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October and November Developments

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For the first time in my memory, the Congress passed a joint resolution to disapprove a final regulation of a federal agency—in this case the CFPB and the rule was related to arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Senate Banking Committee has voted out of committee a bipartisan effort to ease Dodd-Frank regulations. The bill in question could “drastically cut” the number of banks subject to heightened Fed oversight and “would ease...more

NAFCU-Hosted Credit Union Conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) is hosting its annual conference in Washington, D.C. today through September 13....more

Overdraft Report, Disclosure Prototypes From CFPB

Focusing on overdrafts, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new report as well as prototypes of “Know Before You Owe” disclosures for banks and credit unions offering overdraft protection....more

Banking Agencies Address Disaster Relief for Hurricane Harvey Victims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several federal agencies have issued reminders and requirements related to banking and credit services for borrowers affected by Hurricane Harvey.  We previously reported on mortgage-related guidance issued by Fannie Mae,...more

OSFI Suspends Compliance Expectations Against Use Of "Bank Words" by Credit Unions, and Solicits Consultation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Provincially-regulated credit unions that use “bank words” to describe products or services (such as “online banking”) will be relieved to hear that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has...more

May, June and July Developments

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With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

Pot-Friendly Credit Union Gets Second Chance at Master Account

A credit union seeking to provide banking services to marijuana-related businesses is flying high after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, reversed an order dismissing its suit requesting a master account at the...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

If You're Not a Bank, Stop Using "Bank Words" to Describe Your Business, Says Canada's Banking Regulator

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Companies that provide financial services in Canada, including fintech companies and credit unions, should be aware of a provision in the federal Bank Act that restricts their ability to use words such as "bank", "banker" or...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

California Proposes To End Bylaw Amendment Reviews

by Allen Matkins on

Credit Unions got their start in Nineteenth Century Germany. In 1909, Roman Catholic textile workers opened the first credit union in the United States, St. Mary’s Cooperative Credit Association (later, renamed La Caisse...more

The Department of the Treasury Issues Recommendations on the Regulation of U.S. Depository Institutions

by Jones Day on

"A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities: Banks and Credit Unions," a Report by the Department of the Treasury, identifies potential reforms that would promote the "Core Principles for Regulating the United...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Treasury Department Report: Decreasing Regulatory Burdens, Increasing Regulatory Accountability and Fostering Economic Growth - On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department released...more

Federal Lawmakers Consider Drop in De Novo Applications

What are the reasons behind the decline in new bank and credit union charter applications? What happened - Members of the House Financial Services Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee considered this...more

Third Circuit Permits Limited Discovery On Issue Of Validity Of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

In an unpublished opinion, the Third Circuit affirmed a decision denying a defendant bank’s motion to dismiss a consumer complaint in favor of arbitration when the contract containing the arbitration clause was not referenced...more

The NCUA's New Member Business Lending and Commercial Lending Rule, and the Lingering Issue of Spousal Guarantees

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Business loans have “become a larger share of credit unions’ loans and assets.” Of those credit unions with between $100 million and $500 million in assets, over three quarters are making business loans. Of those with more...more

HUD Settles Fair Housing Act Claims Against California Credit Union

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a settlement with a California credit union concerning allegations that the credit union denied loan approval to a married couple because...more

New Internet Domain Available for U.S. Credit Unions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Credit unions in the United States now have access to a new top-level domain – .creditunion – for websites named to match an existing registered trademark. The “sunrise period” for the new domain runs from May 4 through...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed wrapped up its Open Market Committee meeting yesterday without any change in interest rates but with an expression of confidence in the economy, despite Q1’s sub-1 percent growth figure (which it dubbed “transitory”)....more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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BaFin Publishes Guidance on Transparency Standards for German Funds - On 4 April 2017, BaFin has published new transparency standards for funds after a BaFin investigation found that some active funds “closely” track...more

Banks and Credit Unions Agree to a (Temporary) Cease Fire

by Ruder Ware on

It’s not every day that community bankers and credit unions agree. Whether it is over tax-exempt status or capital requirements, we have become accustomed to the battle between community banks and credit unions. For example,...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe? Part 2: North Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This article is a follow up to Bruce Wallace’s April 13, 2017 update, "Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?" regarding how insurance policies may not protect the credit union’s lien. Specifically, Mr. Wallace’s update dealt with...more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Insurance policies may not protect the credit union's lien - Today’s insurance world is a complicated scene. Insureds have more choice than ever for insurance coverage. If a federal credit union has a lien on a motor...more

The CFPB Enforcement Action Against Navy Federal Credit Union and the Broad Sweep of UDAAPs

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This past October, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) took action against Navy Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the country. In doing so, the CFPB relied upon one of its favorite enforcement...more

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