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CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issues sixth annual report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released the sixth annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman containing an analysis of approximately 12,900 federal student loan complaints, 7,700 private student loan complaints, and 2,300 debt collection...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

Uniformed Service Members To Become A Protected Class Under The New York City Human Rights Law

by Cole Schotz on

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of uniformed service. The amendment takes effect on...more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

MLA Compliance Deadline For Credit Card Accounts Is Tuesday, October 3

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Military Lending Act (MLA) will apply to credit card accounts starting Tuesday, October 3. The final rule took effect last October but provided a one-year exemption for “credit extended in a credit card account under an...more

Secretary Mattis to Convene Panel of Experts to Study Transgender Service in the Military – Can He Do That?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On August 25, 2017, President Trump released a memorandum banning transgender individuals from the military. Following this announcement, Secretary of Defense James Mattis (“Secretary Mattis”) said he would convene a “panel...more

FTC launches military task force webpage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has launched a new page on its website dedicated to its Military Task Force. According to the FTC, it created the Task Force “to focus on identifying the particular needs of military consumers and developing...more

Protection of servicemembers, Equifax data breach provide mistaken justifications for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a mistaken attempt to justify the CFPB’s arbitration rule, supporters are pointing to the need to protect the rights of military servicemembers and the recent Equifax data breach. On September 20, Democratic Senator Jack...more

Why does the military get to discriminate against the transgender community? Is this even legal?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

This question is the most recent culmination of a long line of military-related issues with the LGBT community that far pre-date the Trump Administration. Historically, the military took the position that transgender people...more

Transgender Men and Women and the U.S. Military

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Assuming that our readers read, watch, or listen to the news, then you already know what is happening. But in case you do not: the Trump administration issued a Presidential Memorandum that forbids transgender individuals...more

ED Rebukes CFPB “Abuse” with Termination of MOUs, Announces Expansion of Internal Oversight

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education (ED) recently delivered a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) providing notice of its intent to terminate the Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) between the agencies. The...more

NYC Human Rights Law Amended to Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) adding current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. The amendment will take...more

Management Alert – The Current Federal Retrenchment on LGBT Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first eight months of the new administration signals a retrenchment on the executive branch’s view of legal protections due LGBT individuals, including in employment....more

Defense Dept. rejects trade group’s request for extension of Oct. 3 MLA compliance date for credit cards

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Defense (DoD) is reported to have rejected the request of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) to extend the October 3, 2017 date for credit card compliance with the Military...more

New Jersey Expands Protection for United States Armed Forces Members and Veterans under New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

by FordHarrison on

Governor Chris Christie signed into law New Jersey Senate Bill S726, expanding the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to prohibit all forms of discrimination against members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The law was...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul (Updated)

by Cooley LLP on

Update: On August 2, 2017, the US Senate unanimously passed the Forever GI Bill. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law in the near term. (August 3, 2017) - In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday,...more

Does Transgender Military Ban Signal New Direction of Trump Administration on LGBTQ Rights?

by FordHarrison on

On July 26, 2017, President Trump announced via Twitter that the military, arguably the country’s largest employer, will no longer allow transgender people to serve, thus breaking from the Obama Administration’s lift of the...more

Blog: The Post-9/11 GI Bill Is One Step Closer to a Major Overhaul

by Cooley LLP on

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, on Monday, July 24, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, colloquially deemed the “Forever GI...more

New York Paid Family Leave Law Regulations Become Effective

Regulations implementing the Paid Family Leave Act became effective on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. No substantive changes were made to the proposed regulations that were published back in May 2017....more

Nevada Enacts Multiple Laws Affecting Consumer Finance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Nevada is rolling out a slate of legislation affecting consumer finance, including a measure to protect consumers’ privacy online and programs aimed at mitigating their risk of foreclosure. Here is a list of measures recently...more

Defense Secretary Delays Start Date For Military’s Allowance of Transgender Recruits

by Bowditch & Dewey on

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military. In 2016, former Defense Secretary Ash...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

Bill introduced to give CFPB SCRA enforcement authority

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of Democratic Senators have introduced a bill, the “Military Consumer Protection Act” (S. 1565), that would amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) to include various sections of the Servicemembers Civil...more

Military Consumer Enforcement Act Introduced in Senate Seeks to Enhance SCRA Enforcement

Several U.S. Senators have introduced legislation for a Military Consumer Enforcement Act that would seek to empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to oversee and enforce compliance with the Servicemember...more

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