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|Genco Shipping: Valuation Lessons Learned From "Underwater” Equity|
Michael S. Fox, Adam H. Friedman, Jordanna L. Nadritch; Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014Valuation is a balance of art and science. In the bankruptcy context, valuation determines which constituents are entitled to a recovery and which are not, making it a centerpiece of the restructuring process. In In re Genco Shipping & Trading, Ltd. the federal bankruptcy court in New York...
|CFPB and FTC Stop Two Payday Lending Scams|
Thomas I. Elkind; Foley & Lardner LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014In separate suits brought by the Consumer Financial Practices Bureau (“CFPB”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) federal courts have frozen the assets of two separate groups who allegedly defrauded consumers by creating unauthorized payday loans.
|The Marcotte Decision: The Supreme Court of Canada Rules Against Banks in Provincial Consumer Protection Class Action|
David T. Neave, Rebecca R. von Rüti; Davis LLP;
September 23, 2014, previously published on September 22, 2014On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “Court”) ruled in Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte (“Marcotte”) that Quebec’s consumer protection legislation is applicable to federally regulated banks such that it provides the basis for consumer class actions in...
|CFTC Votes to Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps|
Steven Lofchie, Nihal S. Patel, Jeffrey L. Robins; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 18, 2014On September 17, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) voted to re-propose rules to impose initial and variation margin requirements on uncleared swaps entered into by swap dealers and major swap participants that are not regulated by a “Prudential...
|Prudential Regulators and CFTC Re-Propose Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Swaps|
Maureen A. Donley, Elizabeth A. Mastrogiacomo, Mark D. Young; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher Flom LLP;
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 19, 2014Federal banking regulators (the Prudential Regulators) have re-proposed regulations to require certain dealers and major participants in the swap and markets to collect initial and variation margin for non-cleared swaps (the 2014 Proposal).
|The Independence of Scotland: A Legal Primer for Canadians|
Brandon Barnes; Davis LLP;
September 19, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014On September 18, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether it should become an independent state. Although Scotland is a decidedly minority partner in the economy of the United Kingdom 0 it holds 8.3% of the population of the UK and less than 10% of the UK’s estimated GDP - the prospect of...
|Judge Vacates $22 Million Verdict and Orders New Trial|
Richard A. Vance; Stites & Harbison, PLLC;
September 19, 2014Jefferson Circuit Judge Jim Shake vacated jury verdicts against several banks in a major lender liability/mortgage fraud case in Louisville. The verdict, one of the largest ever in a Kentucky lender liability case, garnered significant media attention when rendered last fall, but the order for a...
|Battling on the Front Lines of Foreclosures: What Must A Lender Consider And Do When Foreclosing On A Property Owned By A Servicemember Under The "ACT"|
Steven W. Ferrell, Meredith L. Minkus; Burr & Forman LLP;
September 18, 2014, previously published on September 16, 2014 A complicated, but sometimes overlooked, issue facing foreclosing lenders is properly handling and defending against claims that a servicemember-owner is entitled to protections from foreclosure based on his or her status as a servicemember. The “Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (2003),”...
|Do Guarantors Fall Under the Protection of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act?|
Samantha Alves Orender; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014We have discussed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act(“ECOA”), which makes it unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an applicant in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of, among other things, the applicant’s marital status, religion, sex, race, or age. The...
|Overview of the Florida Consumer Collection Practice Act|
Adam Keith Butman Brandon; Rogers Towers, P.A.;
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014As discussed in a prior post, the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA) can apply to both debt collectors (like collection agencies) and lenders who seek to collect their own debts. The FCCPA is broader than the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), which only regulates...