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Federal appeals court confirms FTC authority to regulate cybersecurity policies and procedures

Banks and other companies subject to the CFPB’s jurisdiction face the possibility that the CFPB could begin using its authority under Sections 1031 and 1036 of the Dodd-Frank Act (which proscribe unfair, deceptive or abusive…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed organized labor a major victory that in certain contexts will likely give unions significantly increased leverage at the bargaining table in a landmark ruling issued on Thursday…more
| Franchise Law, Labor & Employment Law

No deference for CFPB amicus brief from Ninth Circuit

Many readers probably remember Edwards v. First American Financial Corp. for its ill-fated journey to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court had granted certiorari to decide the issue of whether a plaintiff who brings a RESPA…more
| Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB issues second monthly complaint report

The CFPB has issued its August 2015 complaint report, the second in its new series of monthly complaint reports. When it announced the launch of the new reports last month, the CFPB stated that each report would spotlight a…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Second Circuit: Transfer of Mortgage Servicing Rights Triggers FDCPA Disclosure Requirement

A federal appeals court has ruled that a nonbank mortgage servicer’s notice of servicing rights transfer sent pursuant to RESPA constitutes debt collection and thus triggers mandatory FDCPA disclosures. The Second Circuit Court…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Sixth Circuit Holds that a Business Entity Is a "Person" for Purposes of FDCPA's Enforcement Provision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a limited liability company (“LLC”) constitutes a “person” within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the “Act”), in Anarion Investments LLC v…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

CFPB Issues Compliance Bulletin on PMI Cancellation and Termination

The CFPB recently issued Compliance Bulletin 2015-03, addressing the cancellation and termination requirements for private mortgage insurance (PMI) under the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998 (HPA). We note that this Bulletin…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

The 60 Day Rule — Identification and Knowing Avoidance

On August 3, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion and order in Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al.[1] that provides the first judicial interpretation of the requirement…more
| Government Contracting, Health

Delaware Changes Online, Student Privacy Protection Laws

Four pieces of legislation intended to improve online privacy and protections for Delaware residents were signed into law by Governor Jack Markell on August 7, 2015. Collectively, this legislation will impact a broad range of…more
| Education, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Nearly 2 Million Home Care Workers Now Qualify for Minimum Wage, Overtime Protections

The U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously upheld a Department of Labor (DOL) rule which extended the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime protections to certain home care…more
| Health, Labor & Employment Law

HUD issues final rule modifying portability process in HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program

Effective September 21, amendments to HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program – the government’s largest program for assisting low-income, elderly, and disabled populations in the private housing market – will change the…more
| Administrative Law, Real Estate - Residential

Noted Scholars Critique the CFPB’s Arbitration Study and Find It Lacking

We have previously blogged about the comment letter concerning the CFPB’s March 10, 2015 Study on consumer arbitration that we submitted to the CFPB on behalf of the American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB lawsuit against pension advance companies could have broader implications

A new lawsuit, filed by the CFPB and the New York Department of Financial Services(NY DFS) in a California federal court against two pension advance companies and three of the companies’ individual managers, again demonstrates…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

New OSHA Directive to Speed Up Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints Under OSH Act, Dodd-Frank, Other Laws

A directive to establish nationwide policies and procedures aimed at speeding up the resolution of “whistleblower” complaints handled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was issued on August 19, 2015…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Maritime Law

NIST Guide Highlights Cybersecurity Considerations for Utilities and Manufacturing Companies

In 2013 alone, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) responded to more than 256 cyber-incident reports—more than half of them in the energy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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