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Federal Regulators Issue Joint Proposed Rule Regarding Appraisal Management Companies

On March 24, 2014, the CFPB along with five other federal agencies issued a joint proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) regarding Appraisal Management Companies (“AMC”) as required by section 1473 of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

Hensarling calls on CFPB to open advisory group meetings

Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, called on the CFPB this week to end its closed-door meeting policy for its four advisory groups. Those groups consist of the Community...more

Beware your credit union when filing bankruptcy!

Have you dealt with your local credit union for a long time and think they're your friend? If you're thinking about filing bankruptcy, you may be in for a surprise. Why do I say this? Let me count the reasons...more

CFPB seeking new members for Consumer Advisory Board and Credit Union/Community Bank Advisory Councils

The CFPB is seeking new members for its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB asks...more

CFPB’s Preliminary Report: Financial Consumers Can Only Avoid Arbitration By Using A Credit Union

Say it’s twenty degrees below zero outside, and you’d already seen boiling water turn into “snow” immediately upon making contact with the air, what would you do next? Assuming you were all caught up on your Words With...more

FFIEC Social Media Guidance Addresses "Reputational Risks" from Social Media

Financial Institutions Should Develop Policies and Practices to Address and Monitor Reputational and Operational Risks - On December 10, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued its...more

Are You A Financial Institution Offering Services Through Social Media? Read This

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (“FFIEC”) issued final Guidance on December 11, 2013 concerning the risks faced by banks, savings associations, and credit unions when offering their services through...more

FFIEC Issues Guidance Concerning Applicability of Federal Consumer Protection and Compliance Laws, Regulations and Policies to...

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (the “FFIEC”), on behalf of its members (the OCC, FRB, FDIC, NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”)), released final guidance...more

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

On December 11, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released final guidance (“Guidance”) on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 30, 2013

In This Issue: - Fed Proposes Rule Requiring Banks to Stay Liquid During Crisis - Simulation Tests Banks' Survival Against Cyber Attacks - Largest Banks Close to Meeting Mortgage Settlement Obligations -...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 30, 2013

In This Issue: - NCUA Drafts Rule Subjecting Big Credit Unions to Stress Tests Report Finds FDIC Has Filed as Least 32 D&O Lawsuits This Year - CFPB Cracks Down on "Furnishers" Giving Credit Report Information -...more

Tenth Circuit Rules that “Extender Statutes” Permit NCUA to Bring Otherwise Time-Barred RMBS Suits

The Tenth Circuit has held that provisions of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (“FIRREA”) that extend the time period for a government regulator to bring “any action” on behalf of a...more

CFPB Report Questions Overdraft Practices

On June 11, the CFPB released a white paper with initial findings from its study of bank and credit union overdraft practices. ...more

Banking & Financial Services E - Note - May 30, 2013

In This Issue: - New Suits Filed as Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline Looms - Sec. Lew Tells Senate Committee of Plans to Accelerate Dodd-Frank - New Mortgage Rule to Block Access to Credit, Witnesses...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- April 15, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Budget Summary; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Congress returned from a two-week recess and the...more

NCUA Announces Pre-Litigation MBS Settlement

On April 2, the NCUA announced that a financial institution agreed to settle allegations related to mortgage-backed securities issued to certain corporate credit unions. The NCUA has alleged on behalf of failed corporate...more

Bank of America Reaches Pre-Litigation Settlement with NCUA for RMBS Losses

On April 2, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent federal agency that supervises and charters federal credit unions, reached a $165 million settlement with Bank of America, stemming from BofA’s sale...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Global Banking Group Calls for Several Rates to Replace Libor - U.S. Applies Money-Laundering Rules to "Virtual Currencies" - SEC Says Big Banks Don't Have to Hold Shareholder Break-Up Votes -...more

NCUA Issues Fair Lending Guide, Plans Fair Lending Webinar

On March 19, the NCUA released a letter to credit unions to introduce its new fair lending guide and announce other fair lending tools. The fair lending guide includes (i) an overview of fair lending law and regulations, (ii)...more

Tax Communiqué: Highlights from the Budget 2013

Budget 2013 was tabled on March 21, 2013. Heenan Blaikie’s National Tax Group has prepared the following overview of some of the more significant tax-related measures....more

The Impact Of The CFPB’s Appraisal Rule

On January 18, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule (the Appraisal Rule) implementing an amendment to the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) that revises Regulation B’s provisions...more

NCUA Eases Regulatory Requirements For Certain Small Credit Unions; Finalizes Rule Regarding Troubled State Credit Unions

On January 18, the NCUA published a final rule to amend the definition of “small entities” from those with less than $10 million in assets to those with less than $50 million in assets. The change will allow more credit...more

NCUA Files Another Major MBS Suit

On January 4, the NCUA announced another major mortgage-backed securities lawsuit. Similar to prior suits, the NCUA alleges on behalf of three insolvent corporate credit unions that a mortgage securitizer violated federal and...more

National Credit Union Administration Sues Bear Stearns for $3.6 Billion in RMBS

On December 17, 2012, the National Credit Union Administration Board, acting in its capacity as liquidating agent for four failed credit unions, sued several Bear Stearns affiliates in federal court in Kansas in connection...more

HSBC Agrees to Settle Potential NCUA Claims for $5.25 Million

On March 12, 2012, the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”) announced that it reached a settlement with HSBC concerning potential claims arising out of HSBC’s sale of RMBS to five failed credit unions. HSBC agreed...more

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