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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

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul (Updated)

by Cooley LLP on

Update: On August 2, 2017, the US Senate unanimously passed the Forever GI Bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the near term. (August 3, 2017) - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday,...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul

by Cooley LLP on

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday, July 24, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, colloquially deemed the “Forever GI...more

New York Paid Family Leave Law Regulations Become Effective

Regulations implementing the Paid Family Leave Act became effective on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. No substantive changes were made to the proposed regulations that were published back in May 2017....more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...more

Justice Department Settles with Michigan Credit Union for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it reached an agreement with Michigan-based COPOCO Community Credit Union to settle a lawsuit alleging that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil...more

Bill introduced to give CFPB SCRA enforcement authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a bill, the “Military Consumer Protection Act” (S. 1565), that would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) to include various sections of the Servicemembers Civil...more

Military Consumer Enforcement Act Introduced in Senate Seeks to Enhance SCRA Enforcement

Several U.S. Senators have introduced legislation for a Military Consumer Enforcement Act that would seek to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with the Servicemember...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Avoiding State Law Pitfalls (Part 2 of 4)

by Bryan Cave on

This is the second hypothetical in our series showing how well-intentioned employers can violate unfamiliar state laws. Scenario #2 - A manager of a Chicago, Illinois restaurant calls you regarding a long-term employee...more

Propoposed Bill Would Significantly Expand MLA Disclosure Requirements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We recently reported on a bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) that would amend the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) to require that creditors provide additional disclosures to...more

Proposed Bill Would Require Disclosures to Servicemembers Regarding Lower Cost Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On May 25, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) referred a bill to the House Committee on Armed Services titled the “Transparency in Military Lending Act of 2017.” ...more

Credit Card Issuers Get Ready – MLA in Full Effect October 3

by Baker Donelson on

Credit card issuers get ready; now is the time to make sure you are in compliance with the new requirements of the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amendments to the MLA expanded both the type of creditors it regulates and the...more

CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs Issues Annual Report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) has issued its fifth annual report to Congress addressing issues raised and complaints submitted by servicemembers, veterans, and their families....more

Dona Flor and Her Two Cadets - From Portuguese Class to the Trump White House

by Gerald Nowotny on

I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982. The Class of 1982 has done very well in the Army with many distinguished graduates. I am not one of them! No war was ever won or lost on my account. My class has...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Broadening USERRA’S Evidentiary Burden For Discrimination Claims

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, prohibits discrimination against members of the U.S. military and imposes various obligations on employers with respect...more

When Banks and SCRA Compliance Collide

by Conduent on

In the financial industry, non-compliance means violating or not complying with legal regulations, prescribed industry practices, internal governance, or ethical standards. Non-compliant behavior can have a major impact on...more

Air Force Security Clearance Files Compromised on Unsecured Backup Drive

Security researchers have discovered that an unsecured backup drive has compromised thousands of U.S. Air Force documents, including personnel files and sensitive forms filled out by senior and high-ranking officials. These...more

Limitations on Community Association Approval or Denial of Service Member Rental Applications

Effective July 1, 2016, § 83.683, Florida Statutes, requires landlords, condominium associations, cooperative associations and homeowners associations to process rental applications submitted by service members within seven...more

Mortgage Servicer Enters in to $225 Million Consent Order with California DBO

by Goodwin on

On February 17, 2017, the California Department of Business Oversight (California DBO) announced that it had entered in to a $225 million consent order with a national mortgage servicer following an investigation by a...more

MLA Website malfunction

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

According to an announcement posted on the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) Website, “[b]etween February 9, 2017 and February 15, 2017 there was a problem with MLA Multiple Record Requests that prevented 149 request files from...more

Federal District Court Rebuffs Attempt by Navy Sailors to Satisfy Judgment Against Republic of Sudan by Attaching Assets Held by...

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a victory to banks seeking to prevent judgment creditors from attaching assets “blocked” pursuant to Office of Foreign...more

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