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Hensarling establishes new policy for issuing subpoenas and gives CFPB deadline for responding to document requests

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, has established a new policy for using his authority to issue subpoenas to the CFPB and other agency’s subject to the Committee’s…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council to meet March 12

A meeting of the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Council has been scheduled for March 12, 2015 at the CFPB’s offices in Washington, D.C The agenda indicates that the Council will discuss financial education and financial…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Celebrating residents in public housing

Residents in public housing are resilient, despite the overwhelming obstacles that they face every day. Public housing has been home to many inspiring stories of success for individuals and families. Put simply, the people of…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are seeking…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Director Cordray to testify on March 3 before House Financial Services Committee

The House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow, March 3, entitled “The Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” at which Director Cordray is expected to testify. The most recent…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Does micro housing present opportunities for affordable housing?

Two recent news stories highlight a possible surge in the development of housing in high cost rental markets like New York and Washington, DC. A New York Times article and NPR story featured approaches to living in small housing…more
| Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Real Estate - Residential

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
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law

Another study raises questions about possible CFPB payday loan limits

We recently wrote about two studies, one by Professor Ronald Mann and the other by Professor Jennifer Lewis Priestley, that cast serious doubt on the benefit to payday loan borrowers of an ability-to-repay requirement and limits…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

CFPB proposes temporary suspension of TILA requirement for credit card issuers to submit card agreements quarterly

The CFPB has issued a proposal to suspend for one year the Truth in Lending Act/Regulation Z requirement for issuers of open-end credit cards to send their credit card agreements to the CFPB quarterly for posting in a public…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

IRS Issues Preliminary Guidance on Cadillac Tax

Monday, the Internal Revenue Service issued preliminary but much-anticipated guidance on the so-called Cadillac tax imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new notice offers very few concrete answers to employer questions…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

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
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Real Estate - Residential

IRS Issues Final Forms for Affordable Care Act Reporting

The Internal Revenue Service has finalized the forms and instructions for reporting information necessary for enforcement of the individual and employer mandates under sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code. The…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding that…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

California Amends Mortgage Originator Testing and Education Requirements

The state of California has made significant changes to the testing and education requirements for its mortgage loan originators licensed under the California Finance Lenders Law and the California Residential Mortgage Lending…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Partial Relief for Employer Payment of Individual Insurance Premiums

In a recent notice, the Internal Revenue Service has tempered prior guidance that closed the door on employer arrangements for paying the cost of individual health insurance for employees. The IRS still views these premium…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation
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