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States Choosing Divergent Paths for Individual Market Coverage

With Congress failing to reach agreement on a stabilization package for the individual market and repeal of the individual mandate set to take effect for 2019, states are considering different strategies, some that will...more

UBS Settles New York AG RMBS Claims for $230M

On March 20, 2018, UBS entered into a $230 million settlement with the New York Attorney General to resolve allegations against UBS under New York’s Martin Act and Executive Law arising from the creation, packaging,...more

Control Persons And Underwriter Status

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday's post concerned someone who allegedly bragged about being in control of an issuer, but not taking a formal position with the issuer so as to avoid the volume limitations under Rule 144. Despite this alleged...more

OnRisk: The Misrepresentation Defense

by K&L Gates LLP on

In this episode of OnRisk, K&L Gates attorneys Carolyn Branthoover and Max Louik discuss the misrepresentation defense, also known as the rescission defense, a defense that insurers have been aggressively pursuing in recent...more

Insurance and blockchain: What policyholders need to know

Distributed Ledger Technology, commonly referred to as “blockchain,” is a secure way for companies and individuals to share information without third-party oversight. Blockchain decentralizes electronic record-keeping so...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes "Common and Usual Meaning" Interpretation of Insurance Contracts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which UBS Puerto Rico sought to overcome its insurance carriers' refusal to defend and provide coverage for two civil actions, settlements with the SEC and FINRA...more

Spotify Is Bypassing a Traditional IPO in Favor of Direct Listing. Should Other Companies Follow Its Lead?

by White and Williams LLP on

First Spotify changed the music industry. Now it might change the way we think about public offerings. On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Spotify filed its prospectus to go public through a direct listing on the New York...more

Cyber FICO Ratings Could Benefit Insurance Underwriting in Multiple Ways

Nearly 30 years ago the Fair Isaac Corporation (“FICO”) first introduced its metric for measuring creditworthiness. Since then, the FICO Score has become a default metric used by countless market participants to facilitate...more

Wage and Hour Law

A. Federal Court Decisions - 1.No Administrative Exemption for Mortgage Underwriters - In McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Sav. Bank, 862 F.3d 847 (9th Cir. 2017), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s holding that...more

DOJ Investigates FHA Loans Issued by Florida-Based Mortgage Subsidiary

by Goodwin on

On January 25, 2018, a Florida-based homebuilder filed its Form 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), disclosing that its “mortgage subsidiary has been subpoenaed by the United States...more

I Urgently Want to Report the Deaths of the Non-Con Opinion (But Probably Cannot…Yet)

by Dechert LLP on

Our friend, Dan Rubock, just inked an interesting and timely piece entitled, “Key pillars of loan structural quality are eroding, especially in single-borrower deals.” As usual, Dan’s views at Moody’s are worth considerable...more

Underwriting or Placing Fees, Corporate Finance Contacts and MiFID II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

MiFID II is Europe’s new financial regulation for investment business which came into effect on 3 January 2018. The banking and legal industries seem to be unsure about whether or not MiFID II treats both issuers and buy-side...more

Denial of Reinstatement of Lapsed Life Insurance Policy Affirmed Due to Failure to Satisfy Required Underwriting Standard

by Carlton Fields on

In European Pensions Management Limited v. Columbus Life Insurance Co., a pension benefit plan that had purchased a life insurance policy on the secondary market and then permitted it to lapse for non-payment of premiums sued...more

Are Underwriters Exempt From Overtime Requirements? Supreme Court Leaves Question Open

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Are underwriters exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime requirements? Financial services companies may assume so. But a recent Ninth Circuit decision—along with the Supreme Court’s refusal on November 27...more

Subordinate Finance in Commercial Real Estate—The Current Landscape

by Polsinelli on

Commercial real estate borrowers often need financing in amounts exceeding what traditional first mortgage lenders will provide. Profound changes in various forms of subordinate finance have occurred in the wake of the...more

The OCC is Busy: Regulatory Update

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) shared several updates over the past six weeks that require the attention of financial institution leaders. In fact, some changes go into effect as soon as December 1, 2017....more

A Deeper Dive: The CFPB Short-Term Small- Dollar Lending Rule

Introduction - By now you’ve likely heard that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a final small-dollar lending rule. The hallmark of the rule is the requirement That lenders make a reasonable...more

7 things you might not know about cybersecurity insurance

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The number of cyber attacks and data breaches are increasing, and the costs to respond to such incidents are also increasing. This underscores the importance of cyber insurance, a valuable tool that companies can access that...more

Jump in Credit Scores Means Dip in Underwriting Predictability

by Carlton Fields on

Underwriters that rely on popular credit-scoring models like FICO and VantageScore to assess risk may have noticed that some consumer credit scores jumped recently. The nationwide credit reporting agencies, Equifax Inc.,...more

CFPB Issues Final Rules on Payday and Vehicle Title Loans—Little Impact for Auto Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The new rule is effective in 2019 and imposes stringent underwriting requirements and...more

CFPB Releases Final Payday Lending Rule

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its final rule for short-term loans. The nearly 1,700 page rule appears to follow the proposed short-term lending rule with several notable changes. Most...more

Second Circuit Affirms $800 Million Judgment Under Securities Act And Certain State "Blue Sky" Laws, Addressing A Variety Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a judgment, entered after a bench trial by Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,...more

A Glimmer Of Hope: The Supreme Court Now Has A Chance To Resolve A Circuit Split And Pronounce That Mortgage Underwriters Qualify...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As previously discussed in this space, the Ninth Circuit recently chose to side with the Second Circuit, and not the Sixth Circuit, and ruled that mortgage underwriters fail to meet the FLSA’s...more

Jury Verdict Expands to $298 Million in False Claims Act/FIRREA Case as Court Assesses Treble Damages and Penalties

A federal court in Texas recently entered a massive judgment against a mortgage originator for financial crisis conduct, transforming an already severe $93 million jury verdict into a $298 million punishment, and issuing one...more

CFPB Provides Some Clarity on Alternative-Data Models Through No-Action Letter

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 14, 2017, the CFPB issued a no-action letter – the first one ever issued by the agency – to a marketplace lender, stating that the agency had no present intention to take enforcement or supervisory action against...more

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