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HUD Proposed Rule Demands More Disparate and More Impact to Establish Disparate Impact Liability

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a sweeping proposed rule on August 1 seeking to amend HUD’s interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. According to HUD, the proposed rule is designed to better reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Texas Department of Housing and Community … Continue Reading

Big Picture Loans Lands Big Win for Tribal Lenders in Sovereign Immunity Case

In a recent decision by the Fourth Circuit, Big Picture Loans, LLC, an online lender owned and operated by the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe (“Tribe”), and Ascension Technologies, LLC, the Tribe’s management and consultant company successfully established that they are each arms of the Tribe … Continue Reading

Gambling on a DOJ Enforcement Action: State of the Wire Act

Banks and payment processors involved with acceptance or processing of funds relating to gambling or state lottery systems can breathe a sigh of relief—at least for now—based upon a New Hampshire district court judge’s recent interpretation of the Wire Act, which rejected a much broader Department of Justice (DOJ) position that initially sent shockwaves throughout … Continue Reading

Private Flood Insurance Mandatory Acceptance Begins July 1, 2019

In February 2019, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Farm Credit Administration, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the interagency regulators) issued a final rule implementing the portion of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act mandating acceptance of … Continue Reading

CFPB Requests Information on Remittance Rule

Last week, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) issued a request for information on its remittance rules, which are located in the Electronic Fund Transfers Act (EFTA). The request primarily seeks information and evidence related to two categories: (1) the temporary exception under the EFTA and (2) the scope of coverage of the remittance … Continue Reading

A Cannabis Banking Bill, Sitting on Capitol Hill

Legislation that would pave the way for financial institutions to transact with cannabis-related businesses operating in states that have legalized marijuana (herein “cannabis-related legitimate businesses”) is quickly working its way through the House of Representatives. The SAFE Banking Act of 2019 was introduced in the House by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) on March 7, 2019. … Continue Reading

U.S. Fifth Circuit Rejects “Vicarious Liability” Theory under RESPA

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), 12 U.S.C. § 2605, regulates loan servicers and makes servicers liable for violations of and consumer-protection regulations promulgated under the act. In many cases, plaintiffs seek to hold banks and mortgage owners—so called “principals”—vicariously liable for a servicer’s violations of RESPA. That theory has met with some success … Continue Reading

FDIC Signals Strong Support for De Novo Bank Formations

The FDIC over the past few years has taken meaningful steps to facilitate and promote the formation of de novo banks. Late last week, the agency made several significant moves to bolster that effort. In separate actions, the FDIC: issued a request for information seeking comments on how to improve the deposit insurance application process; issued an update to … Continue Reading

Financial Institutions Targeted by “London Blue” Hackers Group

A cyber threat detection company has identified a Nigerian-based hacking group that is engaging in a spearphishing campaign against financial institutions. Spearphishing is a directed email phishing campaign that is typically aimed at those with responsibilities relating to financial transactions. In this case, the group in question has compiled a list of over 35,000 CFOs … Continue Reading

To Catch a Terrorist – Innovation, AI, and Public/Private Partnerships in the World of BSA/AML

On the heels of FinCen and Federal Banking Agencies releasing a joint statement “Encouraging Innovative Industry Approaches to AML Compliance,” Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker announced a new collaborative era during the American Bankers Association’s Financial Crimes Conference, and emphasized the need for private/governmental working relationships and partnerships in order to combat … Continue Reading

De Novo Banks on the Rise

From 2000 to 2007—the seven years leading up to the recent financial crisis—the FDIC received more than 1,600 applications for deposit insurance, an average of more than 200 per year. More than 1,000 new banks ultimately were formed over this same period. During and following the financial crisis, however, de novo bank formations became almost … Continue Reading

Buyer Beware – Know Before You Wire: FTC and NAR Warn Home Buyers on Closing Costs Wire Transfer Phishing Scams

In a recent blog post on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information blog, the FTC  warned home buyers of an e-mail and wire transfer phishing scam in which hackers pose as real estate professionals or title companies and request buyers to wire their closing costs to the scammer’s account. The FTC noted that hackers … Continue Reading
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