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California Supreme Court to Decide Key Finance Lender Law Usury and Unconscionability Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Although the California Finance Lenders Law (the CFLL) does not limit the interest rates that may be charged on loans of $2,500 or more, Section 22302 of the law expressly states that loans made under the CFLL may be held...more

LIBOR Replacement Plans Bring Regulatory Considerations for Derivatives

Plans to end the long reign of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as one of the world's most often-used interest rate benchmarks have recently been confirmed by several top financial regulators. On July 27, 2017,...more

Defense Dept. rejects trade group’s request for extension of Oct. 3 MLA compliance date for credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Defense (DoD) is reported to have rejected the request of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) to extend the October 3, 2017 date for credit card compliance with the Military...more

Preparing for the End of LIBOR

by Barley Snyder on

The U.K. Financial Conduct Authority has stated it intends to phase out the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) by the end of 2021. LIBOR is used regularly as an interest rate index in variable rate loans, and is the...more

The Uncertain Future of LIBOR

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Each business day, shortly before 12:00 p.m. London time, the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, is published. The rate, which is the average of up to 20 banks’ estimates of the interest rate at which they can borrow...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

Minnesota Supreme Court rules schools needed lending license to make student loans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently ruled that two for-profit postsecondary education schools had charged usurious interest rates on student loans and could not charge rates greater than 8% without obtaining a lending...more

The End of LIBOR: What’s Next for Lenders and Borrowers?

by Liskow & Lewis on

According to Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, will be phased out and abandoned by the end of 2021. This phase out will put lenders and borrowers in a tricky situation as...more

Real Estate Finance: Massachusetts

by WilmerHale on

A Q&A guide to real estate finance law for borrowers and lenders in Massachusetts. This Q&A addresses state laws relating to security instruments, usury laws, limitations on personal liability, recording requirements and...more

LIBOR Replacements Take Shape as LIBOR’s Days Are Numbered

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced that it plans to phase out LIBOR by the end of 2021. The announcement was made in a speech by Andrew Bailey, the chief executive of the FCA, at a conference in London...more

The Phase-out of LIBOR and Implementation of Alternative Reference Rates

We wanted to bring to your attention that Andrew Bailey of the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced last Thursday that he wants LIBOR phased out by the end of 2021 (when the FCA will stop requiring LIBOR rate...more

LIBOR To Disappear

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In case you missed it last week, The Wall Street Journal and others reported (sub. req.) that the rate index LIBOR is going to be discontinued by the end of 2021. LIBOR has been the base index for most all variable rate...more

LIBOR Criminal Convictions Reversed – The Perils of Global Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

The growth of global enforcement systems raises important policy issues and risks for enforcement authorities. In an interesting case, US v. Allen and Conti, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed criminal convictions...more

Wealth Management Update - July 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

August Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The August § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs and...more

Banks Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Customers in Relation to Interest Rate Hedging Products Review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Court of Appeal has held that banks do not owe a duty of care in tort to their customers when carrying out a swaps misselling review required by the banks’ agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”). The...more

Senate bill introduced to override Madden decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democratic Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill, S.1642, that would override the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding. (In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans from a...more

LIBOR Set for Elimination in 2021

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the interest rate tied to trillions of dollars in loans and other financial products, will be eliminated by the end of 2021. British regulators announced the timeline on Thursday,...more

A primer for contractors: Getting paid -- fact or fiction?

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

As a contractor, getting paid for work completed isn't always as easy as collecting onsite or sending an invoice. Hellmuth & Johnson construction law attorney Blake Nelson answers fact or fiction when it comes to collections,...more

Sub-Prime Auto Loan Delinquencies Continue to Rise, but Experts Provide Divergent Views of Impact

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Nearly one year ago, we wrote about auto loan delinquencies’ potential impact on the automotive industry. Now, car sales are falling and auto loan delinquencies are making headlines again, with a growing number of subprime...more

The Effects of a Creditor’s Non-Participation in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Although not required for the res judicata analysis, the court also found that Montanaro received constitutionally sufficient notice of the debtor’s bankruptcy, the plan, and confirmation order to be bound by the plan’s...more

The End of Days (Or At Least LIBOR)

by Dechert LLP on

You know, sometimes life’s problems smack you against the side of the head like a 2×4, and sometimes it’s just a multiplicity of middling offenses that become so annoying that you might just want to roll over and die. Think...more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

Convictions reversed in LIBOR case

On July 19, 2017, in United States v. Allen, et al. (16-cr-98) (Cabranes, Pooler, Lynch), the Second Circuit issued a decision reversing the convictions of defendants Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti for wire fraud and...more

House Appropriations Committee approves bill making CFPB reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This past Thursday, by a  vote of 31-21, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  In addition to multiple provisions to reform the CFPB,...more

Indiana Tax Court Allows Deductions for Interest Paid on Intercompany Loans and Holds That Gain from Sale of Partnership Was...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 11, 2017, the Indiana Tax Court released a decision in E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company v. Indiana Department of State Revenue. The Tax Court held that the Indiana Department of Revenue had improperly reclassified...more

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