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CFPB submits proposal to expand consumer complaint feedback for OMB approval

The CFPB has taken another step towards implementing its proposal to add a survey to its current complaint intake form that a consumer could choose to complete to provide feedback on the company’s response to his or her...more

California Amends RMLA: Federal Agency Approval Not Required For Processing and Underwriting Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, the definition of lender under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act (RMLA) will be amended to include third-party processors and/or underwriters who do not solicit loan applicants,...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative...more

The Post-Election FinTech World: Are Happy Days (for Bankers) Here Again?

In the days following the U.S. federal elections that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as President and Republican control of the 115th Congress, FinTech companies, banks, and other financial institutions are...more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

A First of its Kind—QFC Judgement Successfully Enforced by the Qatar Central Bank

On 4 August 2016, the Civil and Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Centre First Instance Court (QFC Court) issued a judgment, which was subsequently enforced by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB), without the need for court...more

Members of Congress, consumer advocates file amicus briefs supporting CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

A group of 21 current and former members of Congress and a group of 10 consumer advocacy organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s petition filed with the D.C. Circuit seeking a rehearing of its decision...more

Payday Lenders Claim that Regulators Are Choking Their Livelihoods In Preliminary Injunction

On November 23, 2016, Advance America, Inc., a payday lender, and Community Financial Services Association of America, Ltd., a trade organization which represents the interests of payday lenders, (“Plaintiffs”) filed a...more

CFPB Outlines Expectations on Incentive Compensation

The CFPB issued a bulletin warning supervised financial companies that creating incentives for employees and service providers to meet sales and other business goals can lead to consumer harm if not properly managed....more

La nuova disciplina del pegno non possessorio e del patto marciano. Alcune novità in relazione alle procedure esecutive e...

Il Decreto Legge n. 59/2016 (il cosiddetto “Decreto Banche”, di seguito il Decreto) è stato pubblicato in Gazzetta Ufficiale (e successivamente modificato e convertito in legge con la Legge n. 199/2016) ed è recentemente...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: finance

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the UK government confirmed, as previously announced, that from April 2017, it is to cap the amount of tax deductions for interest to the higher of 30% of taxable earnings in the UK or the net...more

GAO report highlights gap in SCRA oversight for private student loans; encourages CFPB to seek additional statutory authority

On November 18, the GAO released a report examining issues related to implementation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) interest rate cap for student loans. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...more

FDIC Releases Final Rule on Deposit Account Recordkeeping

On November 15, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final rule regarding deposit account recordkeeping (Final Rule) to help insure prompt access to funds in the event of a bank failure,...more

CFPB issues bulletin on incentive programs

The CFPB has issued a new compliance bulletin (2016-03) on incentive programs. The issuance of the bulletin reflects the CFPB’s increased focus on such programs. In the bulletin, the CFPB acknowledges that incentives...more

Aggressive Remediation: Embraer and JP Morgan

There is no question that the Justice Department has raised compliance program expectations in a number of areas. Whatever you may think about the efficacy or fairness of the FCPA Pilot Program, the Justice Department has...more

FINRA Fines Lincoln Financial Group $650,000

A Lincoln Financial Group subsidiary has agreed to accept a $650,000 fine levied against it by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and to implement more robust security controls for a 2012 hacking that...more

CFPB amends commentary on adjustments to exemption thresholds; makes no changes to 2017 thresholds

The CFPB has adopted changes to its Reg Z commentary to memorialize the calculation methods used each year to adjust the thresholds for exempt consumer credit transactions and for transactions exempt from the special...more

China Report: Uniform Interchange Rates Now Apply; Differentiated Interchange Fees Based On Different Types of Merchants No Longer...

I. Highlights of the New Regulation - On September 6, 2016, a new Chinese regulation regarding fees for the use of bankcards (“Interchange”) in the PRC became effective. For these purposes, Interchange is comprised of...more

The European Central Bank Publishes Draft Guidance on Leveraged Transactions

ECB Consultation Paper - On 23 November 2016, the European Central Bank (the “ECB”) launched a public consultation in relation to draft guidance for Eurozone banks intended to develop clear and consistent definitions,...more

Bank Indonesia Regulates Payment Gateway and E-Wallet Services

In light of evolving technological innovation and information systems in Indonesia, especially those related to e-commerce and the financial technology industry, the Indonesian government seeks to more properly regulate...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Appoints New Senior Deputy Comptroller for Large Bank Supervision

The OCC appointed Morris Morgan as the OCC’s Senior Deputy Comptroller for Large Bank Supervision...more

IRS on the Hunt for Bitcoin Users

Bitcoin is the most popular of the virtual currencies. In Notice 2014-21, the IRS advised that such currencies are not money, but property, for tax purposes. Two implications of this are that persons who use Bitcoins to...more

US Federal Reserve Board Approves Fee Schedule for Federal Reserve Bank Priced Services

The US Federal Reserve Board announced the approval of fee schedules, effective January 3, 2017, for payment services the Federal Reserve Banks provide to depository institutions (priced services). The Monetary Control Act of...more

US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Issues Responsible Innovation Framework

The OCC announced it will establish an office dedicated to responsible innovation and implement a formal framework to improve the agency’s ability to identify, understand and respond to financial innovation affecting the...more

Implied Consent under Privacy Law Reconsidered

The federal private sector privacy regime operates on a consent basis. Unless an exception is applicable consent is needed to collect, use or disclose personal information of another. That consent can be express or implied....more

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