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You Should Know - May 2019

A Special Report: Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us - Brave servicemen and women, many of whom are young and financially inexperienced, make enormous sacrifices to represent and defend our country abroad. So, you’d think...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

South Carolina enacts Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

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On April 26, the South Carolina Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (the “Act”) was signed into law and went into immediate effect. The Act seeks to “expand and supplement” the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”),...more

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

The Military Health Care Fraud and Abuse Prevention Program: The Department of Defense Issues Proposed Regulations regarding...

The U.S. Department of Defense (“DOD”) claims that fraud and abuse is inhibiting the ability of the Defense Health Agency (“DHA”), the agency responsible for administering TRICARE, to support and deliver “integrated,...more

Patrick Malone & Associates P.C. | DC Injury...

Bill takes aim at injustice for service personnel hurt by military medical care

Members of Congress have taken steps aimed at allowing service members to pursue actions in the civil justice system when they suffer harms while seeking medical services, a fundamental civil right now denied to military...more

Howard Ankin

Did You Use 3M Combat Earplugs in the Military? You May Be Entitled to Compensation

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Military veterans who used defective 3M dual-ended Combat Arms earplugs that were issued between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus may be eligible to recover compensation. Hundreds of veterans are currently...more

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

3M Combat Arms Earplugs May Have Caused Hearing Loss

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a Transfer Order on April 3, 2019 centralizing lawsuits against 3M relating to allegations of issues regarding the design, testing, sale, and marketing of the...more

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Department of Defense Proposes Data Sharing Arrangement with Department of Education to Identify Service Members Eligible for 0%...

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A Federal Register entry published last week details a proposed data-sharing arrangement between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Education (DoE) designed to reduce the amount of interest that certain...more

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Justice Department Obtains Its Largest Ever Settlement Against A Property Management Company for Alleged Violations of the...

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The Justice Department announced in a March 15 press release that it has reached an agreement with property management company PRG Real Estate Management (PRG) and several related entities to settle claims that PRG violated...more

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CFPB Complaint Report Highlights Servicemember Complaints in 2018 from All 50 States

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The CFPB recently published the latest complaint snapshot report which detailed complaint numbers, trends, and top issues reported by servicemembers, veterans, and their families across the country....more

Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

CFPB Publishes Trend on First Time Home Buying Servicemembers

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The CFPB’s sixth Quarterly Consumer Credit Trends report reveals information about how first-time buying servicemembers’ choices have evolved from 2006 to 2016. Early delinquency rates for these home loans are discussed in...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Equitable Remedies For Ex-Spouses Who Lost Their Share Of A Military Pension Due To The Military Spouse’s Receipt Of Disability...

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Divorces involving a spouse in the military generally involve unique issues. In the recently published decision of Fattore v. Fattore, the Appellate Division held that the trial court cannot replace, “dollar for dollar”, an...more

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DOJ Settles SCRA Suit Against CA-Based Subprime Auto Lender

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?On March 6, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a consent order with a California-based subprime auto lender and its affiliate. The order brings an end to a lawsuit filed by the DOJ in...more

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Justice Dept. Obtains $80,000 Consent Order with California Auto Lender, Including Record Payment of $30,000 to One Individual...

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On March 6, 2019, a California subprime auto lender, California Auto Finance, agreed to enter into a consent order with the Justice Department related to allegations that it repossessed vehicles in violation of the...more

Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

FTC Sends CFPB Annual Letter Summarizing ECOA and Regulation B Activities

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On February 21, 2019, the FTC sent the CFPB its annual letter summarizing the FTC’s activities related to ECOA and Regulation B compliance during 2018, for the CFPB’s use in preparing its 2018 Annual Report to Congress....more

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Industry continues efforts seeking withdrawal of Department of Defense MLA interpretation on GAP insurance financing

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Early last year, several trade groups, including the National Automotive Dealers Association (NADA), sent letters petitioning the Department of Defense (DoD) to rescind or withdraw Question and Answer #2 (Q&A 2) from its 2016...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

CFPB issues report on servicemember first-time homebuyer mortgage loans

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The CFPB has issued a report, “Mortgages to First-time Homebuying Servicemembers,” that focuses on mortgage loans made from 2006 to 2016 to first-time homebuyers who are serving in the military or are veterans....more

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

Shouldn’t Protecting Our Soldiers Be an Absolute? 3M Apparently Thought Giving Second Rate Hearing Protection Was Enough — It...

Honor and Protect Our Soldiers - Tales of corporate wrongdoing have pervaded society for decades. Take the Takata airbag scandal, in which a Japanese manufacturer of the automobile-safety device churned out tens of...more

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VA Clarifies Policies Regarding Cash-Out Refinancing Loans

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In their Circular 26-19-05, the VA clarified policies In their Circular 26-19-05, the VA clarified policies regarding cash-out refinancing loans, including refinancing of construction (construction-to-perm) loans. The VA...more

Ballard Spahr LLP

FTC sends 2018 annual ECOA report to CFPB

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The FTC has sent its annual letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. ...more

Weiner Brodsky Kider PC

CFPB Alert Highlights New Protections for Servicemembers and Veterans

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The CFPB recently issued an alert directed to servicemembers and veterans which highlights the additional protections provided by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act. The alert (which includes...more

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

3M Combat Arms™ Earplugs: Lawsuits Filed By Individual Service Members May Be Headed for Consolidation

On March 28, 2019, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear arguments from attorneys representing individual service members across the country and attorneys from 3M Company regarding whether...more

Howard Ankin

Defective 3M Earplugs to Blame for Military Members’ Hearing Damage

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Defective 3M earplugs could be to blame for hearing loss, tinnitus and loss of balance in US military members across the globe....more

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Inside USERRA's Extensive Requirements for Employers

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act prohibits employers of all types and sizes from discriminating against applicants and employees on the basis of their military status or obligations, and...more

Ronald Shapiro

Military Spouses Facing Citizenship Struggles

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Despite the military service of their husbands and wives, military spouses who are in the country illegally may be deported and might need help to adjust their statuses. One does not need to be U.S. citizens to join the U.S....more

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

CFPB Proposes Reporting and Examination Authority Over Military Lending Act

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on January 17, 2019, asked Congress to grant the bureau clear authority to supervise compliance-related issues for the Military Lending Act. CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger transmitted a...more

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