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Fed Proposes to Repeal Rule Regarding Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices

The Federal Reserve Board has requested comment on a proposal to repeal its Regulation AA regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act repealed the Board’s…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

IRS Clarifies and Expands "Beginning Construction" Tests for Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit

In 2013, the Internal Revenue Service established two “beginning construction” tests – a physical work test and a 5% safe harbor test – to determine eligibility for the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC)…more
| Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Taxation

Failure to Cover Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism Spectrum Disorder Violates Federal Mental Health Parity Law

Parents have searched for effective therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder. One therapy that has shown promise, at least for some children, is applied behavior analysis (“ABA”), which is an intensive behavioral…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Insurance

Governments May Be Exempt From ERISA, But They Are Not Exempt From Securities Laws

ERISA lawyers know that employee benefit plans offered by state and local governments to their employees are not subject to ERISA, the federal law that generally governs benefit plans of private employers. However, other federal…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Nitty Gritty Advice for Compelling Arbitration under the FAA

I regularly receive questions about compelling arbitration under the Federal Arbitration Act. In particular, people ask : (1) Can I file a motion to compel before any other “complaint” is filed; (2) What should I call my…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

Lender Agrees to Pay CFPB $2.75 Million Fine for Distorting Credit Records

The CFPB obtained a consent order from an auto finance company that allegedly distorted consumer credit records for years. The auto finance company, which according to the CFPB lends primarily to subprime borrowers, allegedly…more
| Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection

Oral COBRA Notice OK?

In a recent District Court opinion, a judge dismissed a COBRA claim against an employer based on the oral notice the employer gave a former employee of her right to continue coverage under COBRA. The court said that the statute…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Lost Participant? Did you Try Google?

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor recently updated its guidance to retirement plan fiduciaries on due diligence and efforts to locate missing participants in the case of…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

CFPB Revises Mortgage Servicing Transfer Guidance

The CFPB believes there are potential risks to consumers that may arise in connection with transfers of residential mortgage servicing rights. The CFPB has stated its concern in this area remains heightened due to the continuing…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential

SEC to Commence Examinations of Municipal Advisors

SEC rules that took effect on July 1, 2014 generally require municipal advisors to register with the SEC through the SEC’s EDGAR system under the final registration process during a four-month phase-in period by October 31,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Amnesty International Continues to Push for En Banc Rehearing in Conflict Minerals Case

Amnesty International has filed a supplemental brief which continues to advocate for a rehearing en banc in the conflict minerals case. The argument is this: American Meat Institute v. U.S. Department of Agriculture expressly…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC Reports on Use of Form PF Data

The SEC has issued its annual report on use of Form PF data. In its examination and enforcement programs regarding registered investment advisers that manage private funds, the staff generally reviews information contained in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

MSRB Seeks to Extend Pay-to-Play Rule to Municipal Advisors

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, or MSRB, is requesting comment on draft amendments to Rule G-37, the MSRB’s pay-to-play rule for municipal securities dealers, that would extend the rule to municipal advisors…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Bankruptcy Auctions Present Opportunities to Acquire Energy Assets with Limited Risk

Energy industry bankruptcies of all types are expected to increase, offering an opportunity for companies to acquire assets for their operating portfolios while taking advantage of the bankruptcy process. We have received…more
| Bankruptcy, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

FinCEN Seeks to Turn Beneficial Ownership Disclosure of Private Entities on its Head

My colleagues over at our banking blog have highlighted proposed regulations by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, under the Bank Secrecy Act which are meant to combat illicit financial activity, including…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking
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