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|No safe havens|
Maurice Martin; Withers Bergman LLP;
March 4, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015Drones! These are the latest method used by the tax authority of Argentina to identify mansions on “empty” plots and swimming pools not declared on tax returns.
|Bad Checks: Know Your Options|
David Brown; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 05, 2015From a business perspective, there's not much worse than believing you've resolved a troubled account, only to receive a notice of no sufficient funds ("NSF") from your bank after depositing payment. Suddenly, the account that you thought you resolved is a problem again. Additionally, you...
|What’s in Store for 2015 Regarding CFPB Regulations? Answer: enforcement.|
Matthew G. Burg; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015In 2014, the new consumer mortgage rules made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) took effect. Generally, the CFPB implemented laws to protect consumers from negative actions by mortgage servicers and to provide consumers more transparency in working with servicers and...
|CFPB Enforcement Action against "Buy-here, Pay-here" Auto Dealer|
Peter L. Cockrell, Brett M. Kitt, Gil Rudolph, J. Scott Sheehan; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 17, 2015, previously published on December 03, 2014On Nov. 19, the CFPB entered into a consent order with a “buy-here, pay-here” auto dealer to settle allegations of illegal debt collection practices and improper credit reporting practices. In addition to selling vehicles, such dealers also originate, hold and service the financing...
|A First Look at New York City’s Next Generation of Entrepreneurs|
Joseph C. Gangitano; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 16, 2015, previously published on December 9, 2014It was great to see the New York entrepreneurial community and the next generation of entrepreneurs gather at this year’s Columbia Business School (CBS) Fall Venture Fair, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Approximately 40 student business teams were showcased to more than 100 guest...
|Another Step in Making Connecticut More Business Friendly|
Andrew C. Glassman; GrayRobinson P.A.;
February 13, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014The year 2014 saw innovation by the state Legislature with its passage of the Model Entity Transactions Act (META) and the Social Benefit Corporation Act (SBCA). The Business Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association was instrumental in shepherding these acts through the legislative process to...
|CFPB Proposes Rules For Prepaid Products|
Erich M. Hellmold, Aaron M. Kaslow, Kevin M. Toomey; Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP;
January 10, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014On November 13, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a proposed rule (the “Proposal”) that would provide significant consumer protections for prepaid accounts through substantial amendments to Regulation E (Electronic Fund Transfer Act) and Regulation Z...
|The CASL Regime(s)—Anti-Spam and Anti-Malware|
Tim (Timothy) M. Banks, Margot E. Patterson; Dentons Canada LLP;
January 8, 2015, previously published on November 13, 2014CASL is a new regime, with significant administrative monetary penalties (maximum CA$10 million), and is broader in scope than the anti-spam laws of the US and other countries. If you do business in Canada, you are likely aware that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) targets unsolicited commercial...
|New York Puts Assets in Foreign Bank Branches Beyond the Reach of Judgment Creditors|
Lee A. Armstrong, Sevan Ogulluk; Jones Day;
December 16, 2014, previously published on November 2014Two weeks ago, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision of great importance to global financial institutions. For the first time, the state's highest court confirmed that New York common law prevents a court from freezing a civil judgment debtor's assets held in foreign bank accounts....
|EBA Opinion on CRD IV Use of Special Allowances|
Harvey Knight, Kirsten Lapham, Colin Smith; Withers Bergman LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 4, 2014The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published an opinion on the application of the Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV), the principles of remuneration policies of credit institutions and investment firms and the use of special allowances.