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NY DFS Addresses Concerns Regarding Loan Servicer’s Noncompliance Issue

On October 21, New York DFS’s Superintendent Lawsky issued a letter to a large loan servicer institution regarding its systems and processes, most significantly the practice of backdating letters to borrowers. ...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Discusses Proposed Regulations

As the proposed BitLicense takes shape, New York regulators are engaging in discussions with industry players. On October 14, 2014 Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law organized a panel discussion as part of its Tech...more

New York DFS Superintendent Lawsky Comments On Virtual Currency and Bitcoin Regulation

On October 14, Superintendent Lawsky delivered remarks on virtual currency and Bitcoin regulation in New York City. Specifically, Lawsky addressed the comments received in connection with the DFS’s July 17 proposal to...more

N.Y. Department of Financial Services Sued for Access to Documents Pertaining to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

A consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) recently filed a petition in New York state court against the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky. The lawsuit...more

Florida Modifies Its Annuity Suitability Rule

On October 1, the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) amended Florida Administrative Code Rule 69B-162.011, "Suitability and Disclosures in Annuity Contracts – Forms Required" (the Suitability Rule). This amendment...more

Second Circuit Denies Injunctive Relief to Tribe-Owned Online Lenders Seeking Protection From New York State Regulator

On October 1, the Second Circuit affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction sought by Native American online lenders that would have prevented the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) from restricting...more

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

NYDFS Enters Settlement Agreement With PwC Under Which PwC Pays $25 Million Fine, Accepts 24-Month Consulting Suspension and Will...

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) related to consulting services performed by PwC for the...more

Florida DFS Unclaimed Property Grab “Clearly Erroneous”

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal filed an opinion yesterday in Thrivent Financial for Lutheran’s appeal from a declaratory statement issued by the Florida Department of Financial Services interpreting Florida’s...more

New York Virtual Currency Proposal Could Capture Bank Products, Card Rewards Programs

On July 17, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed a rule intended to govern the virtual currency marketplace. The proposed rule is extremely broad and as currently drafted would appear to capture...more

The NYS Department of Financial Services Throws in Its “Two Bits” on Bitcoins

On July 17, 2014, New York State’s Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. Because the leading virtual currency is known as “Bitcoin,” the...more

Will NY’s BitLicense Stifle an Industry (or Just Relocate it)?

The New York Department of Financial Services riveted the attention of the virtual currency world (and just about everyone else involved with digital financial services), with its July 17 proposal to issue licenses for...more

New York Department Of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) Adopts Emergency Regulation Regarding Excess Line Placements Governing...

The Emergency Regulation, effective April 21, 2014, conforms 11 NYCRR 27 to the requirements of the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010 (“NRRA”). The amendments make the following changes to Insurance Regulation...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Proposed Regulations

As the first of their kind, the proposed regulations may add legitimacy to virtual currencies, but the new regulatory regime could stifle innovation and development. On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposed Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) proposed a regulatory framework for persons that engage in virtual currency activities involving New York (the “BitLicense Proposal”). In...more

New York Issues Proposed Bitcoin Regulations

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued proposed regulations delineating a license process for certain businesses involved in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies (Proposed Rules). The...more

New York Adopts Shared Appreciation Mortgage Regulations

On July 9, the New York DFS announced that it finalized a rule that allows for shared appreciation mortgage modifications, which permit banks and mortgage servicers to reduce the amount of principal outstanding on a...more

Are the DFS’ latest debt collection rules a harbinger of things to come?

In May, we wrote that the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) would soon be issuing revised debt collection regulations for debt buyers and third party debt collectors. On July 16, the DFS released the revised...more

N.Y. Department of Financial Services Issues Revised Proposed Debt Collection Rules

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued revised proposed debt collection regulations, which have important implications concerning charged-off and time-barred debt, for third-party debt collectors...more

“Next Step” in New York’s Fight Against Payday Lenders: Adding Banks to the Team

Continuing the fight against payday lenders, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a new database and the cooperation of Bank of America, which will work with the state’s Department of Financial Services...more

Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty to DOJ Charge of Conspiracy to Aid Tax Evasion; FRB and NYDFS Take Related Actions

As widely reported in the financial press, Credit Suisse AG (“Credit Suisse”), a large Swiss bank that maintains a branch and other offices in the United States pleaded guilty to the felony of conspiracy to aid tax evasion by...more

New York Department of Financial Services Plans to Expand Investigation of Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

In a speech delivered to the Mortgage Bankers Association 2014 National Secondary Market Conference, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, targeted nonbank mortgage servicers with...more

New York DFS: Nonbank Servicers Can Expect Increased Scrutiny

New York's top financial regulator plans to aggressively expand his agency’s investigation into nonbank servicers and the firms' affiliates that provide ancillary services. Speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association's...more

New York Plans Targeted Bank Cybersecurity Examinations

On May 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a report on bank cybersecurity preparedness and directed the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) to conduct targeted cybersecurity preparedness assessments...more

The NY DFS, the NY Attorney General and the CFPB: What’s in store for the CFS industry

Wednesday night , Joy Feigenbaum , the New York Department of Financial Services’ (“DFS”) executive deputy superintendent, and Jane Aziza, the Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection at the New York Attorney...more

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