Diversity, Public Employees, Working Groups

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Maryland Passes P3 Legislation

Legislation encouraging the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) to address Maryland’s growing infrastructure needs has been passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor O’Malley with bipartisan support…more

Infrastructure, New Legislation, P3s, Public-Private Partnerships

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Condominium Unit Sales Exemptions and Compliance under ILSA Requirements

As discussed in Ballard Spahr’s previous alert sent on September 24, 2014, effective March 25, 2015, the sale of condominium units will no longer be subject to the registration requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full…more

Condominiums, ILSA, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Transfers

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Changes to Pa. Power of Attorney Law: A Problem for Commercial Transactions

Secured lenders and other parties entering into commercial transactions face new, potentially problematic requirements under recent changes to Pennsylvania’s statute governing powers of attorney (20 Pa.C.S.A. Ch. 56), which…more

Amended Regulation, Commercial Loans, Power of Attorney, Secured Lenders

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Getting In: Preparation and Delivery of Leased Premises

The condition of the premises upon delivery is often one of the most important parts of the lease negotiation. The lease provisions addressing this issue are often contained in an exhibit or schedule to the lease, or a separate…more

Contract Drafting, Landlords, Leases, Rent, Repairs

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FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s tracking…more

FTC, Mobile Devices, Mobile Privacy, Privacy Policy, Retailers

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New California Landlord Disclosure Requirements Effective July 1

Two new landlord disclosure requirements become effective in California on July 1, 2013. One requires that all new commercial leases state whether the property has been inspected for disability access—and if so, the results. The…more

Certified Access Specialists, Commercial Leases, Compliance, Disability, Disclosure Requirements

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge to California Decision that PAGA Claims Cannot be Waived in Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari that challenged a California Supreme Court decision carving out an exception to the federal high court’s recent holdings in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and…more

American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, AT&T Mobility v Concepcion, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Clery Act Changes Published; OCR Resolves Transgender Complaint

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published in the Federal Register the final rule implementing changes to the Clery Act under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). In another recent USDOE…more

Clery Act, Department of Education, Employer Liability Issues, OCR, Transgender

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