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Finally Certainty About Licensing SPVs Under the FCA Consumer Credit Regime

From 1 April 2014, responsibility for the regulation of consumer credit in the UK was transferred from the Office of Fair Trading (“OFT”) to the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), drawing certain activities relating to...more

California Amends Education Requirements for Mortgage Loan Originators

California recently amended its pre-licensing and continuing education requirements for mortgage loan originators (MLOs) licensed under the California Finance Lenders Law and the California Residential Lending Act. The...more

The Empire State Strikes Back: New York Proposes Rules for Virtual Currency

The New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) recently published its proposed rules and regulations (the “Proposed Rules”) for vendors conducting business involving virtual currency. The Proposed...more

Second Amendment Rights “Out the Door” in D.C.

Despite what might be implied by this article’s title, Second Amendment rights have actually expanded in D.C. recently. Last month, in Palmer v. District of Columbia __F. Supp.2d__ (2014); 2014 WL 3702854 (D.D.C. July 24,...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Implements New Russian Oil and Gas Sanctions

The sanctions directly affect companies involved in Russia's oil and gas industries by imposing new export license requirements....more

FERC tests 2-year hydropower licensing process

Licensing some new hydropower projects in the United States -- traditionally a lengthy process -- may soon become easier, as federal regulators have approved an experimental two-year process that may soon be used to license...more

Several New States Adopt the National SAFE MLO Test with Uniform State Component

New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Connecticut are the latest states to announce that they will be adopting the National SAFE Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) Test with Uniform State Content. The New York Department of Financial...more

California Law Restricting Non-Licensed Contractors’ Right to Recover for Unpaid Services Does Not Apply to Miller Act Claims

In a recent decision, the federal appellate court encompassing nine western states and two Pacific island jurisdictions held that a California law restricting the right of non-licensed contractors to recover for unpaid...more

NY Regulator Releases First Regulatory Framework For Virtual Currency

It happened: Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced the release of the DFS’s much-anticipated proposal for a BitLicense, stating “We have sought to strike an appropriate...more

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Proposed Regulations

As the first of their kind, the proposed regulations may add legitimacy to virtual currencies, but the new regulatory regime could stifle innovation and development. On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of...more

Rhode Island Adds Loan Servicer Licensing, Other Requirements

On July 8, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed HB 7997, which extends the state’s licensing requirements to include companies servicing a loan, directly or indirectly, as a third-party loan servicer. Under the...more

Regulation – a help or a hindrance to the UK shale industry?

DESPITE significant public opposition in the UK to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and shale gas development, there has been a upswing of activity and announcements in the first half of 2014. In May, the British...more

New York Proposes First State Bitcoin Regulations

One might have thought the biggest news in the digital currency world lately was Dell announcing that it was now accepting bitcoin. However, after a series of highly-publicized hearings in January, New York State rolled out...more

New Washington Rule Clarifies Authority to Issue Penalties Against TPAs

The Washington State Department of Health has promulgated a new rule clarifying the Department's authority to issue civil penalties against health carriers and third-party administrators. This rule, which is outside the...more

R. v. Nichols Gravel Ltd.: Appellate Jurisdiction on a Second Appeal from Provincial Offences Act Conviction

Whether appeals from Ontario Court of Justice decisions under the Provincial Offences Act are to be brought to the Court of Appeal or Superior Court depends on the procedural facts of the case. Justice Pardu of the Ontario...more

New York DFS Proposes First Comprehensive Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency Businesses

On July 17, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released the draft “BitLicense,” a proposed regulatory framework to license Virtual Currency Business Activity. The proposed regulations follow DFS...more

Cayman Islands Directors Registration and Licensing Law: CIMA Requires Registration or Licensing of Fund Directors by September 3...

Under the Cayman Islands Directors Registration and Licensing Law 2014 (the “Law”), beginning June 4, 2014 directors of (a) “mutual funds” regulated under the Cayman Islands Mutual Funds Law (2013 Revision) and (b) companies...more

Proposed “Bitlicense” Regulations Published to the New York Register

Today’s New York State Register includes a Notice of Proposed Rule Making from the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “NYSDFS”) regarding the regulation of virtual currency (“Regulation of the Conduct of...more

New York DFS Proposes Sweeping Virtual Currency Licensing Scheme

Yesterday, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) issued a proposed rule for public comment setting forth a novel and comprehensive “BitLicense” regulatory scheme for entities engaged in “Virtual Currency...more

Court of Appeal Ameliorates (a Bit) the "Harshness" of Business and Professions Code Section 7031

California courts have variously described Business and Professions Code section 7031 as “draconian,” “harsh[ ]“ and “[u]njust[ ],” but nonetheless enforceable. Section 7031 both prohibits unlicensed or improperly...more

Louisiana Amends Consumer Loan Licensing Requirements

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently signed HB 766 into law, which amends numerous provisions regulating creditors engaging in any consumer credit or deferred presentment transaction. Under the law, a creditor may not...more

U.S. Government Enters $21 Million Sanctions Settlement With Dutch Aviation Services Company Arising out of Voluntary...

The recent $21 million U.S. government sanctions settlement with Fokker Services BV (“Fokker”), a Dutch aerospace services provider, signifies an increasing appetite on the part of U.S. regulators to go after non-U.S....more

Michigan Supreme Court Holds Forwarding Companies Are Collection Agencies Subject To Licensing Rules

On June 13, the Michigan Supreme Court held that forwarding companies are collection agencies under state law and are subject to state licensing requirements. Badeen v. Par, Inc., No. 147150, 2014 WL 2686068 (Mich. Jun. 13,...more

Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Act 2014: Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament

The Statutory Instrument which sets out the transitional provisions for the new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (“Act”) has been published. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 (Transitional...more

Court Ruling Puts Massachusetts Casinos At Risk

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) released its decision in Abdow v. Attorney General, handing a victory to proponents of a Massachusetts electoral initiative that seeks the repeal of the Massachusetts...more

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