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CFPB use of behavioral economics validated by Executive Order

Since opening its doors for business, behavioral economics has played a central role in the CFPB’s regulatory agenda. Behavioral economists posit that consumers are not rational decision makers and instead have certain...more

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Payment Strategies Team Provides Snapshot of Mobile Banking Landscape

On August 17, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston published a report that outlines the results of a 2014 survey intended to capture “a point-in-time snapshot of mobile banking and payments at [financial institutions]” across...more

CFPB seeking approval for national web survey on overdraft disclosures

The CFPB has published a notice indicating that it is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct “a national web survey of 8,000 individuals as part of its study of ATM/debit card overdraft...more

New Guidance for Financial Institution Directors and Officers In Cybersecurity Preparedness

Earlier this summer, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released its highly anticipated Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment), which is designed to assist financial institutions in identifying...more

Digital Currency to the Rescue: Bitcoins as Solution to Greek Capital Controls

This week and BTCGreece began a partnership aimed at providing a solution to Greek capital controls. Part of that solution entails supporting voucher payments backed by bitcoin and installing one thousand Bitcoin...more

Court Revives Antitrust Suit Against MasterCard, Visa, Three Banks

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices to the detriment of consumers. A federal district judge had thrown out the lawsuit in 2013 after...more

The Second Payment Services Directive - Political Agreement Nears

The original Payment Services Directive (2007/64/EC) (“PSD1”) was introduced to provide greater price transparency for users of payment services and to create a level, competitive playing field among providers of different...more

ATM skimming crook sentenced

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, NJ has announced that Marius Ventila, a Romanian native, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay $7.5 million in restitution for his part in a credit card skimming scam that used...more

CFPB issues financial guides for new immigrants

The CFPB recently announced that it has developed “the Newcomer’s Guides to Managing Money to provide recent immigrants with straightforward information about basic money decisions.” According to the CFPB, each guide...more

Can I Pay with a Card? – Proposed Restrictions on NY Employers’ Use of Payroll Cards

Payroll cards (i.e., debit cards onto which employee wages can be loaded) provide an alternative to more traditional forms of wage payment such as paper checks or direct deposit. Payroll card programs can offer cost-saving...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Certification of Electronic Funds Transfer Act Class

In a case similar to its late-2014 decision in Mabary v. Home Town Bank, N.A., 771 F.3d 820 (5th Cir. 2014), the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed certification of a class of consumers who were charged a fee for using an...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Fifth Circuit decided a significant case on loss causation. The Court concluded that the truth could emerge from a series of disclosures which, in and of themselves were not sufficient to uncover the fraud, but which when...more

SEC Brings Another ATM Based Ponzi Scheme Case

Ponzi and investment scheme cases are a staple of SEC enforcement in the post Madoff world. Emerging, however, may be a new trend based on a subset of these frauds – investments in ATM machines. At the close of last month the...more

Federal Reserve Board Reports On Prepaid Cards, Domestic Payments

Recently, the Federal Reserve Board released two payments-related reports: (i) a report to Congress on government-administered general use prepaid cards; and (ii) a detailed report on the Federal Reserve’s 2013 payments...more

Connecticut Bill Revises Licensing Laws, Numerous Other Financial Services Laws

On June 3, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 5353, which makes numerous unrelated changes to Connecticut’s laws governing financial services companies. For example, with regard to mortgage servicing, the bill: (i)...more

Federal Regulators Plan Cybersecurity Assessments for Certain Banks

Federal regulators have substantially elevated cybersecurity risk assessments as yet another monitoring tool. They now view risk assessments not just as relevant to mundane IT issues but as more fundamental for assessing...more

New York Targets Online Lenders Through Debit Card Networks

On April 30, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) again expanded the scope of its activities targeting online payday lenders by announcing that two major debit card network operators agreed to halt the...more

FFIEC Advises Banks On Website, ATM Cyber Attacks

On April 2, the FFIEC advised financial institutions that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on a financial institution’s public websites present operational and reputation risks. If coupled with attempted fraud, a...more

Agencies Issue Denial of Service Guidance and Guidance on ATMs

On April 3, the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union...more

FFIEC Issues Joint Statements on DDoS Cyber-Attacks and Cyber-Attacks on ATM and Card Authorization Systems

On April 2, 2014 the members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”) issued two joint statements: the first joint statement regards distributed denial-of-service (“DDoS”) attacks, and the second...more

ATM Maker To Settle FCPA and Sanctions Violations

Automated teller machine maker NCR Corp. has agreed to settle charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and U.S. sanctions violations. In 2012, a whistleblower accused the company's board members and executives of...more

FCRA Claim Provides Article III Standing without Showing of Actual Harm, Ninth Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff had Article III standing to sue a website operator for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regardless of whether he could show actual...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - January 31, 2014

In This Issue: - DOJ Weighs Action Against Banks Over Payday Lending Business - More Regulatory Scrutiny Causing Banks to Pass on LBOs - Officials to Issue New Rules on Banks Holding Marijuana Funds - Fed...more

Bitcoin - Big Bounce Back - Part Six

The nature and prospects of “virtual currencies”, and bitcoin in particular, have been keenly debated. In early December 2013, Chinese government authorities took the first steps towards defining and regulating virtual...more

DOJ, SEC Announce FCPA Actions Against U.S. ATM Maker

On October 22, the DOJ and the SEC announced parallel criminal and civil actions against a U.S. company for allegedly violating the FCPA by paying bribes and falsifying documents in connection with selling ATMs to bank...more

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