• July 24, 2024

    Texas Judge Prods MoneyGram Worker's Retaliation Claims

    A Texas federal judge told an ex-MoneyGram International worker that she needed to establish more evidence to show why her employer fired her in retaliation for taking medical leave, saying during a Wednesday hearing that the proximity between the leave and her termination couldn't clear summary judgment.

  • July 24, 2024

    FDIC's Hill Says Basel Plan Needs New Draft With All Aboard

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s second-in-command called Wednesday for federal regulators to move in unison as they revise their controversial Basel III endgame plan for tougher big-bank capital requirements, saying any next draft should be comprehensive and backed by all the agencies involved.

  • July 24, 2024

    Failed Bank, FDIC Continue Fight Over $1.9B Account Claims

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday heard arguments on the Chapter 11 plan of the parent company of the failed Silicon Valley Bank, alongside separate arguments on the fate of $1.9 million in funds currently in the hands of federal banking regulators.

  • July 24, 2024

    Top Texas Real Estate News In 2024 So Far

    Catch up on the hottest real estate news out of Texas so far this year, from data center construction and roadblocks in a major rail project to a Texas landowner's win in a takings suit and the U.S. Department of Justice's first predatory mortgage suit. 

  • July 24, 2024

    NC Man Gets Prison, $4.4M Fine For Stealing From Customers

    A North Carolina businessman who admitted to stealing customers' bank and credit account information and spending their funds at casinos has been ordered to serve almost three years in prison and to pay a penalty of more than $4.4 million, prosecutors announced this week.

  • July 24, 2024

    22% Of FINRA Member Firms Join Remote Inspection Program

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Wednesday that 741 firms have opted to participate in a new pilot program for remote inspections of broker-dealers, representing a 22% share of the regulator's member firms.

  • July 24, 2024

    Ex-Wells Fargo Director Angles For $32M In ADA Trial

    A former Wells Fargo managing director is seeking more than $32 million in economic damages after he said the bank laid him off to avoid dealing with his accommodation request, a North Carolina federal jury heard Wednesday on the third day of his Americans with Disabilities Act trial.

  • July 24, 2024

    Pawnshop Co. Says Military Law Doesn't Back CFPB's Suit 

    National pawnshop company FirstCash says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should drop certain claims in a suit accusing it of subjecting military families to predatory lending, arguing that the bureau has admitted it has no authority to bring certain claims under the law undergirding the allegations.

  • July 24, 2024

    Latham, Stevens & Lee Guide Bitcoin Co.'s $365M SPAC Deal

    Bitcoin rewards provider Fold and a special purpose acquisition company announced Wednesday they agreed to merge through a transaction that will take Fold public at an estimated $365 million valuation, with attorneys from Stevens & Lee and Latham counseling the parties.

  • July 24, 2024

    CFPB Warns Of Anti-Whistleblower Risk In NDAs That 'Muzzle'

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau cautioned Wednesday that banks and other financial firms risk violating federal law if they require their employees to sign broad nondisclosure agreements that don't clearly allow them to talk freely with regulators or law enforcement.

  • July 24, 2024

    Teachers Say Loan Servicer's 'Abuses' Thwarted Forgiveness

    The Higher Education Loan Authority of the State of Missouri has been hit with a suit from a powerful teachers' union alleging it "deliberately ignores" its responsibilities to millions of borrowers, forcing them to forgo the savings or forgiveness to which they are entitled.

  • July 24, 2024

    Ex-Pharma Exec Gets Jail For Insider Trading On Kodak Loan

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced a former pharmaceutical executive from South Carolina to three months in prison Wednesday for taking over $500,000 of illegal trading profit based on his advance knowledge that Kodak would get a massive pandemic-era government loan.

  • July 24, 2024

    Chancery OKs $6M Deal Recovery After 'Voidness' Ruling

    The Delaware Supreme Court's partial reversal last year of a vice chancellor's findings that upheld an investment company's foreclosure on $50 million in co-founder equity units cleared the way on Wednesday for the same company to recoup more than $6 million in damages and expenses.

  • July 23, 2024

    Knives Out For Another Pro-Agency Landmark After Chevron

    Only weeks after U.S. Supreme Court conservatives took a hatchet to the judicial deference shown to federal agencies, right-leaning lawyers are imploring the justices to rock the administrative law realm again by gutting a New Deal-era precedent at the heart of the modern regulatory system.

  • July 23, 2024

    'Not Doing Enough': Banks Grilled Over Zelle Fraud, Scams

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday confronted bank executives over a new staff report that found three of the nation's largest banks have declined to reimburse customers in recent years for close to $900 million in payments reported as fraudulent or scam-related that were sent on Zelle, the largest U.S. peer-to-peer payment platform.

  • July 23, 2024

    Cooperator In Cannabis Bank Fraud Case Dodges Prison

    A U.K. national who testified against two businessmen accused of fooling banks into processing federally illicit transactions worth $150 million for California cannabis delivery company Eaze Technologies Inc. on Tuesday was spared from serving any time in prison.

  • July 23, 2024

    Nettled Exec Tells Jury Wells Fargo Doesn't Get His Disability

    A former Wells Fargo managing director who claims he was terminated because of his disability wavered between being tearful and exasperated during four hours on the stand Tuesday as he tried to explain to a jury in Charlotte what workplace accommodations he was seeking and why.

  • July 23, 2024

    Cannabis Industry Stakeholders Weigh In On Rescheduling

    As the period for public comment on the Biden administration's proposal to reclassify marijuana came to a close Monday, anti-legalization activists, marijuana industry advocates and state cannabis regulators each submitted their thoughts on the potential policy shift.

  • July 23, 2024

    Lawmakers Agree On Flexibility To Monitor AI In Finance

    Lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee agreed Tuesday that the stakes are high when it comes to regulating the use of generative artificial intelligence in financial and housing services, and appeared to agree with industry representatives that any regulation should prioritize flexibility to keep up with the fast-developing technology.

  • July 23, 2024

    CFPB Sued Over Its Probe Of Lease-To-Own Fintech Co.

    Lease-to-own fintech company Acima has accused the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of trying to overextend its authority with an unconstitutional investigation into the company's transactions that fall outside the bureau's purview. 

  • July 23, 2024

    Indonesian National Admits To $23M Ponzi Scheme

    An Indonesian national pled guilty in New York federal court on Tuesday to conspiring to defraud a group of investors out of $23 million through a Ponzi scheme, ultimately spending the money on luxury goods and real estate.

  • July 23, 2024

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Undo TD Ameritrade's One-Word IP Win

    The full Federal Circuit on Monday denied a patent owner's en banc rehearing petition challenging a one-word ruling in favor of stockbroker TD Ameritrade in a high-stakes patent fight and effectively rejected an amicus party's legal challenge to the court's rule allowing one-word affirmance decisions.

  • July 23, 2024

    Capital One Card Holders Sue To Block Discover Merger

    Capital One credit card holders launched a proposed class action seeking to block the company's $35 billion purchase of Discover Monday, claiming the acquisition will drive down competition and further consolidate the already-concentrated credit card market.

  • July 23, 2024

    No Victims, No Fraud, Trump Says In $465M Judgment Appeal

    Donald Trump has appealed the $465 million judgment against him, arguing that the New York attorney general exceeded her authority in her civil fraud suit against the former president because the statute in question does not apply to victimless transactions.

  • July 23, 2024

    Senate Dems Roll Out Bill To Codify Chevron Deference

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., led a group of Democratic senators Tuesday in introducing a bill to codify the now-defunct doctrine of Chevron deference after it was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

Expert Analysis

  • Md. Deal Highlights Consumer Finance Program Regulations

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    Maryland regulators’ recent settlement with the Bank of Missouri and its consumer lending partners, Atlanticus and Fortiva, offers a reminder that it is important to properly structure such partnerships and conduct sufficient due diligence on state licensing requirements, says Tom Witherspoon at Stinson.

  • Series

    Being A Luthier Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    When I’m not working as an appellate lawyer, I spend my spare time building guitars — a craft known as luthiery — which has helped to enhance the discipline, patience and resilience needed to write better briefs, says Rob Carty at Nichols Brar.

  • Lead Like 'Ted Lasso' By Embracing Cognitive Diversity

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    The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” aptly illustrates how embracing cognitive diversity can be a winning strategy for teams, providing a useful lesson for law firms, which can benefit significantly from fresh, diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, says Paul Manuele at PR Manuele Consulting.

  • Chevron's End Puts Target On CFPB's Aggressive BNPL Rule

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    A recent interpretative rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, subjecting buy-now, pay-later loans to the same regulations as credit cards, is unlikely to survive post-Chevron challenges of the rule's partisan and shaky logic, say Scott Pearson and Bryan Schneider at Manatt.

  • Boeing Plea Deal Is A Mixed Bag, Providing Lessons For Cos.

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    The plea deal for conspiracy to defraud regulators that Boeing has tentatively agreed to will, on the one hand, probably help the company avoid further reputational damage, but also demonstrates to companies that deferred prosecution agreements have real teeth, and that noncompliance with DPA terms can be costly, says Edmund Vickers at Red Lion Chambers.

  • Unpacking The Increasingly Popular Fair Credit Billing Act

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    The Fair Credit Billing Act is receiving increased attention from regulators and consumers disputing credit card charges, so creditors should understand its procedural requirements — including the law's focus on the mechanics of a dispute and its potential to create civil liability, say David Gettings and Courtney Hitchcock at Troutman Pepper.

  • Today's Trends In Private Credit And Unitranche Financing

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Proskauer’s Michelle Iodice analyzes recent patterns in private credit and unitranche financing transactions, including the rise of super-senior revolver loans as an alternative to traditional structure, and considers how they may shape the private credit and broadly syndicated loan markets through the remainder of 2024.

  • SVB Ch. 11 Shows Importance Of Filing Proof Of Claim Early

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    After a New York bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in SVB’s Chapter 11 case denied late claims filing requests related to post-bar date events, parties with potential claims against a debtor may need to seriously consider filing protective proofs of claim, says Kyle Arendsen at Squire Patton.

  • Cyber Incident Response Checklist For SEC Compliance

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    In light of recent guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which clarified the distinction between two types of cybersecurity incident disclosures, companies should align their materiality assessment, incident response and disclosure control processes to bolster compliance and provide a measure of protection, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 2 Rulings Serve As Conversion Fee Warnings For Banks

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    A comparison of the different outcomes in Wright v. Capital One in a Virginia federal court, and in Guerrero v. Bank of America in a North Carolina federal court, highlights how banks must be careful in describing how currency exchange fees and charges are determined in their customer agreements, say attorneys at Weiner Brodsky.

  • Expect CFPB To Enforce Warning Against 'Coercive' Fine Print

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    The recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warning against unenforceable terms "deceptively" slipped into the fine print of contracts will likely be challenged in court, but until then, companies should expect the agency to treat its guidance as law and must carefully scrutinize their consumer contracts, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Loss Causation Ruling Departs From Usual Securities Cases

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    A California federal court recently dismissed Ramos v. Comerica, finding that the allegations failed to establish loss causation, but the reasoning is in tension with the pleading-stage approaches generally followed by both courts and economists in securities fraud litigation, say Jesse Jensen and Aasiya Glover at Bernstein Litowitz.

  • Playing The Odds: Probing Sports Betting Allegations

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    With gambling-related controversies becoming a mainstay of the athletics landscape, it's essential for in-house and outside counsel to stay abreast of best practices for conducting sports betting investigations, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • What FTX Case Taught Us About Digital Asset Recoverability

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    FTX's Chapter 11 plan has drawn lots of attention, but the focus should be on the anticipated outcome for investors, which counters several myths about digital currencies, innovation and recoverability, says Kyla Curley at StoneTurn.

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