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US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Holds Nomination Hearing of Jerome Powell

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held the nomination hearing of Jerome Powell to serve as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Governor Powell’s written testimony briefly discussed his background and...more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...more

Sleeper Issue? Deferred Tax Assets under a Trump Administration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Update as of December 6, 2017: Congress and the President are nearing the finish line for significant tax reform with the likelihood of passing by the end of the year. Since it has the potential to significantly change the...more

English files motion for preliminary injunction, amended complaint in CFPB Acting Director dispute

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As required by Judge Kelly’s scheduling order, yesterday afternoon Leandra English filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in her action seeking a declaration that she, rather than Mick Mulvaney, has the legal right to...more

Mulvaney puts hold on CFPB data collection, takes other actions as Acting Director

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

We have previously blogged about reports that Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee as CFPB Acting Director, has put a 30-day freeze on all regulatory action, CFPB hiring, and new enforcement cases. ...more

Battle of Acting Directors: Round One to Mulvaney

Earlier this week, a federal judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order preventing Mick Mulvaney from assuming the reins of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as acting director....more

Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

Second lawsuit filed challenging Mulvaney’s appointment as CFPB Acting Director

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Yesterday, the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking a declaration that Mick Mulvaney’s appointment as CFPB Acting Director is...more

Cordray announces candidacy for Ohio governor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Ending many months of speculation, former CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced yesterday that he is running for Ohio governor....more

Recent Congressional Review Act Developments Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On December 5, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) essentially invalidated the CFPB’s auto lending guidance by finding that it constitutes a “rule” for purposes of the Congressional Review Act (CRA)....more

Court enters scheduling order in CFPB Acting Director dispute

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a scheduling conference held earlier yesterday, Judge Kelly entered an order setting a briefing schedule and hearing date for Laurena English’s motion for a preliminary injunction in her action seeking a declaration...more

Oregon Client Alert Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Private Activity Bonds

Maintaining the existing authority under the Code for private activity bonds (PABs) is vital to continuing public and private investments in infrastructure that support the economy and essential public services. Such...more

Treasury’s Third Report on Financial System Regulation Focuses on the Asset Management and Insurance Industries

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently released a report examining the regulatory framework for the asset management and insurance industries (Report). The Report is the third in a series of four reports that...more

Significant Regulatory Innovations for REITs in Belgium

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Belgium's Law of October 22, 2017, modifies the REIT Regime by broadening the scope of REIT activities and relaxing the country's existing regulatory framework for REITs. The Result: The real estate sector...more

Tax reform update: H.R. 1 proposes significant limits on municipal bonds

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

UPDATE: In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2017, the United States Senate, by a vote of 51-49, approved its version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, commonly referred to as the Senate’s tax bill....more

CFPB changes direction in enforcement action; Mulvaney names senior advisor

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new filing by the CFPB in its action against Nationwide Biweekly Administration Inc. may be an indicator of the enforcement philosophy of Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee as CFPB Acting Director, and how that...more

Court Rules in Favor of Trump Appointee for CFPB Acting Director Slot

As we reported on earlier today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Deputy Director Leandra English filed a lawsuit late Sunday evening in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (District Court) seeking...more

DOL kicks fiduciary rule enforcement until 2019

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As expected, the Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed enforcement of the main provisions of the new fiduciary rule. Provisions covering exemptions for best-interest contracts and principal transactions will now go into...more

Bipartisan group of lawmakers introduce CRA resolution to override CFPB payday loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act to override the CFPB’s final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule. House members sponsoring the bill consist...more

New Connecticut Mandatory Income Tax Withholding Requirements for Pension and Annuity Payments

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

New legislation, effective January 1, 2018, will require certain payors of pensions and annuities to withhold Connecticut state income tax from distributions made from an employer pension, annuity, profit-sharing plan, stock...more

Beltway Buzz - December, 2017

Welcome back, and hold onto your reindeer reins - it’s going to be a busy few weeks ahead. The 12 Days (or so) of Congress. Congress has returned to D.C. after a week-long Thanksgiving break, and the Trump administration...more

English to seek preliminary injunction in CFPB Acting Director dispute

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Leandra English has filed a Proposed Schedule confirming that she plans to file a motion for a preliminary injunction in her action for declaratory and injunctive relief filed in D.C. federal district court seeking a...more

Democratic Senators oppose Mulvaney freeze on payments from CFPB civil penalty fund/English reported to urge continued enforcement...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

At a press conference on November 27, Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee for CFPB Acting Director, is reported to have announced that he has placed a 30-day freeze on all regulatory action, CFPB hiring, and payments...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill to provide a "Madden fix" and three other bills relevant to mortgage lenders were included among the more than 20 bills approved by the House Financial Services Committee on November 15, 2017. With the exception of...more

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