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CFPB releases Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has released its Spring 2016 rulemaking agenda. The agenda sets the following timetables for key rulemaking initiatives: Arbitration. The Spring 2016 agenda does not reflect the CFPB’s release of its proposed…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB launches Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts

The CFPB recently announced that it has launched official Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The CFPB previously launched a Spanish-language website and recently updated the translations on the “Ask CFPB” feature…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

The CFPB’s auto title loan report: last step to a payday/title loan proposal?

The CFPB has issued a new report entitled “Single-Payment Vehicle Title Lending,” summarizing data on single-payment auto title loans. The latest report is the fourth report issued by the CFPB in connection with its anticipated…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB schedules June 2 field hearing on small dollar lending

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing on small dollar lending in Kansas City, Missouri on June 2, 2016. We anticipate the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of its proposed rule which is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB issues guidance on deposit reconciliation practices

The CFPB and four other agencies have issued “Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices.”  The other agencies are the OCC, Fed, FDIC, and NCUA.  The guidance is intended to set forth the agencies’…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

OCC to hold forum on financial innovation

In his April 2016 appearance before the Senate Banking Committee, Director Cordray made clear that FinTech companies are on the CFPB’s radar screen. In particular, he indicated that while FinTech companies should not have an…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

The FLSA’s New Overtime Rule Is Here - Higher Ed Applications

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule substantially increasing the annual salary an employee must earn to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. The final rule—which takes effect on December 1, 2016,—will…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

The FLSA’s New Overtime Rule Is Here

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule substantially increasing the annual salary an employee must earn to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. The final rule—which takes effect on December 1, 2016—will…more
| Labor & Employment Law

"Real" Harm Required To Recover Statutory Damages, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

In a long-anticipated and significant decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that a plaintiff alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does not have standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking

Ballard Spahr provides comments to HUD’s proposed revisions to RAD documents

As a follow-up to our March 24, 2016 post, on May 16, 2016, Ballard Spahr submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on proposed revisions to documents used in the Rental Assistance…more
| Real Estate - Residential

CFPB Sues All American Check Cashing

On May 11, 2016, the CFPB sued All American Check Cashing, Mid-State Finance and their President and owner Michael E. Gray. It alleged that the Defendants engaged in abusive, deceptive, and unfair conduct in making certain…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Our thoughts on “Ask CFPB”

In a new blog post, the CFPB promotes its “Ask CFPB” website feature as “a source of clear, impartial answers to hundreds of financial questions.” We agree that the feature can be a source of potentially helpful information…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

OSHA Issues Final Rules for Online Posting of Injury and Illness Data, Discouraging Retaliation

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued final regulations that permit the agency to post employer injury and illness data online, and also prohibit employers from discouraging workers' reporting…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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