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CFPB Orders Auto Financer to Pay $48.3M for Misleading Borrowers

On September 30, 2015, the CFPB ordered an indirect auto lending company and its auto lending subsidiary to pay $48.3 million in fines for alleged FDCPA, TILA, and UDAAP violations. The CFPB alleges that the companies...more

The World Bank: Confronting Poverty without Corruption

I was recently reading an article about a former UN consultant who was convicted and sentenced for conspiring to inflate prices for a UN contract to distribute pharmaceuticals to the DNC. As part of the investigation, e-mail...more

The Consumer Rights Act 2015: what businesses in the UK need to know

The legal relationship between business and the consumer will be fundamentally reshaped by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (CRA), the key sections of which came into force on 1 October 2015. This important piece of...more

A Solution for Evolution in the Trademark Arena

The USPTO’s Welcome Initiative for Technology-Driven Changes in Registered Trademark Use. Under a pilot program announced by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on September 1, 2015, trademark owners...more

New Opportunities in Cross-Border Special Situations Lending

Recent changes in cross-border leveraged loan documentation requirements open up new possibilities for both borrowers and lenders. Cross-border leveraged loan documentation has become increasingly permissive with respect...more

The CSBS Finalizes Model Framework for Virtual Currencies

On September 15, 2015, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) issued its final Model Regulatory Framework on virtual currency activities (“Final Framework”). The Final Framework follows the CSBS’s December 2014...more

Take Steps Now to Prepare for eDiscovery to Save Money Later

eDiscovery lawyers like to say that a company’s first significant ediscovery matter will be their most expensive one. That’s because most companies don’t take the proactive steps that can minimize their exposure to ediscovery...more

Copyright Strategies for Start-Up Companies

As a leader of a start-up company, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your company’s innovative products, services and technologies through patent filings. If you are savvy, you are also aware of the...more

SEC Charges Investment Adviser With Failure to Adopt Proper Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

A registered investment adviser agreed to settle SEC charges that it failed to adopt adequate cybersecurity policies and procedures reasonably designed to protect customer records and information as required by Rule 30(a) of...more

SEC Announces Cybersecurity Enforcement Action

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a St. Louis-based registered investment adviser (Adviser) brought under Rule 30(a) of Regulation...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...more

New Temporary Regulations Narrow the Application of the Subpart F Active Rents and Royalties Exception

On September 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Temporary Regulation § 1.954-2T concluding that third party arrangements cannot be taken into account for...more

TCPA Connect - September 2015

No Need to Wait for the U.S. Supreme Court—Seventh Circuit Rules on Mooting Offers in TCPA Suits - The latest court to weigh in on an offer of judgment in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Suit: the Seventh Circuit...more

SEC Provides Additional Information On Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, the Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a Risk Alert to provide additional information on the areas of focus for its second round of...more

OCIE’s 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative

Second Round of Cybersecurity Examinations to Begin - On September 15, 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Risk Alert announcing a...more

Recent Enforcement Shows the Importance of Encrypting Mobile Devices Containing Protected Health Information

With headlines every day announcing another release of Protected Health Information (PHI), providers are asking themselves – is there a way to protect against these breaches? Beyond improving the security of large...more

Keeping it Basic: NJ Supreme Court Limits Amount Owed to Innocent Third Parties

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that an automobile insurer must pay an innocent third party the contracted $10,000 amount of basic coverage following an auto accident involving the insured’s vehicle, despite that...more

Cybersecurity, Round 2: OCIE Announces Areas of Focus for Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, OCIE issued a risk alert relating to its new cybersecurity examination initiative. This is the second round of these examinations, and the alert provides a detailed look at OCIE’s current areas of...more

China Promulgates Tougher Criminal Provisions Governing Data Privacy

One of the more dramatic privacy law developments in China in 2014 was the August criminal conviction of foreign nationals Peter Humphrey and Yu Yingzeng for their violation of Article 253 of the Criminal Law (??) associated...more

Second Circuit Reinstates Mental Health Parity Case Against UnitedHealth

In late August the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated a lawsuit by a physician association against a third-party plan administrator. The case against UnitedHealth Group and related entities (United) had...more

SEC and DOJ Hacking Prosecutions Highlight SEC’s Increased Interest in Cybersecurity Risks

Companies are reminded of the need for strong internal controls. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed civil and criminal actions in the largest hacking and...more

Japan – New ID Number Law: Key Aspects of the My Number Act

The Social Security and Tax Number (“My Number”) System (the “System”) will go into effect in January 2016, and the government will start distributing My Numbers to all citizens in October 2015. The Act on the Use of Numbers...more

Third Party Successfully Challenges Arbitral Award

Introduction - In France, a procedure exists whereby a third party (X) affected by a judgement between two other parties (Y,Z), may challenge that judgement by way of third party action (tierce opposition), where that...more

Wanted: Brand Deputies at the MN State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair continues to provide endless blog fodder for those who care about intellectual property. Last week, we wrote about a State Fair vendor concerned about its claimed, but unarticulated “intellectual...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Expanding Whistleblower Protection - Recent Senate Bill Represents Big Changes"

A new bill unanimously passed the U.S. Senate in July that could make it significantly more difficult for general counsel when considering whether to self-report antitrust issues. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act...more

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