Ballard Spahr LLP

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1735 Market Street
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-7599, United States
Phone: 215.665.8500
Fax: 215.864.8999
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
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400+ Attorneys

House Passes Bill to Amend TRID Rule Disclosures

On February 14, 2018, the United States House of Representatives passed the TRID Improvement Act of 2017, H.R. 3978, by a vote of 245 to 171. The bill would amend the manner in which title insurance premiums are disclosed under…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Real Estate - Residential

New York Attorney General Expresses Support for Student Loan Servicing Legislation

Earlier this week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to select state legislators adding his backing to the creation of a licensing regime in New York for student loan servicing, similar to what has been…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Education, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

House passes “Madden fix” bill

By a vote of 245-171, the House passed H.R. 3299, the “Madden fix” bill (whose official title is the “Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017.”) In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB's View of RESPA Was Wrong but Its Structure is Constitutional

On January 31, 2018, the en banc D.C. Circuit handed down its opinion in the PHH v. CFPB case, which we've discussed at length. It held, 7 to 3, that the CFPB's single-director-removable-only-for-cause structure is…more
 /  Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Advocating for increased funding for affordable housing – MAHC’s 2018 Housing Day

The Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) held its annual Housing Day in Annapolis today.   The event brings together over 200 affordable rental housing advocates to inform legislators of the value of affordable housing…more
 /  Real Estate - Residential

Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole: Worker Classification in the Gig Economy

In a significant decision on the status of so-called "gig economy" workers, a California federal judge recently ruled that a former GrubHub Inc. delivery driver was an independent contractor, not an employee…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

CFPB seeks comment on its supervision program

The CFPB has issued a request for information that seeks comment on its supervision program. Comments on the RFI will be due no later than 90 days after it is published in the Federal Register, which the CFPB expects to occur…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

CFPB FY 2018-2022 strategic plan reflects Mulvaney’s new approach

The CFPB’s newly-released strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 reflects the restrained approach to the CFPB’s exercise of its authority previously outlined by Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s designee as CFPB Acting…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking

DOJ Employs Money Laundering Statute to Prosecute Venezuelan Oilmen for Foreign Bribery

As forecasted in a blog post last summer, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has again used the money laundering statute to accomplish the otherwise elusive goal of prosecuting foreign officials who allegedly…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Paid Sick Leave Under Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Goes Into Effect

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires certain Maryland employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. It took effect on February 11, 2018— 30 days after the legislature overrode Governor Larry Hogan's veto…more
 /  Conflict of Laws, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Trump Administration Releases FY 2019 Budget Proposing 18.3% Reduction in HUD Funding

This week, the Trump administration released its proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Overall, the budget proposes an $8.8 billion (18.3%) reduction in the HUD budget from the 2017 enacted level, a more drastic cut than the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Real Estate - Residential

11th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Ex-NFL Coach's Defamation Action

A federal appeals court has ruled that a former Miami Dolphins coach—accused of bullying a player—did not have a valid defamation claim against a law firm that investigated the team's locker room culture…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law

State Regulators Agree to Multistate Licensing Process for Money Service Businesses

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced last week that seven states have agreed to a multi-state compact that, according to the CSBS, “standardizes key elements of the licensing process for money services…more
 /  Finance & Banking

States Must Act Now on Opportunity Zone Tax Incentives That Target Low-Income Communities

The IRS and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) simultaneously released guidance last week on the procedure for designating population census tracts as Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ)…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

House Again Passes Legislation to Review Points and Fees

On February 8, 2018 the United States House of Representatives passed The Mortgage Choice Act, H.R. 1153, to revise the definition of “points and fees” for purposes of the Regulation Z ability to repay/qualified mortgage…more
 /  Consumer Protection, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential
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