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Banking Trade Associations Urge Senate Leaders to Pass Regulatory Relief Legislation for Community Institutions

On September 8, four trade associations representing 14,000 financial institutions – the American Bankers Association, the Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, and the National...more

CFPB Readies Guidance to Help Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

On July 13, CFPB Director Richard Cordray delivered remarks at the White House Conference on Aging, expressing the need to protect older consumers in light of recent studies that have found that financial exploitation is the...more

Belgian FSMA Consultation On Marketing Materials For Financial Products Distributed To Non-Professional Clients – July 2015 Update

The Belgian FSMA has launched a consultation on the new rules on marketing materials for financial products distributed to retail clients, introduced by the Transversal Royal Decree....more

Versata: What's Technological and The New Rule Against Improvements

What Is a "technological invention"? The other part of the CBM definition at issue in Versata is the exclusion of a technological invention from the scope of CBM review. Correctly, the Court noted that the USPTO's...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

What You Need to Know About the FCC’s July 10th Declaratory Ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

A sharply divided FCC late Friday issued its anticipated TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order (the “Declaratory Ruling”). This document sets forth a range of new statutory and policy pronouncements that have broad implications...more

#AliceStorm: July is Hot, Hot, Hot…and Versata is Not, Not, Not

Part I: #AliceStorm and Versata - July invokes images of hot days, cool nights, and fireworks. When it comes to #Alicestorm, the fireworks are happening in the courts, with the Federal Circuit lighting up the sky....more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter - Italy: July 2015

1. Solvency II - Insurance Code Amended - Legislative Decree No. 74 of 12 May 2015 was published in the Official Gazette on 15 June 2015, which has made all necessary amendments to the Insurance Code in order to...more

CBM Review Threshold Met by the Intrinsic Record - Google Inc. et al. v., Inc.

Addressing threshold issues for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, in two recent related cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found each of the two patent cases eligible for CBM review,...more

The PTO Provides Additional Guidance for Meeting the “Financial Products or Services” Requirement for Instituting CBM Reviews -...

In a series of decisions addressing whether an abstract idea involves “financial product or service” in the context of covered business method (CBM) reviews, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found all of the...more

Net 1 Announces Closure of SEC FCPA Investigation

On June 8, Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc., a South Africa-based mobile payments company incorporated in Florida, announced that the SEC had closed a FCPA investigation arising out of a contract with the South African Social...more

Technological Invention Exception Key to Foiling CBM - Bloomberg Finance LP v. Quest Licensing Corporation; Apple Inc. v....

In four orders addressing the requirements for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)) found the “financial product or service”...more

Developing Sukuk into a Modern Financial Instrument

Global sukuk issuances are expected to reach US$175 billion in 2015, a 59 percent increase from 2014, and are projected to hit US$250 billion by 2020 according to a study published by Thomson Reuters. The anticipated surge in...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Proposed Regulations From Latest Title IV Program Integrity Rulemaking

On May 18, 2015, the Department of Education (the “Department”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) reflecting its proposed regulations on three of six topics that were part of its spring 2014 negotiated...more

Financial Product or Service Is Not Just for Financial Service Industry - Samsung Electronics v. Smartflash LLC; Motorola Mobility...

Addressing the requirements for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review in three decisions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) explained that the “financial...more

GB: Gambling Commission issues warning over “scam” binary options providers

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to consumers, designed to minimise the risk deriving from a current regulatory hiatus affecting binary options. ...more

Part 2: Sienkiewicz v Salisbury Group Ltd – Insurers denial of indemnity upheld

In October 2013, James Baird posted an article following the Federal Court’s decision to join insurers to a proceeding issued by the applicants (trustees Mr and Mrs Sienkiewicz and AT Melville Pty Ltd) against their former...more

Commercializing Financial Products to Retail Clients in Belgium

On 12 June 2014, the Royal Decree of 12 April 2014 regarding certain information requirements governing the commercialization of financial products to non-professional (retail) clients was published in the Belgian Official...more

United States Changes Policy on Cuba

As widely reported, President Obama announced on December 17, 2014, significant changes to U.S. policy relating to Cuba. The broad policy revisions include the following...more

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - December 2014

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview - Startup companies and financial products focused on bitcoin continue to burgeon, resulting in various regulators recently proposing regulations, making...more

New Channels of Economic Opportunity to Follow U.S.-Cuba Policy Changes

On December 17, President Obama announced sweeping changes to U.S.–Cuba policies that will usher in a new era in bilateral relations between the two countries. In the coming months, the United States will move to re-establish...more

CFPB announces pilot to promote consumer savings

As part of its Project Catalyst, the CFPB’s initiative for facilitating innovation in consumer-friendly financial products and services, the CFPB has announced a new research pilot using insights from behavioral economics and...more

NYS DFS Publishes All BitLicense Comments; California Considers Regulation

On December 3, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) published all 3,746 public comments it received on the proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework that would cover businesses participating in “virtual...more

IRS Provides Protection against Upcoming Change in Rollover Rules

Today, in Announcement 2014-32 (the "Announcement"), the Internal Revenue Service clarified the rules that will apply going forward when an owner of an individual retirement arrangement (IRA) seeks to roll over a distribution...more

What Is the Difference Between a 401(k) and an IRA?

The terms 401(k) and individual retirement account (IRA) are bandied about quite a bit when discussing retirement planning, but what are the actual differences between the two? The main distinction is that a 401(k) -- named...more

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