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Sixth Circuit Weighs in on CERCLA Cost Recovery, Contribution Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court recently issued an important opinion related to claims to recover environmental cleanup costs at an Ohio landfill. The court’s ruling in Hobart Corporation, et al. v....more

Federal Circuit Makes ITC Comply With Its Own Rules

In an opinion dated July 18, 2014, in Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission (Fed. Cir. July 18, 2014, No. 2013-1240, -1363) 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 13717, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a decision of...more

New York Fines Two Major Insurers

Two recent Consent Orders issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services against major insurers appear to signal the Department’s enhanced focus on insurers’ detailed compliance with regulatory requirements....more

Settling Parties In Government Consent Orders Have CERCLA Claims For Contribution Not Cost Recovery

To the extent there was any remaining uncertainty, the Sixth Circuit has now made crystalline that a party settling some or all of its liability under CERCLA with the United States or a state has a contribution claim under...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

Federal, State Authorities Announce Substantial Mortgage Settlement

On June 17 the DOJ, the CFPB, HUD, and 49 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia’s attorney general announced a $968 million consent judgment with a large mortgage company to resolve numerous federal and state...more

FDIC Restricts Bank’s Card Businesses Pending BSA Compliance Enhancements

On June 5, the FDIC and a Delaware bank entered a consent order that prohibits the bank from entering into any new relationships with third-party prepaid card processors or prepaid card program managers until the FDIC...more

DOJ, CFPB Fair Lending Enforcement Actions Target Credit Card Repayment Programs, Marketing Of Add-On Products

On June 19, the CFPB and the DOJ announced parallel enforcement actions against a federal savings bank that allegedly violated ECOA in the offering of credit card debt-repayment programs and allegedly engaged in deceptive...more

CFPB & DOJ Consent Orders with Former GE Capital Retail Bank: Something Old and Something New

Yesterday, the CFPB announced a $225 million settlement of two major credit card enforcement matters with Synchrony Bank, formerly known as GE Capital Retail Bank. First, the “Add-On Matter” targets alleged deceptive...more

CFPB orders New Jersey title services company to pay for illegal mortgage referrals

On June 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which a New Jersey title services company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., agreed to pay a $30,000 civil money penalty for paying illegal kickbacks for...more

GAO Recommends Enhanced Oversight Of Independent Foreclosure Review Settlements

On April 29, the GAO published a report on its examination of the 2013 amended consent orders that ended the Independent Foreclosure Review process. After testing the regulators’ major assumptions, the GAO concludes “that the...more

Fair Servicing: Regulators Watch for Discrimination by Servicers

Federal regulators delivered that message in October 2013, reminding loan servicers that they are subject to fair lending liability and must manage their fair lending risks. The regulators’ message concerning “fair servicing”...more

Enforceable Consent Agreement: EPA Issues Testing Enforceable Consent Order for D4 -- With Some Interesting Twists

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice on April 4, 2014, announcing that it issued a testing consent order that incorporates an enforceable consent agreement (ECA) for octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane...more

Fidelity Mortgage Consent Order Sends Strong Message the CFPB Will Enforce Laws, No Matter Size of Violator

On January 16, 2014, the CFPB issued a Consent Order resolving a claim that Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (Fidelity), a mortgage lender, and its president, Mark Figert, violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to...more

FTC Settles Case With Medical Transcription Company

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that it had settled its data privacy case against medical transcription firm GMR Transcription Services, Inc. (GMR) following allegations that GMR had failed to adequately...more

CFPB's First Consent Order of 2014 Addresses RESPA Section 8(a) Kickback Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its first enforcement order of 2014 against a St. Louis mortgage lender, Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (FMC), and its president, Mark Figert. The January 16 consent order...more

Two Recent FTC Cases Demonstrate the Antitrust Risk of Association Codes of Ethics

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered into consent orders with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALSPro). The consent orders highlight...more

CFPB and DOJ Enter Into First Joint Fair Lending Consent Order with Indirect Auto Finance Company

On December 20, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and U.S. Department of Justice entered into a joint fair lending settlement with Ally Financial, Inc. and Ally Bank to resolve allegations that the Company’s...more

CFPB Brings First Enforcement Action Involving Deferred Interest Products, Imposes Novel and Burdensome Application Requirements...

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a consent order with GE Capital Retail Bank and its subsidiary CareCredit (collectively “CareCredit”) related to what the CFPB alleges were unfair and...more

CFPB Reaches Consent Orders for HMDA Violations

On October 9, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) reached consent orders with two companies, Mortgage Master, Inc. (“Mortgage Master”) and Washington Federal, encompassing payment of civil penalties for...more

Fix My Merger – Lessons from FTC Bureau Director Feinstein on the Use of Consent Orders to Remedy Anticompetitive Mergers

In her first speech since becoming Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Deborah Feinstein highlighted five benefits arising from addressing antitrust violations through consent orders and...more

FTC ‘Checks’ In With $3.5 Million Consent Order Under Fair Credit Reporting Act

This week the Federal Trade Commission entered into a consent decree with Certegy Check Services, one of the nation’s check authorization service companies, pursuant to which Certegy has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle...more

Best Practices for Investment Advisers on Trade Execution: An Analysis of Two Recent SEC Settlements

On July 31, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two investment advisers allegedly failed to seek best execution on client trades placed with their in-house brokerage divisions and misled...more

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduces a number of reforms designed to simplify and streamline existing planning procedures to provide greater clarity for owners and developers of listed buildings or...more

CFPB Issues Consent Order To Taylor Homes Based On Sham Joint Venture Arrangement

On May 17, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a consent order to Paul Taylor Homes Limited, Paul Taylor Corp. and Paul Taylor individually (altogether “Taylor”) based on the CFPB’s findings that...more

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