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Supervisory Highlights

In This Issue: - Introduction - Supervisory observations ..Consumer reporting ..Debt Collection ..Deposits ..Mortgage servicing ..Student loan servicing ..Fair Lending: CFPB’s HMDA resubmission…more
| Education, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn…more
| Agriculture, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

2014 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation Considers Adding Qualitative Requirements to the Standards for an “Accredited Investor” and Steps Needed to Make Exchanges More Hospitable to Smaller Companies

On Thursday, November 20th, the 2014 SEC Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation met at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The forum was attended by SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Commissioner…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Forced to Cyber-Spy: Court Rules Parents Can Be Held Negligent for Child’s Facebook Activity

Are parents now liable for what their kids post to Facebook? According to a recent decision in the Georgia Court of Appeals, they are. The Georgia Court of Appeals held that the parents of a seventh-grade student could…more
| Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Science, Computers, & Technology

Status Updates - September 2014 #11

Invisible hits. What could possibly be meant by the following tweet? “CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52–>49/476-10s.” According to a recent CNN report, GOP groups tweeted such seemingly meaningless gibberish in order…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics

A Closer Look at Regulation D: OfferBoard Finds Rule 506(c) Offerings Have Lowest Percentage of Funds Committed at Time of Filing; Revenue Disclosure More Frequent in 506(c) Offerings

In “Equity Crowdfunding Under Title II of the JOBS Act: The First Year,” OfferBoard reveals many interesting findings regarding offerings under Regulation D. The white paper finds that offerings under Rule 506(c) of Reg. D…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Status Updates - November 2014 #10

Commercial free content. Would you pay to diminish the number of ads that appear on your screen while you surf the Web? Google is testing a service that will allow users to do just that. The service, called Contributor, will…more
| Communications & Media Law

Overview of the CFPB Prepaid Account Proposed Rule

On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a proposed rule to regulate prepaid accounts (the “Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule follows the CFPB’s May 2012 advance notice of proposed…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes

Money may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy phony Facebook “likes.” And those can go a long way toward making a small business owner’s dreams come true, right?…more
| Communications & Media Law

Judge Illston Finds Proof of Injunctive Standing and Consumer Deception Lacking in Consumer Challenge to Mott’s 100% Apple Juice Labels

Judge Illston’s recent summary judgment ruling in Rahman v. Mott’s LLP, Case No. CV 13-3482 SI (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2014), highlights courts’ varied approaches to the level of proof required to demonstrate Article III injunctive…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection

Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The SEC announced the next meeting of the Advisory Committee on December 17th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The committee will focus on the interests and priorities of emerging and smaller public companies…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Huerta v. Pirker—NTSB Says No More “Gray Area” for Drone Operations

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated within an uncertain legal framework while players across a rapidly growing range of commercial industries — from energy to rail transport to forestry to all types of infrastructure…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

DOJ’s Second Opinion Release of 2014: Is DOJ Evolving Away from the Halliburton Opinion Standard?

The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) just issued its most recent FCPA Opinion Release, only the second in 2014. The Requestor, a publicly traded U.S. consumer products company, sought an opinion as to whether…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade

Status Updates - November 2014 #9

..A saving grace for search results. In the first case since 2007 to address the issue, a California state court judge recently held that Google’s search results are in fact protected by U.S. free speech laws, and that Google is…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Cartel Prosecutions – The Next Wave and the New Message from the U.S. Antitrust Division

It is widely rumored that the U.S. Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (“Antitrust Division”) is already working toward its next wave of international cartel investigations. The blockbuster auto parts investigation…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade
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