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NMLS Releases MLO and Lender Numbers

The NMLS recently released its NMLS Mortgage Industry Report 2014 Q3 Update. According to the report, there were 343,800 state-licensed mortgage loan originators (MLOs) during the 2014 third quarter, a 10 percent increase from…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Senate passes Tax Extender Package at 11th hour

The Senate passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014? (H.R. 5771) on Tuesday night just before Congress adjourned for 2014. As Molly Bryson described in her December 5, 2014 post following the House’s passage of the bill,…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Banking trade groups comment on CFPB’s proposed no-action letter policy

The American Bankers Association, American Bankers Insurance Association and Consumers Banking Association have submitted a joint comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed policy on issuing “no-action” letters for innovative…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program

The Consumer Law & Policy Blog has reproduced a copy of a letter sent yesterday by the CFPB seeking suggested cases for the CFPB’s amicus brief program…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB report highlights inadequate disclosure of campus financial products

In its fifth annual report on college credit card agreements, the CFPB takes financial institutions as well as colleges and universities to task for failing to adequately disclose their marketing agreements for campus financial…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

New Patent Examination Guidelines Give Applicants Some Reason for Optimism: First in a two-part series on USPTO interim guidance

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released updated interim guidelines for determining whether an invention is directed to patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. Although the impact of the new…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Congress votes unanimously to extend SCRA one-year foreclosure protection period

Congress has unanimously approved legislation to extend until January 2016 a provision of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) that prohibits foreclosing on a servicemember’s house for one year following the…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Military Law, Real Estate - Residential

Investment Management Update

In This Issue: - SEC Announces First-of-Its-Kind Whistleblower Award To an Audit and Compliance Professional - SEC Issues No-Action Letter To Allow for Amendment of a Sub-Advisory Agreement without Shareholder…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

Increased costs and potential decrease in private investment: Ballard Spahr’s thoughts on the public housing demolition/disposition proposed rule

Since HUD issued its proposed rule for the demolition and disposition of public housing in October of this year, Ballard Spahr has thoroughly examined the regulation and has now provided to HUD comments on the potentially…more
| Finance & Banking, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB announces pilot to promote consumer savings

As part of its Project Catalyst, the CFPB’s initiative for facilitating innovation in consumer-friendly financial products and services, the CFPB has announced a new research pilot using insights from behavioral economics and an…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Petitioner Opposes NY Regulator’s Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Access to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

The consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) who sued the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, to obtain access to DFS’s database of alleged illegal payday…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

One small step for FHFA, one giant step for affordable housing and community reinvestment across the country

In what may be one of the longest tests of perseverance and intestinal fortitude in the history of legislative advocacy for affordable housing, supporters of the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) finally saw their proposal come…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection
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