European Free Trade Association

The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven... more +
The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven European Economic Community (EEC). The current member states of the EFTA are Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.   less -
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Brexit: Business as Usual for Competition Law and Enforcement

Although no changes will affect competition law and enforcement in the immediate future, the long-term implications of Brexit depend on the relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union....more

Brexit: Trade and Regulation Outlook

The UK vote to Brexit has material economic, financial, commercial, political, legal and social implications. Once the UK government has formally notified the European Council of its citizens’ decision to leave the EU, the UK...more

BREXIT – What does this mean for UK Data Protection law?

As the whole world now knows, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in its historic referendum on 23rd June by a vote of 51.9 percent in favour of “leave” to 48.1 in favour of “remain”. This blog focusses on how that...more

Brexit: What to Expect and How to Prepare for the ‘New Normal'

The U.K. has voted, in a popular referendum, to leave the EU. The referendum is not legally binding and the result was extremely narrow: 51.9 percent in favor of leaving, 48.1 percent in favor of remaining. This partly...more

Brexit: What Now?

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The vote is not legally binding but Prime Minister David Cameron has already acknowledged that the will of the people must be followed. We consider the key preliminary...more

Brexit: EU Later!

The UK vote to Brexit has material economic, financial, commercial, political, legal and social implications. Once the UK government has formally notified the European Council of its citizens’ decision to leave the EU, the UK...more

Blog: It’s #Brexit (for now). Can the UK leave the European Union, and stay in the single market?

The European Treaties and the Regulations and Directives made under them give UK-authorised financial services businesses the right to carry on their activities across the EU, on a cross-border services basis and through a...more

UK Votes to Leave the European Union: What Does it Mean for Fund Managers?

Following the so-called “Brexit” referendum held on 23 June 2016, the UK has narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU). This note briefly discusses the consequences of the vote to leave, with a particular focus on fund...more

“Nonbank” Lender Seeks Injunction Restraining CFPB Administrative Action

On May 9, 2016, Integrity Advance, LLC and its CEO James Carnes filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in United States District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to enjoin the CFPB from...more

FTC Provides 2015 Enforcement Report to CFPB

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided its annual report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2015 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in...more

Why Banks Should Pay Attention to the Payday Rule

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed regulations that, if implemented, will reshape the small-dollar lending environment. At the same time, bankers and purchase-money lenders exhaled a collective sigh...more

Vermont federal district court rules CFPA does not provide private right of action for alleged usurious loans; denies motion to...

A Vermont federal district court recently issued a decision ruling on the defendants’ motion to dismiss a class action involving allegations that an online tribal lending venture violated federal and state law because of...more

Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit Decision in Spokeo, Remands for Analysis of Concrete Harms

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo v. Robins, which posed the question of whether Article III standing requires a plaintiff to have a concrete injury when alleging a statutory violation under the...more

EFTA Court to Rule on The Interpretation of Restriction of Competition by Object

In Depth - On 19 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Norway asked the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court to provide an advisory opinion on the legal test required to qualify an agreement as restricting...more

Senate Legislation to Regulate Small-Dollar Loans and Prepaid Cards

On April 7, 2016, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the “Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act of 2016,” or “SAFE Lending Act of 2016,” amending the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Electronic Fund...more

Don’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth: Beware of Liability Under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

Many of us have had a similar experience. We receive a gift card, put it in a “safe” place with other gift cards, and forget it exists. Inevitably, we uncover the gift card and find ourselves asking questions such as: Does...more

"Brexit Bites": Employment Law Implications

Although much of the UK’s current employment law framework derives from the EU, it seems unlikely that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in significant legal changes, at least in the short term. There are several reasons...more

2016 Data Breach Litigation Report

Data security breaches – and data security breach litigation – dominated the headlines in 2015 and continue to do so in 2016. Continuous widely publicized breaches have led to 30,000 articles a month being published that...more

Brexit: Options for and Impact of the Possible Alternatives to EU Membership

The UK is holding a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. There seems to be a disconnect between some aspects of public discourse on the vote and the actual effect of an...more

Brexit: What does it mean for companies doing business in the UK?

The fate of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union hangs in the balance. Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the...more

Brexit: what are the implications for employment law?

The possibility of a UK exit from the EU – colloquially known as a Brexit – is high on the political, business and media agenda. On 23 June the UK will hold an in/out referendum to determine whether we should remain a member...more

Bank Customers Who Did Not Report Unauthorized ElectronicTransfers for Two and a Half Years Denied Recovery

It is a common scenario faced by financial institutions on a regular basis: a customer alleges that electronic transfers from his account were unauthorized and demands that the institution re-credit the amount to his account....more

FTC Touts Record Yield in Payday Lending Case

Why it matters - A pair of online payday lenders will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $4.4 million to settle charges that they tricked consumers by failing to disclose inflated fees in what the agency said was...more

Federal court issues mixed ruling on PA AG’s Dodd-Frank UDAAP claim based on alleged “rent-a-bank” and “rent-a-tribe” schemes

An attempt by the Pennsylvania Attorney General to use her Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority recently met with only partial success in Pennsylvania federal district court. Section 1042 allows state attorneys general and...more

CFPB Warns About "Heightened Risk" of In-Person Debt Collections, Settles Case Against Lender for $10.5 Million

Why it matters - In conjunction with the announcement of a $10.5 million agreement with a lender that allegedly engaged in illegal debt collection practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a...more

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