Military Service Members

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New York AG Schneiderman Settles with Auto Dealers Over Alleged Deceptive Auto Advertising

On July 14, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced two settlements with auto dealers over allegedly deceptive advertising practices. The first settlement was reached with a White Plains-based auto dealer that...more

CFPB settles action against provider of student financial aid assistance

The CFPB has announced a proposed settlement with Student Financial Aid Services, Inc. (SFAS) to resolve charges that the company engaged in unlawful sales and billing practices in connection with offering fee-based financial...more

Department of Defense Issues Final Rule Expanding Military Lending Act to Credit Cards and Other Consumer Lending Products

On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) announced the final rule amending the Military Lending Act’s (“MLA”) implementing regulations. The changes apply the MLA’s strict lending restrictions to consumer...more

DOD Adopts Sweeping Changes to Rules Implementing Military Lending Act Provisions

On July 21, 2015, the Department of Defense (DOD) adopted sweeping changes to its rules that implement the Military Lending Act (MLA). The amended rules significantly expand the scope of the MLA provisions by covering both...more

CFPB sends warning letters on military allotment practices

The CFPB announced that it sent warning letters this month to several companies that sell retail goods to military servicemembers regarding their acceptance of payments made through military allotments. The military...more

Rhode Island Modifies its Fair Housing Practices Act to Include Military Status Under Discrimination Protections

On July 9, Governor Raimondo signed S.0241, which amends the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act to include discrimination based on a person’s military status as a prohibited and unlawful housing and credit granting...more

New York Limits Interest Rates on Loans to New York-based Military Personnel

Since 2005, banks have continued to provide certain military service members with loans that require payment of interest far beyond the 16% New York state cap under what has become known as the “Fort Drum Loophole.” The...more

CFPB Shifts Focus to Auto Lending Industry

Auto lenders and servicers be advised: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) turns its lonely eyes to you. On June 17, 2015, the CFPB brought an action in the Southern District of Ohio against Security National...more

CFPB Report Details Ongoing Challenges Between Servicemembers and Student Loan Servicers

On July 7, the CFPB released a report detailing the continued challenges military servicemembers experience related to the servicing of their student loans, particularly when trying to invoke certain rights granted under the...more

CFPB Turns Focus to Student Loans to Servicemembers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a report highlighting the difficulties military personnel encounter when dealing with servicers of student loans....more

CFPB issues new report on servicemember student loans

A new CFPB report entitled “Overseas & Underserved: Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to Our Men and Women in Uniform” contains the CFPB’s findings regarding student loan servicing problems faced by...more

An Immigration Story

I have never used this Newsletter to express my views outside taxation issues, but current events have caused me to change my approach for this single occasion. Please allow this indulgence. Just after American...more

Proposed New Legislation Would Extend CFPB Oversight Over SCRA

On June 11, 2015, Sen. Jack Reed [D-RI] introduced a bill amending the Consumer Financial Protection Act to extend CFPB oversight and protection to include key provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The...more

DOL Revises Forms to Comply With EEOC Guidance Regarding GINA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued five new Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification forms. When the DOL issued its March 2013 revision to the FMLA regulations, its primary purpose was to address the...more

Construction & Land Use Newsletter - June 2015

In This Issue: - Fairfax County's Plans for the Route 1 Corridor - A Patriotic Partnership: The Construction Industry and the Military - Excerpt from Fairfax County's Plans for the Route 1 Corridor: On May...more

A Patriotic Partnership: The Construction Industry and the Military

Richmond-based Hourigan Construction has begun work on Phase One of the Marine Security Force Regiment headquarters and compound at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA. The new facilities will include a regimental...more

Bribery & Corruption in the Military. A Front-Line View (Part II) [Video]

In the second part of my interview on "The Heat" via CCTV, I discuss the temptations that front-line personnel face when dealing with overseas militaries, particularly, procurement personnel. I share how the touch points...more

Department of Education Releases Reports on SCRA Reviews of Major Student Loan Servicers

On May 26, the Department of Education announced the release of reports on its reviews of four major federal student loan servicers, which were conducted to ensure that the servicers adhered to federal law concerning loan...more

DOL Publishes New FMLA Forms -- Good Through May 2018

Those sneaky little rascals! While the rest of us were enjoying our Memorial Day holiday, those crazy kids over at the Department of Labor were still working away. This time, they were busy posting the new model FMLA notices...more

The Basic Steps for an Employer to Comply with the Uniformed Services Leave Act

Since the law has been on the books for over a decade, most employers know that employees serving in our armed services who are called to active or reserve duty are entitled to job reinstatement, within certain parameters,...more

CFPB: Military Allotment Processor to Pay More Than $3M

Why it matters - A military allotment processor will pay $3.065 million for charging servicemembers millions of dollars in hidden, recurring fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced. Fort...more

Indiana Enacts Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

On May 4, Indiana Governor Michael Pence signed H.B. 1456 into law, amending the state’s civil relief act to include protections for servicemembers under the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)....more

CFPB Publishes Information Regarding Servicemembers’ Complaints

On April 27, the CFPB published a report regarding the trend of recent complaints submitted to the Bureau by Servicemembers entitled, A Snapshot of Complaints Received from Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families....more

Proposed MLA expansion cleared to move forward

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee removed language from the draft Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed the finalization of rules proposed by the Department of Defense that...more

CFPB Tackles Payment Processor for Charging Servicemembers Hidden Fees, Orders Over $3 Million in Consumer Relief

On April 20, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a Kentucky-based third-party processor of military allotments and its subsidiary – together “Respondents” – for allegedly charging servicemembers millions of...more

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