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Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

In Alabama: Lenders Must Strictly Comply with Notice Requirements

The Alabama Supreme Court recently released an opinion interpreting the pre-foreclosure notice requirements contained in paragraph 22 of the standard mortgage form. In short, strict compliance is required. The Court in Ex...more

States Oppose OCC’s proposed Fintech Charter

As part of its push to promote innovation in the financial services industry, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) plans to allow financial technology (“fintech”) companies to become special purpose national...more

Treasury Department Issues Guidance Intended to Ease Dollar-Denominated Foreign Transactions with Iran

The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) amended its guidance on Iranian sanctions to clarify that some transactions with Iran by non-U.S. institutions are permitted, provided that such...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies Mandatory Mediation Program Exemption – Holders Score a Washington Victory

The servicer community recently scored an important victory in an opinion issued by the en banc Washington Supreme Court. The decision — Brown v. Wash. State Dep’t. of Commerce, — clarifies the scope of the small lender...more

OFAC Continues to Pursue Sizable Settlement Amounts for Violations of U.S. Sanctions

Swiss banking giant UBS agreed to a $1.7 million settlement with The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 27, 2015 to resolve violations of U.S. sanctions. According to OFAC, the Swiss...more

9/1/2015  /  OFAC , Sanctions , Settlement , UBS

FinCEN Issues a Geographic Targeting Order for Miami-Area Businesses

A Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) is one of the major enforcement tools of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Such orders are issued under the authority of the Bank Secrecy Act and are used to impose stricter...more

NY Attorney General Settlement Portends a Major Shift in the Credit Reporting Industry

In March, the big three credit reporting bureaus entered into an agreement with the New York Attorney General that is a harbinger for regulation and reform outside of New York State. Because of the size of New York, many of...more

Relaxed Cuban Sanctions Change the Landscape of the Financial Services Industry

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published new federal regulations permitting certain types of previously prohibited transactions. Financial services organizations hoping to gain a foothold into the Cuban financial...more

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