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House passes “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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...more

Critical Question: Inquiry and Analysis on Whether an Uninsured Nationally Chartered Fintech Bank Charter Can Export Interest...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) presented a White Paper in December 2016 on Exploring Special Purpose National Bank Charters for Fintech Companies (“White Paper”). Comptroller Tom Curry noted that he had asked the OCC...more

Democratic Senators introduce bill to increase state AG oversight of national banks

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she and three other Democratic Senators have introduced a bill, the “Accountability for Wall Street Executives Act of 2017,” that would allow state attorneys general to issue...more

Bipartisan bill to provide “true lender” fix introduced in House

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bipartisan group of five House members introduced a bill (H.R. 4439) last month that is intended to address the so-called “true lender” issue, which creates risk with respect to some loans made by banks with substantial...more

House Financial Services Committee Approves "Madden fix" Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill to provide a "Madden fix" and three other bills relevant to mortgage lenders were included among the more than 20 bills approved by the House Financial Services Committee on November 15, 2017. With the exception of...more

House Financial Services Committee approves “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A bill to provide a “Madden fix” and three other bills relevant to mortgage lenders were included among the more than 20 bills approved by the House Financial Services Committee on November 15, 2017. With the exception of...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...more

Acting Comptroller Noreika comments on Madden “fix,” other OCC initiatives

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans from a national bank could not charge the same rate of interest on the loan that Section 85 of the National Bank Act allows the national bank to charge. ...more

Legislation Would Legalize ‘Valid When Made’ Rule

A new bill introduced by Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) would overrule the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, decision in Madden v. Midland Funding and legalize the “valid when made” rule....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

Senate bill introduced to override Madden decision

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Democratic Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill, S.1642, that would override the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding. (In Madden, the Second Circuit ruled that a nonbank that purchases loans from a...more

Acting Comptroller Noreika confirms continued OCC interest in SPNB charter proposal for fintech companies; our thoughts on the...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, in remarks on July 19 to the Exchequer Club, confirmed that the OCC is continuing to consider its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a...more

House Appropriations Committee approves bill making CFPB reforms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This past Thursday, by a  vote of 31-21, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  In addition to multiple provisions to reform the CFPB,...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

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Happy New Year! While we acknowledge that it’s nearly summer now, this issue of Roundup includes case highlights from the first quarter of 2017. The year kicked off with more activity than the last quarter of 2016, with cases...more

New York DFS files lawsuit challenging OCC special purpose national bank charter for fintech companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Supervision (DFS) has filed a complaint in a New York federal district court to stop the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) from implementing its proposal to issue special...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Files Lawsuit against OCC to Stop Special Purpose FinTech Charter

by Reed Smith on

On April 26, 2017, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”), the trade association that represents state banking regulators, initiated a lawsuit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) in the...more

Association of State Regulators Sues to Enjoin OCC's Fintech Special-Purpose National Bank Charters

Last week, a group of state regulators, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors ("CSBS"), filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to enjoin the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...more

Conference of State Bank Commissioners Sues OCC to Bar Chartering of Fintech Banks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The CSBS’ request for an injunction may prompt the OCC to slow down or abandon its willingness to consider issuing national bank charters to fintech companies....more

Colorado Moves to Dismiss Suits Seeking Judgment That Bank-Originated Loans Facilitated and Serviced by Online Platforms Are...

As we noted in a recent Alert, WebBank and Cross River Bank filed separate federal civil actions to enjoin the Administrator of Colorado's Uniform Consumer Credit Code from enforcing state lending laws against Avant, Inc. and...more

More on Comptroller Curry’s remarks at LendIt USA conference

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent blog post, Alan Kaplinsky and Scott Pearson wrote about the remarks made by CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry at the LendIt USA conference in New York City earlier this...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry Discusses Fintech Charters

In his remarks at the LendIt Conference in New York, Comptroller of the Currency Tom Curry discussed the special purpose national bank charters to be granted by the OCC to fintech companies and addressed the various...more

The Madden Saga Continues: On Remand, Madden Survives Summary Judgment and District Court Certifies Class

by MoFo Reenforcement on

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in part denied a renewed motion by Midland Funding, LLC (“Midland”) to dispose of claims brought by Saliha Madden (“Madden”) under the Fair...more

Borrower Wins Key Victory in Madden v. Midland

A federal judge has ruled that New York law—not Delaware law as the parties agreed in the initial loan agreement—applies to the defaulted borrower's claims and has certified a class action against the debt collector....more

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