Ballard Spahr LLP

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1735 Market Street
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599, United States
Phone: 215.665.8500
Fax: 215.864.8999
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
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  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
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Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Colorado Proposes Cybersecurity Rules for Investment Advisers, Broker-Dealers

The Colorado Division of Securities recently issued proposed rules directed at establishing cybersecurity requirements for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The proposed rules were issued only a month after New York…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing the…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking

Florida Lawmakers Seek to Bring Virtual Currency into the Fold

On Monday, the state of Florida moved a step closer towards amending its money laundering statute to include the nefarious use of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The bill, H.B. 1379, has sailed through a committee vote and…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Treating Partners as Employees – Overview and Update

Limited liability companies (LLCs) have become the fastest-growing entity choice for businesses in recent years. LLCs provide flexibility in operations and distributions. However, to the surprise of many businesspeople, if an…more
 /  Business Organizations, Taxation

OIG issues report on CFPB contract award controls; updated work plan includes evaluation of CFPB’s supervisory corrective action follow-up process

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB recently issued an audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” The objective of the OIG’s audit was to assess the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Failure to Register with FINCEN Sustains Guilty Pleas by Virtual Currency Exchangers

It is a potential crime to conduct a business that exchanges virtual currency and fail to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN“), even if the State in which one operates does not impose a similar…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Where Federal Tax Reform Goes, Will State Taxes Follow?

With Republicans in control of both the White House and Congress, comprehensive federal tax reform likely is on the horizon. Both the tax reform plan outlined by President Donald J. Trump during his campaign (the Trump Plan) and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Taxation

D.C. Circuit affirms denial of CFPB petition to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

The D. C. Circuit has affirmed the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 denial of the CFPB’s petition to enforce a CID issued to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Education, Finance & Banking

Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB finalizes delay in the effective date of the Prepaid Account Final Rule

On April 20, the CFPB finalized a proposed rule to delay the effective date of the final rule governing Prepaid Accounts (Prepaid Account Final Rule) by six months, from October 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018 (Effective Date Final…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB and DOJ directed to address state AGs’ proposal to redirect unused settlement funds to NAAG

We previously reported that the Connecticut Attorney General, on behalf of the Attorneys General of Indiana, Kansas and Vermont, (the “state AGs”) had filed a joint motion to intervene in a CFPB enforcement action to request a…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

FTC Privacy and Data Security Enforcement Activity Continues Unabated under the Trump Administration

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Acting Director, Thomas Pahl, posted on the FTC’s Business Blog about the FTC’s role as the federal agency with the “broadest jurisdiction” to pursue…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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