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IRS Releases November 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for November 2016 has remained at 1.6%. The November 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found below....more

European Banking Authority Publishes Final Guidelines on Corrections to Duration for Debt Instruments under Capital Requirements...

The European Banking Authority published final Guidelines on the correction required for the calculation of Modified Duration for debt instruments subject to prepayment risk under the Capital Requirements Regulation...more

Balancing the Equities: Default Interest Rate Adjusted as Bankruptcy Court Weighs in on Critical Issue

Can a bankruptcy court apply its equitable powers to adjust the default rate for post-petition interest owed to over-secured creditors? The Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico recently held that the Bankruptcy...more

Bank of England Consults on Reform of Sterling Overnight Index Average Interest Rate Benchmark

The Bank of England published a consultation paper on the Bank’s proposals to reform the Sterling Overnight Index Average Interest Rate Benchmark, known as SONIA. The Bank of England, which took over as administrator of SONIA...more

DOJ Settles Fair Lending Claims Based on Bank's Pricing Policy for Vehicle-Secured Loans

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a proposed consent order with Charter Bank to settle charges that the bank violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by discriminating on the basis of national origin...more

Wealth Management Update - October 2016

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

CFPB Brings Administrative Lawsuits Against Five Arizona Title Lenders

On September 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it filed five individual administrative lawsuits against Arizona title lenders. Each suit concerns allegations that the title lenders’...more

Rejecting "True Lender" Arguments, California District Court Dismisses Claims Against Student Loan Servicers

This past Thursday, September 22, a federal district court in the Central District of California dismissed an action raising usury claims against several student loan servicers, rejecting the plaintiffs' arguments based on...more

CFPB announces enforcement actions against auto title lenders

The CFPB announced that it has filed administrative enforcement actions against five Arizona auto title lenders for alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act advertising requirements. According to the CFPB, the lenders...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.22.16

As most expected, the Fed held rates steady yesterday. Though its divided FOMC and Chair Yellen’s comments about an improving economy seem to portend a rate hike before the end of the year....more

New True Lender Case Provides Support for the Bank Partnership Model

The court explicitly acknowledged that making it difficult for banks to assign or sell their commercial property to the secondary market impedes good public policy. On September 20, the U.S. District Court for the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

IRS Releases October 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for October 2016 has increased to 1.6%. The October 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found below....more

DoD Publishes Guidance on MLA Amendments

With the July 2015 amendments to the Military Lending Act (MLA) set to take effect on October 3, the Department of Defense (DoD) published an interpretive rule to help financial institutions achieve compliance with the...more

California District Court Delivers Payday Lending Usury Victory to the CFPB with Important Consequences for On-Line Lenders

On August 31, Judge Walter of the Central District of California entered summary judgment in favor of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) on its claims against CashCall, Inc. arising out of allegedly unfair and...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #2

FTC Gives Academic Journals a Failing Grade - The Federal Trade Commission recently filed suit against the publisher of online academic journals that the agency accused of deceiving academics and researchers. OMICS...more

CashCall Case Brings More Uncertainty to the True Lender Debate

The case provides an outline of issues to consider and structures to avoid in designing bank collaboration models in the future. On August 31, in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. CashCall, Inc., the U.S....more

Intra-Family Loans: An Estate Planning Strategy in a Low-Interest Rate Environment

In the current economic environment, IRS-prescribed monthly interest rates for certain intra-family transactions are at historic lows. As a result, an excellent opportunity exists to transfer wealth to lower generation family...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.8.16

In a move anticipated over the past year or so, Caliber Home Loans—with PE Lone Star Funds’ backing—is making more loans to “borrowers with spotty credit histories.” A euphemism for subprime, by the way. That targeting has...more

Arguing that CashCall was the "True Lender", CFPB Successfully Challenges High Interest Loan Program

On August 31, a federal district court in California ruled in favor of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on the application of "true lender" principles in the context of a tribal lending arrangement. The...more

Important New Guidance on Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

The Internal Revenue Service has issued important new guidance that can allow a charitable remainder annuity trust (CRAT) to qualify under Internal Revenue Code section 664 in a low-interest environment. Background...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

The Solicitor General Weighs in on Madden v. Midland

The Solicitor General’s brief argues the Second Circuit’s holding was incorrect, but does not recommend a grant of certiorari. On May 24, the U.S. Solicitor General and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

Fed Likely To Hold Steady on Interest Rates as New Jobs Fall Short of Expectations

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August employment statistics this morning. The numbers fell short of the 165,000 – 185,000 total non-farm job increases expected by markets. The BLS Release at 8:30 AM DST...more

CFPB Prevails On Summary Judgment Against CashCall, Inc.

On August 31, 2016, in a ground breaking decision, the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled that CashCall, Inc. violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act in connection with efforts to collect on certain...more

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