Ballard Spahr LLP

1735 Market Street
51st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599, United States
Phone: 215.665.8500
Fax: 215.864.8999

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Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
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  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

FDIC settles Operation Choke Point lawsuit; entire lawsuit dismissed

The FDIC has announced that it has entered into a settlement of the lawsuit filed against it and the OCC in 2014 by a trade group and several payday lenders challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal  enforcement initiative…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

OCC report highlights risks arising from innovation and nonbank competition

The OCC’s Semiannual Risk Perspective report focuses on key issues that pose threats to bank safety and soundness and legal compliance.  Among such issues discussed in the Spring 2019 report, which generally reflects bank data…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Colorado Enacts Student Loan Servicer Licensing Law and Maryland Expands Regulation of Servicers

Colorado and Maryland have each enacted legislation regulating student loan servicers. On May 13, Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) signed into law SB 19-002, and that same day, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) signed HB 594…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Education, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Senate Committee Hears from OCC, FinCEN and FBI on Risks Posed by Anonymous Corporate Structures

Testimony Supports Bill Requiring States to Collect Beneficial Ownership Information at Entity Formation - As we have blogged, the proposed Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (the “Act”) seeks to ensure that persons who form…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Proposed Expansion of CCPA’s Private Right of Action Defeated in State Senate

In April 2019, the California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee rejected a proposal known commonly as the “Privacy for All Act” (AB-1760), which among other things would have provided a private right of action…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

CFPB publishes Spring 2019 rulemaking agenda

The CFPB has published its Spring 2019 rulemaking agenda as part of the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). …more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Another CFPB departure: Dan Smith leaving to join ABA

Dan Smith, who serves as Assistant Director for the CFPB’s Office of Financial Institutions and Business Liaison, will be leaving the Bureau in June. …more
 /  Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB’s top enforcement official reported to have resigned

According to American Banker, Kristen Donoghue, who has served as the CFPB’s Assistant Director of Enforcement since November 2017, has resigned…more
 /  Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

CA Reinvestment Coalition sues CFPB for delaying Section 1071 implementation

The California Reinvestment Coalition has filed a lawsuit against the CFPB in a California federal district court seeking a declaration that the CFPB’s failure to issue regulations implementing Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB’s proposed debt collection rules published in Federal Register

The CFPB’s proposed debt collection rules were published in Tuesday's Federal Register…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

News Organizations Win Release of Search Warrant Materials in Michael Cohen Cases

Holding that search warrants issued under the Stored Communications Act are subject to a "common law presumption of access," the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has unsealed five search…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics

FinCEN Dispenses Law Enforcement Awards Based on BSA Reporting

Director Blanco Stresses Importance of BSA Filings to Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions - As we have blogged, Kenneth Blanco, the Director of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), has publically and…more
 /  Finance & Banking

ALI annual meeting ends with uncertain future for Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts

I am pleased to report that as a result of the efforts of its business and consumer critics (among whom I include myself), the Tentative Draft of the Restatement of the Law, Consumer Contracts was put “on hold” yesterday at…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

Supreme Court: Licensee's Right to Use Trademarks Survives Licensor's Rejection of Licensing Agreement in Bankruptcy

The Supreme Court held this week that a debtor-licensor’s rejection of a trademark licensing agreement as an executory contract pursuant to section 365(a) of the Bankruptcy Code does not terminate the licensee’s rights to use…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

Social Security Administration Resumes No-Match Notifications to Employers

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has begun issuing "no-match" letters to employers informing them of employees whose Social Security numbers on W-2 forms do not match SSA records…more
 /  Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law
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