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Have You Considered A Reverse Mortgage?

Are you at least 62 years of age and have 50% or more equity in your primary residence? Then the reverse mortgage, also referred to as a home equity conversion mortgage, is something you might want to think about. Reverse...more

Construction Briefing - Legal changes affecting construction businesses from 1 October 2015

1 October 2015 ushers in a number of legal changes which affect construction businesses operating in the UK. We have provided brief highlights of some of the changes below. If you need further information, please contact us...more

Employer liability relating to fees in employer-sponsored retirement and savings plans

Employers who sponsor retirement and savings plans for their employees should ensure that the fees paid by their employees within the plans are reasonable and adequately disclosed.  Lawsuits in the U.S., and a recent...more

CFPB and DOJ Take Action Against Fifth Third Bank

On September 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate actions against Fifth Third Bank. The first action—brought only by the CFPB—relates to Fifth Third Bank’s marketing of credit card...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

Crowdfunding for Real Estate - Buyer Beware

Much has been made in the press lately about online crowdfunding websites that allow people to contribute money to fund business start-ups in exchange for rewards such as a copy of the finished work, a special invite to a...more

FCA consults on PSR regulatory fees

FCA has issued a consultation concerning the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR). The paper sets out the final approach to allocating and setting fee levels for each regulated payment system. It also includes further consultation...more

Blog: SEC Reduces Fee Rates For Fiscal 2016

The SEC has announced that the fee for registration of securities and certain other transactions in fiscal 2016 will be $100.70 per million dollars. Under Dodd-Frank, the annual rate changes must take effect on the first day...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms District Court on Remand in Jones v. Harris Associates

In Jones v. Harris Associates L.P., the Supreme Court adopted the Gartenberg standard for cases brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940: “[T]o face liability... an investment adviser must charge a...more

FDA Announces 2016 Medical Device Fees

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a notice announcing the fiscal year (FY) 2016 medical device user fees, which apply to, among other things, applications for medical device approval. The National Law...more

Seventh Circuit Issues Excessive Fee Decision In Harris Case

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on August 6, 2015, in the case of Jones v. Harris Associates L.P. on remand from the United States Supreme Court. The case was actually remanded to the Circuit Court in...more

SEC Brings Heightened Scrutiny to the Real Estate Fund Industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has expanded its focus on private equity funds to ancillary asset classes, including specifically private equity real estate funds, with its Private Funds Unit (“PFU”) undertaking...more

Connecticut Increases Probate Court Fees for Certain Estates

Connecticut recently enacted legislation that substantially increases probate court fees for certain estates of Connecticut residents dying on or after January 1, 2015. Given that several of you have asked how these changes...more

FDA Announces Medical Device User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2016

Earlier this week, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 46033) announcing the fee rates and payment procedures for medical device user fees for fiscal year (FY)...more

No Fees For You: Second Circuit Holds Expert Fees Are Not Recoverable Under FLSA

Expert witness fees are not recoverable under the FLSA. So held the Second Circuit in a decision that highlights a strategy we have previously discussed for employers to fend off class/collective actions....more

UK Government Makes Moves in the Employment Space

The Conservative Government has settled in and turned its attention to the world of employment law. We update you below on five of its key moves. 1. Gender Pay Gap Reporting - The Government will enact legislation...more

Stressing Value is better than Stressing Cost

Retirement plan providers need to look at their fees and determining what work they are doing for their retirement plan clients because like me, they may try to break down their plan expenses into a day rate and try to figure...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Addressing Management Fee Waivers

Certain arrangements would be recharacterized as ordinary income, rather than as distributive shares of partnership income. On July 22, 2015, the US Treasury Department and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released...more

Delaware Supreme Court Adopts Rules to Streamline Arbitrations Under the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (“DRAA”), effective May 2, 2015, creates a streamlined arbitration process resulting in swift, confidential, and cost-effective resolutions of business disputes. This arbitration process...more

Analysis: Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Participant Investment Advice

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact on the investment recommendations to participants of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and to...more

FTC Comment: Minnesota Law Requiring Public Disclosure of Health Care Contract Data Increases Risk of Anticompetitive Behavior

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to a request for comment from two Minnesota state legislators concerning recently enacted amendments to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA). Under...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of “Predominance” Class: The Long Arm of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Does Not Reach...

In 2012, California resident Ronald Perras brought suit in federal district court against H&R Block and its affiliates (H&R), which are headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Perras alleged that H&R violated the Missouri...more

Can I Pay with a Card? – Proposed Restrictions on NY Employers’ Use of Payroll Cards

Payroll cards (i.e., debit cards onto which employee wages can be loaded) provide an alternative to more traditional forms of wage payment such as paper checks or direct deposit. Payroll card programs can offer cost-saving...more

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Public Sector Union Fees for Non-Members

On June 30, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a long-awaited challenge to the practice of allowing unions to collect fees from public sector employees who do not wish to be union members. In the more than 20...more

California Supreme Court Grants Review in San Buenaventura Groundwater Pumping Fees Case

Appellate Court Decision Held that the Pumping Fee is Subject to Prop. 26 and is not a Property-Related Fee Subject to Prop. 218 - Two California Appellate Court decisions handed down in March addressed whether or not...more

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