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Supreme Court to Review Antitrust Suit Over AmEx Merchant Rules

by Bryan Cave on

The retail industry should have great interest in a case set to be decided the Supreme Court this term, the outcome of which will affect the terms and conditions of credit card acceptance for all merchants. The Supreme...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement FAST Act Mandate to Modernize and Simplify Disclosure - On October 11, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments "to modernize and simplify disclosure...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors names fintech advisory panel members

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has released a list of 33 companies that will serve as members of its Fintech Industry Advisory Panel. According to the CSBS, the Advisory Panel’s purpose is “to support state...more

CFPB releases consumer protection principles for consumer-authorized sharing of financial information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released a set of “Consumer Protection Principles” for participants “in the developing market for services based on the consumer-authorized use of financial data.”...more

Assignment of Receivables: A Step Forward for UK PLC and a Step Towards International Harmonisation

by Reed Smith on

The draft Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2017 (the “draft Regs”) have been published. Gone is the complexity of the original draft, and now we have a straightforward piece of legislation which...more

CFPB Issues Last-Minute Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

by Alston & Bird on

As we previously reported, on October 19, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing Rules (Final Rule). The Final Rule, weighing in at...more

Cybersecurity, Data Breaches Continue to Make Headlines

Cybersecurity continues to make headlines in the financial services industry, from the recent announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was targeted by hackers to final approval of the settlement in a...more

OCC Head Talks Changing Business Models, Madden Fix

Speaking at an industry event, Acting Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Keith Noreika discussed changing business models as well as the need for a “Madden fix.”...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board to meet Nov. 2

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board will be held in Tampa, Florida on November 2, 2017....more

Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Banking agencies identify key HMDA data fields

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The federal banking agencies have issued guidance to financial institutions on the key data fields under the revised Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rules that will be used to test and validate the accuracy and...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

CFPB further updates HMDA Rule guidance materials

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently posted on its website updated versions of guidance in connection with the revisions to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rules that become effective on January 1, 2018, and also posted a new guidance...more

CFPB provides update on HMDA platform

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In August 2017, we reported that the CFPB had given the mortgage industry a first look at the Internet-based platform it is developing for industry members to use to submit data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA)....more

Jump in Credit Scores Means Dip in Underwriting Predictability

by Carlton Fields on

Underwriters that rely on popular credit-scoring models like FICO and VantageScore to assess risk may have noticed that some consumer credit scores jumped recently. The nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax Inc.,...more

Oregon to Add Licenses to NMLS and Adopts Electronic Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on November 1, 2017, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation will accept applications for the Mortgage Servicer License and the Debt Buyer License on NMLS. The checklists for these licenses will be available here...more

Summary Judgment Win for Insurer in “Stable Value” Interest Rate Setting Case

by Carlton Fields on

In July, MetLife obtained a win in the Northern District of Illinois when the court granted summary judgment in its favor on a claim that it had breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing in setting interest rates for a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Representatives of the US’s biggest stock exchanges have questioned the SEC’s plan to change how markets work by altering the current “maker-taker” system and imposing new transparency and conflict-of-interest rules on...more

Noreika-Cordray Dispute Escalates as Senate Nears Vote on CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since last summer, Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika and CFPB Director Richard Cordray have exchanged polar-opposite views on whether the CFPB’s final arbitration rule should be repealed....more

Sticking Firmly to Contract Terms, Court Dismisses Premium and COI Overcharge Claims

by Carlton Fields on

In July, in Hancock v. Americo Financial Life & Annuity Co., Americo achieved a total victory on its motion to dismiss a putative class action in the Eastern District of North Carolina that challenged its premium and COI...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Highlights Potential Issues in Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Following a market investigation reference from the Financial Conduct Authority, the Competition and Markets Authority has published the issues statement for the market investigation it is carrying out into the supply of...more

A Ticking Clock: New York’s Pending Non-Guaranteed Elements Rule for Life Insurance and Annuity Products

by Carlton Fields on

The clock is ticking on the New York Department of Financial Services’ issuance of new Regulation 210 "Life Insurance and Annuity Non-Guaranteed Elements" (the Rule). ...more

Another Bumpy Week for Equifax: Virus Hits Website, IRS Suspends Contract and Hacked UK Residents Notified

It was another chaotic week for Equifax Inc., still scrambling to stem the torrent of bad news after its massive data breach last month that has potentially affected more than half of the U.S.’s adult population....more

Illinois Revises Residential Mortgage License Act Provisions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation adopted rules to repeal and amend parts of the Residential Mortgage License Act, including, but not limited to...more

More details on finance industry’s CFPB arbitration rule lawsuit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As promised previously, here are further details on the lawsuit filed by industry groups against the CFPB to overturn the final arbitration rule.  The complaint largely mirrors our heavy criticism of the rule. ...more

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