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Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599, United States
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CFPB proposes revisions to HMDA final rule

On April 13, 2017, the CFPB proposed substantive changes and technical corrections to the 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Final Rule (Final Rule) amending Regulation C. The proposal, which is discussed in more detail…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Announcement of new reporting tool for money service businesses by state regulators highlights fintech companies

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors issued a press release this week in which it announced the April 1 release of a new tool within the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) to streamline reporting by money services…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

House to hold April 26 hearing on revised Financial CHOICE Act

The House Financial Services Committee announced that it will hold a hearing on April 26, 2017 to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act.  It also released a discussion draft of a revised version of the bill…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Business Tax Reform – the Current State of Play

President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform of large tax cuts for businesses. With President Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and Senate, does it mean businesses can…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Taxation

Recent MRB Administrative Actions Highlight that Minutiae Matters to HUD

On April 4, 2017, the Mortgagee Review Board (MRB) of the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published an entry in the Federal Register titled "Mortgagee Review Board: Administrative Actions." The entry…more
 /  Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

FTC announces streamlining initiatives

The FTC issued a press release earlier this week in which it stated that it is “moving aggressively to implement Presidential directives aimed at eliminating wasteful, unnecessary regulations and processes.”…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB adopts changes to ex parte policy

The CFPB has adopted changes to its “Policy on Ex Parte Presentations in Rulemaking Proceedings,” which generally requires anyone who communicates with the CFPB about a pending rulemaking to submit a written copy of the…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB identifies 2017 priorities in annual fair lending report

In its new annual report covering its fair lending activities during 2016, the CFPB identifies the following three areas on which it “will increase our focus” in 2017..…more
 /  Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

HHS Finalizes Health Insurance Market Stabilization Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized regulations designed to help stabilize the individual and small group health insurance markets and, in particular, the health insurance exchanges established…more
 /  Health, Labor & Employment Law

New Mexico Becomes 48th State to Enact Data Breach Notification Law

New Mexico recently became the 48th state to enact a data breach notification law. This continues the accelerated pace of state data breach legislative activity in the last two years. Since 2015, at least 41 states have…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray…more
 /  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Secretary DeVos withdraws Dept. of Education’s policy direction for student loan servicing

In a memorandum issued last week, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew various memoranda issued by the Obama Administration ED Secretary and the ED’s Financial Student Aid Division (FSA) that provided…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking

OCC Publishes New “Retail Lending” Booklet

Last week the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published a “Retail Lending” booklet, a new addition to the Safety and Soundness Asset Quality category of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which discusses the risks associated…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking

Additional CHOICE Act changes proposed by Chairman Hensarling would further reduce CFPB’s power

On February 6, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Hensarling circulated a memorandum to the House Financial Services Committee Leadership Team describing key revisions to the Financial Choice Act. Last week, he issued…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago session – 25% discount available

The second presentation of the 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place in Chicago on May 4-5, 2017. I am co-chairing the event, as I have for the past 21…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking
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