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U.S. Government Takes Steps Toward Implementation of Sanctions on Russia

by Jones Day on

The United States has taken significant steps toward fully implementing the sanctions imposed on Russia pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which codifies and strengthens certain...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

CFPB October 2017 “special edition” complaint report highlights servicemember complaints

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s October 2017 complaint report, which the CFPB calls a “special edition” monthly complaint report, departs from the format of the CFPB’s standard monthly reports. (The CFPB’s June and July 2017 complaint reports...more

U.S. releases public guidance on entities tied to Russian Defense and Intelligence sectors

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 October, the U.S. Department of State published guidance with respect to Russia’s Defense and Intelligence sectors under section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries The Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Section 231...more

FTC settles Section 5 claims against company promoting schools to military servicemembers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has entered a proposed consent order with Victory Media, Inc. (VMI) to settle the FTC’s charges that VMI violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in deceptive acts or practices in connection with its promotion of...more

Impact on military of CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule continues to be distorted

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Enough is enough! I recognize that reasonable minds can differ with respect to whether the Senate should override the CFPB arbitration rule. However, it is inexcusable when plaintiffs’ lawyers and consumer advocates...more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

MLA Compliance Deadline For Credit Card Accounts Is Tuesday, October 3

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Military Lending Act (MLA) will apply to credit card accounts starting Tuesday, October 3. The final rule took effect last October but provided a one-year exemption for “credit extended in a credit card account under an...more

FTC launches military task force webpage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has launched a new page on its website dedicated to its Military Task Force. According to the FTC, it created the Task Force “to focus on identifying the particular needs of military consumers and developing...more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

Defense Dept. rejects trade group’s request for extension of Oct. 3 MLA compliance date for credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Defense (DoD) is reported to have rejected the request of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) to extend the October 3, 2017 date for credit card compliance with the Military...more

New Law Imposes Expansive New Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea While Limiting the President’s Ability to Ease Russia...

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Pub. Law. No. 115-44, H.R. 3364) (the “Act”), which significantly expands economic sanctions against...more

Client alert: New law may significantly impact international trade

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The President signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”) on August 2, 2017, which could have a significant impact on international trade. CAATSA targets three countries with new...more

New Law Marks Significant Increase in US Sanctions on Russia, Stays the Course on Iran, North Korea

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act), which significantly expands U.S. sanctions against Russia while enacting modest new sanctions on...more

After Washington Drama, New Russia (and Iran and N. Korea) Sanctions Set to Become Law

by Hogan Lovells on

On Tuesday, July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by a vote of 419-3. There is some uncertainty, but the legislation is expected to be...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Damming the Funding to North Korea: Anticipatory Seizure Warrants as a Tool to Enforce Sanctions and Thwart Money Laundering...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two days after North Korea’s successful long-range ballistic missile test, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a memorandum opinion which granted the Department of Justice “damming” warrants to seize...more

Justice Department Settles with Michigan Credit Union for Violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it reached an agreement with Michigan-based COPOCO Community Credit Union to settle a lawsuit alleging that the credit union violated the Servicemembers Civil...more

Bill introduced to give CFPB SCRA enforcement authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a bill, the “Military Consumer Protection Act” (S. 1565), that would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) to include various sections of the Servicemembers Civil...more

Military Consumer Enforcement Act Introduced in Senate Seeks to Enhance SCRA Enforcement

Several U.S. Senators have introduced legislation for a Military Consumer Enforcement Act that would seek to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with the Servicemember...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Propoposed Bill Would Significantly Expand MLA Disclosure Requirements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We recently reported on a bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Michigan) that would amend the Military Lending Act (“MLA”) to require that creditors provide additional disclosures to...more

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