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Supervisory Haiku-lights, Summer 2015

Break out the short shorts everybody: it’s summer! We know you could use a palate cleanser between the 50 Shades novels and Game of Thrones wikis you’re reading on the beach. Supervisory Haiku-lights to the rescue! The Summer…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

The Right to Give One-Star Reviews

Congress has taken a step toward protecting consumers’ rights to post negative reviews on websites like Ripoff Report or Yelp with the introduction, by Representative Darrell E. Issa of California, of the Consumer Review Freedom…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Disparate Impact Doctrine Survives Supreme Court Review

After years of debate and false starts, the Supreme Court has held that the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) permits disparate impact claims. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.,…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice . . .

You will feel right at home with the CFPB’s newly augmented web-based public-facing complaints database. In accordance with its Final Policy Statement issued on March 19, 2015, the CFPB began publishing consumer complaint…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

OCIE Launches Sweep Examination of BD/IA Retirement Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is launching a sweep examination that will target the retirement-based savings activities of broker-dealers and investment advisers. The multi-year…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House Holds Hearings on Bill to Ease BDC Restrictions

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises of the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony on June 16, 2015 in support of proposed bills that would, among other things, increase the…more
| Business Organizations, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds Inclusive Communities Disparate Impact Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States released the following opinion this morning: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371 The Court affirmed the judgment…more
| Constitutional Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SEC Guidance on Regulation A+

Section 182. Rules 251 to 263: Question 182.01 - Question: Where an issuer elects to non-publicly submit a draft offering statement for staff review pursuant to Rule 252(d) of Regulation A before publicly filing…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Skinnygirl Margarita Class Rejected Again: Proof Fell Below Third Circuit’s High Bar for Ascertainability

A New Jersey federal court ruled that plaintiffs once again failed to demonstrate the ascertainability of a class of purchasers seeking to challenge “all natural” claims by the makers of Skinnygirl Margarita. Stewart v. Beam…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Products Liability

TILA-RESPA Combined Disclosures: The Executive Perspective October 29, 2014

In This Presentation: - ½-Way Point & What We Will Cover - NEW RISK ENVIRONMENT - THINKING ABOUT RISKS FOR 2015 - Business Challenges and Your Bottom Line - What is Behind TRID? - Communications…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Rebuffing Critics, Supreme Court Re-Affirms Ban on Post-Expiration Patent Royalties

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration constitutes per se patent misuse. Brulotte has been widely criticized as economically irrational…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

The Guide to Social Media and Securities Law - June 2015

The growing use of social media has created challenges for federal securities regulators, who must enforce antifraud rules that were written at a time when the prevailing technology was the newspaper. This Guide summarizes…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Canada Anti-Corruption Law May Affect FCPA Enforcement

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the act requires companies in the extractive sector to report…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, International Law & Trade

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 4

In This Issue: - FINRA Requests Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 2210 and Issues Additional FAQs - FINRA’s Revised Sanction Guidelines - A Uniform Fiduciary Duty Standard and the Structured Products…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFPB Increasingly Aiming “Abusiveness” Claims at Servicemember Products and Services

Are servicemembers more financially vulnerable than the civilians they protect? Recent enforcement actions suggest that, in the CFPB’s view, they are. While the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides more financial…more
| Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Military Law
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