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|The Rise of a Regulator - New York’s Department of Financial Services Takes Matters Into Its Own Hands|
Adam S. Kaufmann, Arthur D. Middlemiss, Hillary Rosenberg, A. Katherine Toomey; Lewis Baach PLLC;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 2014New York’s state-level financial regulator - the Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) - regulates all banks and insurance companies located in New York. It has always been a robust regulator, but until lately, it has operated largely in the background, particularly in high...
|Usury in Florida: Penalties|
Scott Jonathan Kennelly, Janet C. (Jacy) Owens; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 7, 2014There are two “tiers” of penalties for violation of the Florida usury statutes, one civil and the other criminal, and both are severe. Civil penalties usually involve forfeiture of the entire interest charged (or contracted to be charged), such that only the principal balance may be...
|Complying with the Florida Consumer Collection Practice Act|
Adam Keith Butman Brandon; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014In addition to ensuring compliance with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), lenders should take precautions to limit its exposure to claims under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA).
|Recent Decision Creates Split in Middle District Regarding Whether 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) Applies to Cases Converted to Chapter 7|
Armando Nozzolillo, Michael S. Waskiewicz; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
November 12, 2014, previously published on October 14, 2014In the last 2 years, three judges of the Middle District of Florida (Judges Funk, Delano and Williamson) have each issued opinions finding 11 U.S.C. § 707(b)(2) inapplicable in cases converted from a Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7. These Courts have based their findings on the “plain...
|More Ammunition in Defending Against Preference Claims|
Jayson B. Ruff; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
November 11, 2014, previously published on October 30, 201411 U.S.C. § 547 gives a bankruptcy trustee or debtor in possession strong powers in avoiding transfers made by the bankrupt debtor within the 90-day period prior to the debtor's bankruptcy filing. I am sure there are many creditors who have had the unpleasant experience of receiving a letter...
|Clawback Suit Targets International Investors|
Michelle M. Arbitrio; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
November 10, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014In 2008, a few months before the $65 billion Madoff Ponzi scheme fell apart, the $3.65 billion Petters Ponzi scheme made headlines. Tom Petters told investors that they were financing the purchase and sale of consumer electronic goods when no goods existed. Rather, Petters used funds from new...
|New NBU “Anti-crisis” Measures|
Natalia Selyakova; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 5, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014Resolution No. 626 of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine dated 3 October 2014, which entered into force as of 4 October 2014, has introduced changes to the Resolution No. 540 of the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine dated 29 August 2014, concerning additional “anti-crisis...
|Two Kansas Coops Establish Strategic Alliance|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 4, 2014, previously published on October 24, 2014Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative and Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative, both located in northeast Kansas, have established a strategic alliance in order to control costs while ensuring affordable and reliable service. A coop representative said that a consolidation of the coops could...
|Regulators Expect Continued Focus on Fair Lending|
H. Gary Pannell; Jones Walker LLP;
November 3, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Compliance with fair lending requirements continues to rank as a high priority among federal financial regulators. A panel discussion at a meeting of the Mortgage Bankers Association in late September featured representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection...
|CFPB Finalizes Rule on Annual Privacy Notices|
Robert L. Carothers; Jones Walker LLP;
November 3, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014On October 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") announced that it had finalized a rule to allow financial institutions that meet certain requirements to post their privacy policies online in lieu of mailing annual privacy notices to their customers.