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Tax Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Flow-Throughs Are the Answer to Everything

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

The tax reform bills introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate dramatically reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and create added incentives for taxpayers to invest capital into U.S. businesses with...more

How does Last Best Offer Interest Arbitration Work When The State Has Not Adopted Its Budget?

According to the State Department of Education, approximately 100 Connecticut school districts are scheduled to engage in negotiations with teacher and/or administrator bargaining units by the end of December, 2017. As those...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo has reportedly uncovered another trove of unauthorized accounts, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. The bank also disclosed a CFPB investigation over potential harm to customers over its practice of...more

Dept. of Education postpones effective date of arbitration ban and other provisions of “borrower defense” rule, announces intent...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the Dept. of Education announced that it is postponing “until further notice” the July 1, 2017 effective date of various provisions of the “borrower defense” final rule...more

Student Loan Servicing Regulations: 50 State Guide on Laws and Legislation – First Edition

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Preface - The following summary of current state law and pending legislation regarding student loan servicing as of June 1, 2017, is designed to serve as a tool to assist in understanding the breadth of state regulations...more

OCC Publishes New “Retail Lending” Booklet

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published a “Retail Lending” booklet, a new addition to the Safety and Soundness Asset Quality category of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which discusses the risks...more

CFPB Monthly Report Highlights Consumer Complaint Increases in Mortgage and Credit Card Products

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this week. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product category, by...more

VIE Validity Still Unsure - It may be premature to conclude that the decision of China’s Supreme People’s Court in last year’s...

A 2016 judgment (the “Judgment”) made by the Supreme People’s Court of China (the “Supreme Court”) was believed by some scholars and practitioners to confirm judicial recognition of the VIE structure. We believe the Supreme...more

Student Loans: Departments of Treasury and Education Move to Simplify Income Driven Repayment Plans

Much of the regulatory focus for student lending has been directed toward Income Driven Repayment (IDR) plans in recent months. The first student loan related move in 2017 by the Departments of Education and Treasury is no...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

[Webinar] The Elimination of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses and the New Repayment Rates for Proprietary Schools - Dec. 8th,12pm...

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The fourth webinar in our "Decoding the FINAL Borrower Defense Rule" series will examine the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action waivers. We’ll discuss the impact of these rules on past and future...more

Saudia Arabia’s new finance minister faces questions over implementing Vision 2030 in education sector

by King & Spalding on

Saudi Arabia last week appointed Mohammed al-Jadaan as the country’s new finance minister. Al-Jadaan has reinforced his commitment to the country’s Vision 2030 initiative, which was revealed earlier this year to serve as a...more

Dept. of Ed. Bans Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Title IV Schools

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a final rule that broadly addresses the ability of a student to assert a school's misconduct as a defense to repayment of a federal student loan. The final rule includes a ban on...more

New California Laws for Financial Institutions

As the California legislative session wound down, Governor Jerry Brown signed multiple bills into law that will impact financial institutions. What happened - Financial institutions in California should prepare...more

California Enacts New Licensing Requirements for Student Loan Servicers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Student loan servicers located in California servicing loans made to residents of any state and those located elsewhere servicing loans made to California residents will be subject to a new licensing requirement created by...more

[Webinar] Proposed Elimination of Arbitration Clauses (Proposed Borrower Defense Rule Series) - September 7th, 12:00pm CST

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The third webinar in our series will examine the proposed elimination of arbitration clauses in agreements between students and institutions. We will discuss the particulars of the proposal, to include the potential impact...more

CFPB to Hold Second Research Conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016. (The first such conference was held in May 2015.)...more

CFPB to hold second research conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has announced that it plans to host its second research conference on consumer finance on December 15-16, 2016. (The first such conference was held in May 2015.) The announcement contains a call for complete...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

SEC Brings First Action under Dodd-Frank Municipal Advisor Antifraud Rules

Two California-based municipal advisory firms and their executives have agreed to settle SEC charges that they used deceptive practices when soliciting the business of five California school districts....more

Bankruptcy Court Finds Student Loan Debt Dischargeable

by PretiFlaherty on

Student loan debt in the United States continues to mushroom, and according to the Federal Reserve, is approaching the $1 trillion mark. As bankruptcy practitioners and many in the public well know, the Bankruptcy Code...more

Tough Exams for Investments in the Education Sector

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The growth of private spending on education presents an opportunity for private equity. While public spending on education in the OECD as a proportion of gross domestic product decreased slightly between 2003 and 2012, the...more

Student Aid Enforcement Unit Formed To Protect Students, Borrowers, And Taxpayers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On February 8, 2016, the Obama Administration’s Department of Education announced the creation of a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of illegal actions by institutes of...more

CFPB in 2016

by Baker Donelson on

A new year is upon us and what better resolution for the financial services industry than thinking ahead and planning for the CFPB's potential agenda in 2016? After the flurry of mortgage activity in both 2014 and 2015,...more

Higher One, Inc. Enforcement Actions Remind Nonbank Service Providers of Their Legal Obligations When Partnering With Banks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 23, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Federal Reserve”) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (“FDIC” and, collectively with the Federal Reserve, the “Agencies”) announced settlements with Higher One, Inc....more

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