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Whistleblowers Now Actually Have to Report to The SEC For Dodd-Frank Protection

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that protect whistleblowers from being fired, demoted, or harassed by their employers...more

Issuers of Tokens Beware: Class Action Lawsuits Are Coming

by Polsinelli on

Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, were an extremely popular way of raising capital in exchange for crypto tokens in 2017 and have led to class action litigation in 2017 and 2018. While ICOs have been around since 2013, they...more

Third Circuit Analyzes Standing for ERISA Plan Management Claims

A recent Third Circuit decision reinforced the need for ERISA plaintiffs to plead injury-in-fact to establish Article III standing. In Krauter v. Siemens Corp., No. 17-1662, 2018 WL 921542 (3d Cir. Feb. 16, 2018), the...more

DC Circuit Court Newsflash: “Transfer” means “Transfer”

by Dechert LLP on

In an eagerly anticipated (and much speculated upon) decision, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“DC Circuit Court”) issued a unanimous opinion on Friday, February...more

Third Circuit Deepens Circuit Split Over Test for “Top Hat” Status Under ERISA

A Third Circuit decision, Sikora v. UPMC, 876 F.3d 110 (3d Cir. 2017), deepens a circuit split over whether a participant’s bargaining power is relevant to determining whether a plan qualifies for “top hat” status under...more

DOJ to Take Closer Look at Fairness of Proposed Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has exercised its authority under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) to file an objection to a proposed settlement of a consumer class action....more

Fourth Circuit Asked to Rule on Whether Mortgage Retroactively Incorporates Federal Servicing Requirements

A recent appeal to the Fourth Circuit may shed light on whether Virginia borrowers can assert federal mortgage servicing requirements as a defense to foreclosure when the mortgage instrument pre-dates the federal requirement....more

PA Corrupt Organizations Act Claims against “Rent-a-Bank” Loan Investors Dismissed

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently dismissed Pennsylvania Corrupt Organizations Act claims against an investor and its affiliate for their involvement with high-interest consumer loans...more

State AGs urge SCOTUS to review Ninth Circuit cy pres class action settlement decision; DOJ to step up CAFA class action...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bipartisan group of 16 state attorneys general has filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision upholding the district court’s approval of a...more

Northern District of Illinois Reaffirms That State Court Procedural Missteps Alone Are Insufficient to Sustain a Claim Under the...

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 15, 2018, Judge Harry D. Leinenweber of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois reaffirmed that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not provide borrowers with a...more

Transfer by a Non-Debtor is not a Fraudulent Transfer under DUFTA

by Morris James LLP on

Cystallex Int'l Corp. v. Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. et al., 879 F.3d 79 (3d Cir. 2018). As a matter of law, a transfer by a non-debtor cannot be a fraudulent transfer under the Delaware Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act...more

Church Provides No Sanctuary: Sixth Circuit’s FDCPA Decision May Breathe New Life into TCPA Spokeo Arguments

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A number of Circuit Courts of Appeal have addressed Spokeo challenges to consumer protection statutes in the 646 days (and counting) since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, ––– U.S. ––––, 136 S. Ct....more

Michigan to Enact the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act

by Miller Canfield on

A commercial real estate receiver’s powers will be clarified when Michigan’s Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act (the “Act”) becomes effective in May. The legislation, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Feb. 6, 2018,...more

Court Dismisses Credit Union’s Challenge to Mulvaney’s Appointment

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A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a New York credit union that challenged the President’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the Acting Director of the CFPB. The credit union had sought a declaratory judgment...more

Court Rejects Claim That Mortgage Lender Owed Fiduciary Duties To Borrower And Addressed The Discovery Rule For The Statute of...

by Winstead PC on

In Wakefield v. Bank of Am., N.A., a borrower stopped paying on her mortgage because she felt she was assisting in a fraud. No. 14-16-00580-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 545 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] January 18, 2018, no...more

Georgia Supreme Court Clarifies Insurance Company Is Not ‘Financial Institution’ In Garnishment Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An insurance company named as a garnishee in a garnishment action is not a “financial institution” under Georgia’s garnishment statute when the garnishment is seeking earnings owed to its current or former employees....more

BitConnect Promoters Targeted in Class Action Suits, Twice in One Week

BitConnect International, PLC had a somewhat unique business model, even for an industry known for its unconventional nature. On its face, BitConnect functioned as an exchange. However, the real purpose of the platform, and...more

Passive Investors in Payday Lending Operations Get Partial Reprieve

While tossing certain claims brought by Pennsylvania’s attorney general, a federal judge denied part of a motion to dismiss brought by online short-term lenders in an action accusing them of “renting” Native American tribes...more

Court Agrees, Agencies Overstepped Their Authority. What’s Next for CLO Managers?

by White & Case LLP on

Recent Developments in the Application of US Risk Retention to CLOs - On February 9, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the "DC Circuit Court") issued an opinion addressing...more

Federal District Court Dismisses Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Lawsuit

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On February 14, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan issued a decision dismissing a complaint brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, that...more

Spokeo IV: Cert Denied and the Circuit Splits Left Behind

by Bryan Cave on

On January 22, 2018, the United States Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Spokeo v. Robins – bringing an end to an appellate saga that started in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before heading up to...more

Court of Appeals Decision: Managers of Open-Market CLOs Not Subject to Dodd-Frank Risk Retention

On February 9, 2018, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (“LSTA”) in its lawsuit against the...more

Pierre v. Midland Credit: Three Significant Lessons for Debt Collectors

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 5, 2018, debt collectors took a significant defeat in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Pierre v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., 1:16-cv-02895. Judge Henry D. Leinenweber...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Joseph Siegelman Declares Candidacy for Alabama Attorney General- Democrat Joseph Siegelman, a Birmingham personal injury attorney and the son of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, announced...more

CFPB Issues a Request for Information Regarding Administrative Adjudications

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The CFPB has issued a Request for Information, seeking comments from the public regarding how it might better improve its administrative adjudication processes, including the Rules of Practice for Adjudication Proceedings...more

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