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HTMLCFPB Takes Action Against Franklin Loan Corporation for Illegal Bonus Program
Jeffrey Barringer, Laura Hobson Brown, Marc J. Lifset; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014
On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) ordered Franklin Loan Corporation (“Franklin”), a residential mortgage lender, to pay $730,000 because it paid its loan officers quarterly bonuses in violation of the Federal Reserve Board’s Loan...

 

HTMLDOJ to Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Cases for Possible Parallel Criminal Proceedings
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014
The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it would begin reviewing all new whistleblower lawsuits filed under the civil False Claims Act, to determine whether a parallel criminal investigation might be appropriate. This marks a significant departure from past...

 

HTMLNew Statute on Assertions of Patent Infringement
Mary H. Drabnis; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
Have you received a letter asking for payment or a license due to the letter-sender's patent(s)?

 

HTMLA “Comfort Letter” Can Play An Important Role In Financing A Branded Hotel
Rose Marie L. Fiore; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
A franchised or “branded” hotel is one affiliated with a major hotel franchisor, such as Hilton® or Starwood®. Hotels that are part of a branded chain typically operate under a franchise agreement. A franchise agreement is an agreement between a franchisor and a franchisee,...

 

HTMLJazzland: a Reminder about Trademarks
Mary H. Drabnis; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
In the recent 2014 regular legislative session, Louisiana repealed a law that had reserved the word "Jazzland" and related logos in the state for use by Jazzland, Inc.

 

Adobe PDFLouisiana Sales/Use Tax Update
Jaye A. Calhoun; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
The Louisiana courts have been busy but very few recent Louisiana sales and use tax cases actually address substantive tax issues. Many of the the tax opinions issued by Louisiana courts over the last year or so, tell a cautionary tale to both the tax collector and to taxpayers about what not to do...

 

Adobe PDFOnline Gaming in Louisiana: History and Prospects for the Future
Benjamin O. Schupp; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
Louisiana has had a long and colorful history of gambling—both legal and illegal. In 1823 New Orleans had six casinos licensed by the Louisiana legislature. During this time New Orleans actually had a street named Craps (now Burgundy street) in honor of the ubiquitous dice game imported by...

 

HTMLOSHA Launches Online System For Whistleblower Complaints
Kimberly M. James; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2014, previously published on Summer 2014
In December 5, 2013, OSHA rolled out a new, web-based tool that allows potential whistleblowers to submit their complaints to OSHA directly on-line. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor, stated in a press release “[t]he ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights...

 

HTMLThe Ohio Supreme Court Holds that a Lender May Make Short-Term, Single-Installment Loans under the Ohio Mortgage Loan Act, Effectively Rendering the More Restrictive Short-Term Loan Act a “Dead Letter.”
R. Glenn Knirsch, Arthur J. Rotatori; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
June 17, 2014, previously published on June 11, 2014
On June 11, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court resolved an issue opened by the Ninth District Court of Appeals of Ohio in 2012: can Mortgage Loan Act (“MLA”) registrants make single-installment loans? In Ohio Neighborhood Finance, Inc. v. Scott, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously held that,...

 

HTMLRecent Federal Court Ruling Highlights Dangers for Companies Conducting Internal Investigations
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014
A federal court in the District of Columbia recently ruled that a defendant had to hand over to the opposing party documents pertaining to internal company audits and fraud investigations, finding that they were not protected by the attorney-client privilege or the work product doctrine. This...

 


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