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Changes to the insolvency regime

We published a blog update in May informing readers of the staggered implementation of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (the “SBEEA”). The SBEEA received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and a previous...more

Estate Planning Pitfall: You jointly own property with a family member

A common estate planning mistake that many people make is to own property jointly with a child or other family member. True, adding a loved one to the title of your home, bank account or other property can be a simple...more

Wrongful Trading: Robin Hood’s not-so Merry Men

Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2015] EWHC 2289 (Ch) 0 - In a rare judgment considering wrongful trading in detail, the memorably-named “Robin Hood” case considers at which point the directors ought to have...more

Protecting Your Business: Payment Plans Are Not Necessarily Bankruptcy Proof

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be . . . .” Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, line 75 With all due respect to the great Bard, that simply isn’t possible in today’s business world. Even businesses that are not directly involved...more

Clear Contractual Terms Prevail Over Equitable Principles in Bankruptcy Cases (Again)

Bankruptcy courts in the U.S. are widely viewed as favorable fora for debtors, trustees and creditors’ committees to pursue creative and difficult causes of actions against deep-pockets lenders and others in an attempt to...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds for Extended Claims Period for Known or Ascertainable Creditor Claims [Florida]

In 2013 I wrote about the Golden case which ruled that a known or reasonably ascertainable creditor who did not receive a Notice to Creditors in a probate proceeding could file a claim against the estate up to 2 years after...more

Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Second Indirect Auto Finance Company in Three Days

On October 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its second enforcement action in three days against an indirect auto finance company. In its latest action, the CFPB took aim at indirect auto...more

Energy Future Holdings – Kicking a Very Large Can Down the Road

Energy Future Holdings (“EFH” or “Debtors”) has cleared all of the preliminary hurdles in its path as it moves towards the confirmation of its plan of reorganization (the “Plan”). Last week Judge Christopher Sontchi of the...more

Small Lenders Score a Needed Win before the CFPB: New Regs for Small Lenders Serving Rural and Underserved Areas Offers New...

When many small and community bankers serving rural and underserved areas prepare for their New Year’s Eve toast this year, they will be able to make a major New Year’s Resolution: make more home loans. The Consumer...more

Big Changes Coming to Michigan’s Garnishment Laws

On October 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Some changes will benefit creditors who are owed money, some will benefit debtors, and...more

Deficiency Judgment Cases In North Carolina Just Got A Lot More Complex: CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update

A question that continually arose during the foreclosure deficiency actions that were spurred by the recent “Great Recession,” was whether or not a guarantor on a loan could raise the “defense” offered in N.C. Gen. Stat. §...more

Can Alphabet Soup Fix Puerto Rico’s Debt Service Issues?

Last week, the Working Group for the Fiscal and Economic Recovery of Puerto Rico gave the broadest hint yet of the next tactic in Puerto Rico’s ongoing quest to deleverage itself. Although the details have not yet been...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule Allowing Small Creditors to Increase Lending in Rural and Underserved Areas

On September 21, the CFPB issued a final rule, amending certain mortgage rules and comments relating to lending activities by small creditors in rural and underserved areas. Initially proposed in January 2015, the final rule,...more

UK Ratification of the Cape Town Convention

It cannot have escaped the attention of anyone involved in the aviation finance industry that the UK is currently in the process of ratifying the Cape Town Convention (being the Convention on International Interests in Mobile...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...more

CFPB issues final rule expanding definition of “small creditor” and “rural areas” under TILA

The CFPB has issued a final rule that revises the definitions of “small creditor” and “rural areas” under Regulation Z of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The final rule is effective January 1, 2016. We previously reported on...more

CFPB Expands “Small Creditor” and “Rural Area” Definitions for Qualified Mortgages

On September 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released final and revised versions of mortgage rules regarding small creditors. These changes should ease lenders’ ability to originate qualified mortgages...more

Nuovo Regolamento UE sulle procedure d’insolvenza

Il Regolamento si pone l’obiettivo di rendere più efficienti le regole sulle insolvenze transfrontaliere, trovare il giusto equilibrio nella protezione sia dei debitori che dei creditori e privilegiare il risanamento delle...more

CFPB Sues World Law Group Over Illegal Fees and False Promises in Debt-Relief Scheme

On September 15, the CFPB announced a preliminary injunction obtained against World Law Group and its senior leaders for allegedly running a debt-relief scheme that charged consumers costly and illegal upfront fees. According...more

Sixth Circuit Weighs In On Prior Express Consent

Under what circumstances does a person give his “prior express consent” to be contacted on his cellphone by a creditor? The Sixth Circuit recently examined that very question in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., where it...more

SRA adopts consumer credit proposals

The SRA Board has adopted proposals for consumer credit regulation for solicitors. The proposals are that solicitors should be able to carry out certain consumer credit activities under SRA authorisation as long as their...more

Federal Appeals Court Holds that the FDCPA Means What It Says Regarding Definition of “Debt Collector”

Lenders and their attorneys generally recognize that lenders who are engaged in collecting their own loans are not “debt collectors” under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Debtors and their attorneys...more

New Administrative Orders Amend Procedures for Creditors in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases Pending in the Middle District of Florida

Prior to September 1, 2015, procedures in consumer chapter 13 bankruptcy cases varied greatly across the divisions of the Middle District of Florida, creating vastly different workflows for creditors and attorneys with cases...more

In re Alternate Fuels, Inc.: Key Takeaways for Venture Capitalists Working with Emerging Companies

Venture capitalists (“VCs”) often provide needed debt financing such as bridge loans to emerging companies in financial distress. However, given their insider status with these companies, VCs may encounter issues with such...more

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