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HTMLCFPB to Scrutinize Nonbank Products: Prepaid Cards, Debt Settlement, Credit Repair, and Pawn and Title Loans
Jonathan L. Pompan; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014
Three years after it opened for business, on July 21, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it was accepting complaints from consumers with problems with (1) prepaid cards; (2) debt settlement services; (3) credit repair services; and (4) pawn and title loans. This signals...

 

HTMLWill There Be Tax Credit Subsidies for Health Coverage Purchased on the Federal
Thora A. Johnson, Elizabeth C. Keenan, Ralph S. Tyler; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
There is no letup in the intensity of the litigation wars surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or in the significance of the matters at issue. In 2012, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the ACA in the face of a full-scale attack while invalidating the ACA's Medicaid expansion requirements. A...

 

HTMLThe Supreme Court Limits the President's Recess Appointment Power
John F. Cooney; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 23, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014
In January 2012, President Obama made recess appointments of the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two members of the National Labor Relations Board during a three day period when the Senate was in pro forma session. The Senate later confirmed Director Cordray to his...

 

HTMLFINRA Targets Broker-Dealer Order Routing and Execution Quality of Customer Orders
Andrew E. Bigart, Michael R. Manley, Michael J. Rivera, D. E. Wilson; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 2014
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has initiated a potentially impactful examination of broker-dealer order routing and execution. FINRA recently issued a targeted examination letter ("Order Routing and Execution Quality of Customer Orders”) to about ten...

 

HTMLCFPB Seeks Comment on the Use of Mobile Financial Services
John B. Beaty, Frederick M. Joyce, Jonathan L. Pompan, D. E. Wilson; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On June 12, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register a notice and request for information (RFI) about how consumers are using mobile financial services to access products and services, manage finances, and achieve their financial goals (with a focus on...

 

HTMLCFPB Debt Collection (Regulation F) Rulemaking FAQs
Andrew E. Bigart, Kristen R. Brown, Alexandra Megaris, Jonathan L. Pompan; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On November 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“ANPR”) seeking comment, data, and information from the public about debt collection practices, and in January 2014, the CFPB...

 

HTMLPotential West Coast Port Labor Disruptions Loom Large for Importers and Exporters, Including Those of FDA-Regulated Products
Amanda C. Blunt, Ashley W. Craig, Todd A. Harrison, Elizabeth K. Lowe, Matthew R. Rabinowitz; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 2014
On July 1st, the contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) officially expired, increasing the potential of a work stoppage and cargo disruption at West Coast ports. Two months ago, the parties began contract negotiations to...

 

HTMLPatent Reform: It's Alive!
Jeffri A. Kaminski, Christopher J. Kim; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014
When Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced on May 21 that he was pulling patent reform off the agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee, commentators were quick to pass judgment: "Patent reform is dead." These reform efforts were meant to address the growing concern over patent...

 

HTMLAlice Corp. v. CLS Bank: Another Unpatentable Business Method Patent
Trent B. Ostler, Michael A. Sartori; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. and held that the claimed computer-implemented business method did not recite patent-eligible subject matter. The Alice decision examines the subject matter eligibility of computer-related patents under 35 U.S.C....

 

HTMLSupreme Court Aiding Fight against Patent Trolls: Alice, Nautilus, Limelight, Octane Fitness and Highmark
Adam R. Hess, Trent B. Ostler, Michael A. Sartori; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 7, 2014, previously published on June 30, 2014
The Supreme Court may be making up for where Congress has left off. Legislation designed to curb abuse from patent assertion entities, or so-called patent trolls, has been shelved indefinitely. The legislation passed the House and was supported by President Obama. Unfortunately, the legislation was...

 


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