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Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Covers mortgage fraud information, fraud schemes and indictments. By Rachel Dollar.

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Apr 17

    Final Defendant Sentenced in Foreclosure Rescue/Drug Distribution Scheme

    Final Defendant Sentenced in Foreclosure Rescue/Drug Distribution Scheme
    Julius Williams, 43, McKinney, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a combination foreclosure rescue, grow house and drug distribution scheme in the Eastern District of Texas… The defendant pleaded guilty on…
  • Apr 16

    Mother and Daughter Arrested for Scamming Homeowner

    Mother and Daughter Arrested for Scamming Homeowner
    Anna S. Lee, 54, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and her daughter, Jennifer H. Lee, 25, New York City, New York, were arrested on Monday, April 14, 2014, in connection with an alleged real estate loan scam wherein the defendants fraudulently…
  • Apr 16

    Alleged Loan Modification Scheme May Involve Over 500 Homeowner

    Alleged Loan Modification Scheme May Involve Over 500 Homeowner
    The Homeowner Legal Assistance Association (HLAA), a Florida corporation, has allegedly misled hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii by a loan modification program operated by HLAA for approximately 17 months in 2009…
Rank this Week: 2

Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Apr 17

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality
    The Internet is the modern day printing press; a revolutionary game changer. The Internet owes much of its success to the theory of net neutrality. While net neutrality is not a new topic of discussion, it has been thrust in the limelight…
  • Apr 13

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest

    National Security Space Launch: No Contest
                 Competition and innovation are key ideals in American society, and they were the main focus on March 5, 2014 when the CEOs of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance (“ULA”) testified…
  • Apr 12

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer

    Lessons from Hartney: How to Reduce Tax Forum Shopping by Illinois Retailer
                The Illinois’ Local Retailers’ Occupation Tax Acts (ROT Acts) allows “municipal governments and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to impose a retail occupation tax…
Rank this Week: 17

OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

Covers the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and its Specially Designated Nationals list. By McNabb Associates, P.C.

http://ofac-sdn-list-removal.com/
Rank this Week: 25

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 125

Australian Regulatory Compliance…

Australian Regulatory Compliance Review

Covers legal and regulatory impacts on Australian businesses. By David Jacobson.

http://www.djacobson.com/australian_regulatory_rev/
  • Apr 15

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest

    APRA defines Tier 1 mutual equity interest
    APRA has released the final amended Prudential Standard APS 111 Capital Adequacy: Measurement of Capital (APS 111), which allows mutually owned ADIs to issue Additional Tier 1 (AT1) and Tier 2 (T2) Capital instruments that will qualify to be…
  • Apr 15

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place

    Privacy case note: disclosure of personal information in public place
    Whilst cyber security receives constant publicity, the most obvious privacy breach risk is the disclosure of information in public areas, whether it is an office, a lift, a bus or an airport. In ‘BO’ and AeroCare Pty Ltd [2014]…
  • Apr 15

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar

    Financial Services and Credit Responsible Manager CPD seminar
    Our CPD seminars are taking place in Sydney on 6 May and Brisbane on 13 May. The seminar will focus on the most important regulatory issues affecting financial services responsible managers today including conduct risk, privacy and credit…
Rank this Week: 134

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
  • Apr 15

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast

    Tom Deutsch of the ASF on Eminent Domain & Loan Modifications – A Mandelman Matters Podcast
    If Professor Robert Hockett is the man behind the plan to use eminent domain to take over underwater loans and write them down for homeowners, Tom Deutsch is his arch nemesis. This is an opportunity to hear how the opposition to the plan to…
  • Apr 14

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare

    How to Handle the Increased Costs We’ll All Pay Under ObamaCare
    ObamaCare's out of pocket maximums established by the IRS for 2014 are $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family… so that means that we’ll all pay coinsurance, copays and deductibles up to those out-of-pocket limit…
  • Apr 14

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…

    It was an honor to help him get his loan modified…
    It was an honor to help Arlie Matthews get his loan modified with Bank of America. At the times when I sit and wonder why I've done what I've done, and how I can possibly continue doing it for one more day, I think of Arlie.
Rank this Week: 277

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Apr 16

    Authorities Charge Rothstein CFO With Conspiracy

    Authorities Charge Rothstein CFO With Conspiracy
    Federal authorities continued their quest to prosecute those connected to the massive $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Scott Rothstein, with Rothstein's former CFO becoming the 18th person to face charges to date.  Irene Shannon,…
  • Apr 16

    Judge Revokes Bond For Accused Ponzi Schemer After Contact With Victim

    Judge Revokes Bond For Accused Ponzi Schemer After Contact With Victim
    A federal judge has revoked bail for a Florida man accused of orchestrating a $70.9 million Ponzi scheme, siding with prosecutors' allegations of "brazen" violations of a "no-contact" condition of his bail.  Joseph Signore,…
  • Apr 15

    Massachusetts Regulators Allege TelexFREE Is $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme

    Massachusetts Regulators Allege TelexFREE Is $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme
    This article originally appeared on Forbes.com on April 15, 2014 Massachusetts securities regulators have initiated civil proceedings accusing a Massachusetts and Nevada company of operating a massive pyramid andPonzi…
Rank this Week: 342

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Covers accounting/auditing, commercial lending, credit unions, electronic banking, privacy, RESPA and stocks. By Kevin Funnell.

http://www.banklawyersblog.com/3_bank_lawyers/
  • Apr 15

    Shaming The Shamele

    Shaming The Shamele
    Venable LLP's Randy Shaheen and Amy Mudge might just be prime candidates for guest posts on Bank Lawyer's Blog. A recent "All About Advertising Law" post launched a snark attack that made this blogger proud. The victim was every…
  • Apr 13

    Fannie Slams The Door Shut

    Fannie Slams The Door Shut
    Alleged shenanigans in foreclosure proceedings by lenders' counsel in Colorado, which we've previously discussed here and here, have prompted some serious consequences for two of the law firms fingered in the investigations. Fannie Mae is not…
  • Apr 10

    ICBA Tries To Break The Choke Hold

    ICBA Tries To Break The Choke Hold
    The ICBA is starting to gag on Operation Choke Point. Before it and its members pass out from lack of oxygen, it's demanding that the Department of Justice loosen its grip on the windpipes of its members. In a letter...
Rank this Week: 444

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

Offers investigative reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud. By Chris Carey.

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Mar 28

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation of Kandi Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: KNDI), a Chinese company that has been the subject of several Sharesleuth stories. Kandi did not mention the investigation in the…
  • Oct 31

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing
    The principals of two financial firms that sued Twitter Inc. for $124 million in damages have a history of dealings with questionable companies and questionable partners. Continental Advisors SA and Precedo Capital Group Inc. say Twitter…
  • Sep 23

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer
    (Editor’s Note: Sharesleuth has taken down the story on Virtual Piggy Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG) that appeared under this headline last Friday. We will publish a revised version shortly.)
Rank this Week: 482

InfoBytes Blog

InfoBytes Blog

Monitors and reports on news, legal developments and legislative actions affecting the financial services industry. By Buckley Sandler LLP.

http://www.infobytesblog.com/
  • Apr 11

    FFIEC Advises Financial Institutions On “Heartbleed” Risk

    FFIEC Advises Financial Institutions On “Heartbleed” Risk
    On April 10, the FFIEC issued an alert advising financial institutions of risks associated with “Heartbleed”, a recently discovered material security vulnerability in a commonly used encryption method known as the OpenSSL…
  • Apr 11

    House Committee Members Express Concerns About Operation Choke Point

    House Committee Members Express Concerns About Operation Choke Point
    On April 8 the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing with the general counsels of the federal banking agencies regarding, among other things, Operation Choke Point, the federal enforcement operation reportedly intended to cut off…
  • Apr 11

    Illinois AG Licensing Enforcement Actions Target Payday Loan Lead Generator, Lender

    Illinois AG Licensing Enforcement Actions Target Payday Loan Lead Generator, Lender
    On April 7, Illinois Attorney General (AG) Lisa Madigan sued a payday loan lead generator to enforce a 2012 cease and desist order issued by the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The regulator and the AG…
Rank this Week: 527

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

Features news, commentary and thoughts on the law of the securities markets. By Mark Astarita.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 7

    SEC Announces Additional $150,000 Payment to Recipient of First Whistleblower Award

    SEC Announces Additional $150,000 Payment to Recipient of First Whistleblower Award
    The SEC has announced that the whistleblower who received the first award under the agency's new whistleblower program will receive an additional $150,000 payout after the SEC collected additional funds in the case.The whistleblower, who the…
  • Apr 7

    New Jersey Brokerage Firm Charged in Manipulation

    New Jersey Brokerage Firm Charged in Manipulation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission charged the owner of a Holmdel, N.J.-based brokerage firm with manipulative trading of publicly traded stocks through an illegal practice known as "layering" or "spoofing."The SEC also charged the owner…
  • Apr 5

    SEC Expanding the Scope of Insider Trading

    SEC Expanding the Scope of Insider Trading
    Despite all of the insider trading investigations and cases we have handled there are two aspects of these cases that still amaze us - the convoluted charges that the Commission  sometimes files, and the contortions that some folks go…
Rank this Week: 559

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

Covers asset management, litigation, and rating agencies. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Apr 8

    ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund

    ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund
    On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Questions and Answers paper on the application of the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) Regulation (Regulation 346/2013) and the European Venture…
  • Apr 8

    Updated Basel III Monitoring Workbook Published

    Updated Basel III Monitoring Workbook Published
    The Bank for International Settlements has published on its website an updated version of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s Basel III monitoring workbook, accompanying instructions and a list of frequently asked questions.…
  • Apr 8

    FCA Publishes Report on Hedge Fund Activity in the UK

    FCA Publishes Report on Hedge Fund Activity in the UK
    On March 24, the FCA published a report which sets out its findings from a survey of hedge fund activity in the UK. Key findings are: 98 percent of total leverage used by hedge funds in the UK is acquired through Read More
Rank this Week: 775

The AAO Weblog

The AAO Weblog

Deals with current accounting topics related to investment and finance. By Jack Ciesielski.

http://www.accountingobserver.com/PublicBlog/tabid/54/BlogId/1/Default.aspx
  • Nov 17

    Fair Value Puzzles: M&T Buys Wilmington Trust

    Fair Value Puzzles: M&T Buys Wilmington Trust
    First-things-first disclosure: I own M&T Bank in my accounts and in accounts of clients.
  • Feb 25

    For Your Reading Pleasure

    For Your Reading Pleasure
    Finished writing an Accounting Observer report on the FASB's recent amendments of revenue accounti
  • Feb 23

    Deciding To Decide

    Deciding To Decide
    At an open meeting tomorrow morning, the SEC's commissioners "will consider whether to publish a statement regarding its continued support for a single-set of high-quality globally accepted accounting standards and its ongoing consideration…
Rank this Week: 811

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
  • Apr 14

    The Old Cut And Paste Gets The Old UBS Heave-ho

    The Old Cut And Paste Gets The Old UBS Heave-ho
    In this digital age there are still folks who physically cut-and-paste. How quaint. Of course, quaint or not, when you start using the terms "cut-and-paste" "Individual Retirement Account" and "Letter of Authorization" in the same sentence,…
  • Apr 12

    Mom, Her IRA, And Her Stockbroker Son

    Mom, Her IRA, And Her Stockbroker Son
    Here's an interesting cocktail of facts: an IRA, a mother, powers of attorney, and a stockbroker son. Add into that mix questions about whether a $60,000 transfer was a gift. As with all mixtures of family and money, this one doesn't end…
  • Apr 12

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com
    Stockbroker, Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory JobsFor a full listing of current job openings, visit the BrokeAndBroker Employment Page BrokeAndBroker.c...
Rank this Week: 845

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Apr 17

    Business Groups File Shareholder Proposal Rulemaking Petition

    Business Groups File Shareholder Proposal Rulemaking Petition
    Business Groups File Shareholder Proposal Rulemaking Petition Broc recently noted the ongoing dialogue about revisiting Rule 14a-8, including SEC Commissioner Gallagher's recent speech, Ed Knight's WSJ op-ed and Ann Yerger's WSJ op-ed…
  • Apr 16

    Was the Conflict Minerals Ruling a "Win" for SEC Rulemaking?

    Was the Conflict Minerals Ruling a "Win" for SEC Rulemaking?
    Was the Conflict Minerals Ruling a "Win" for SEC Rulemaking? As I noted in yesterday's blog, the opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the appeal of National Association of Manufacturers, et…
  • Apr 15

    Big News: Court of Appeals Rules in the Conflict Minerals Case

    Big News: Court of Appeals Rules in the Conflict Minerals Case
    Big News: Court of Appeals Rules in the Conflict Minerals Case Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in the appeal of National Association of Manufacturers, et al., v. Securities and…
Rank this Week: 905

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Reports on judicial decisions of significance to business and shareholders. By Mack Sperling of Brooks Pierce LLP.

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
  • Apr 9

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit
    When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008,  I was disappointed,…
  • Apr 8

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer
    Construction lawyers in North Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief.  On Friday of last week, the Business Court ruled that the service of on-line service provider Lienguard in preparing claims of lien constitutes the unauthorized…
  • Apr 7

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency
    Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents.  It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction.  Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil, Inc.,…
Rank this Week: 1001

That Credit Union Blog

That Credit Union Blog

Covers current issues affecting the credit union industry. By the law firm of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis.

http://thatcreditunionblog.wordpress.com
  • Apr 8

    Trusts Made Simple

    Trusts Made Simple
    By Matthew M. Young, Attorney As general counsel for many credit unions, among the most common inquiry I address relates to the law of trusts.  Trusts law is a complex area of the law and for those credit unions navigating these waters,…
  • Apr 3

    Credit Unions and the Battle to Expand the MBL Cap and Retain Their Tax Exempt Statu

    Credit Unions and the Battle to Expand the MBL Cap and Retain Their Tax Exempt Statu
    By Matthew Urban, Attorney First there was LBJ’s war on poverty in the 1960′s and then President Reagan’s war on drugs in the 1980′s.  The common thread among all of these “wars” is that for better or…
  • Apr 1

    CFPB Enforcement of FDCPA Against First Party Collectors: What You Need to Know

    CFPB Enforcement of FDCPA Against First Party Collectors: What You Need to Know
    By James J. Todd, Attorney The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arose out of the national foreclosure crisis in July 2010 by way of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the…
Rank this Week: 1081

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Covers Sarbanes-Oxley and compliance.

http://insidesarbanesoxley.com/
  • Sep 10

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act
    If your organization isn’t already offering incentives to ferret out inappropriate behaviors, the new Dodd-Frank Act and whistleblowing rewards just might (and could make your company the next public spectacle). Deloitte’s…
  • May 26

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum
    The department painstakingly went through its inventory of SOX controls to determine which ones could be assessed just by analyzing data in company systems. Then data-analytic scripts were written to allow exceptions to be found. Now, for…
  • May 26

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader
    Ever since stock-listing requirements prompted many US companies to name an independent director to serve as the chairman, lead director, or presiding director of the board, these companies have been grappling with what, exactly, this board…
Rank this Week: 1041

Financial Institutions Law Blog

Financial Institutions Law Blog

Covers issues such as usury, form compliance for federal and state consumer transactions, UCC and securitization issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.financialinstitutionlawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1190

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

Covers reverse mergers, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), and other alternatives to initial public offerings (IPOs). By David Feldman.

http://www.reversemergerblog.com/
  • May 22

    Join Us On My New Blog!

    Join Us On My New Blog!
    All: as of May 1, 2013, I am now blogging exclusively at http://www.davidfeldmanblog.com. In addition to continuing my coverage of alternatives to traditional IPOs, including reverse mergers, we have expanded the commentary to include the…
  • Mar 9

    Market Surges But Microcaps Still Struggle – Let’s Give Everyone Short Form Registration

    Market Surges But Microcaps Still Struggle – Let’s Give Everyone Short Form Registration
    Of course we are all happy that the stock market has been hitting new highs this past week. It has been a long road back from 2009 when the market had less than half its current value. The M&A market is awake, lots of large financings…
  • Mar 5

    Dow Hits New High

    Dow Hits New High
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average has beaten the previous record high of 14,198.10 set in October 2007. That’s a pretty cool thing. If only we felt as positive and optimistic as we did in October 2007, but then again that’s just…
Rank this Week: 1192

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference
    Most of us have at least a “street-level” understanding of defamation. Individuals that hear or read damaging false statements about themselves or their business typically think: “I need to find a defamation lawyer.”…
  • Mar 19

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management
    In 1378, the Statute of Scandalum Magnatum granted judges and church officials in England a legal right to compensation if they had been insulted or defamed. The first Common Law defamation action on record was filed in England in 1507. …
  • Mar 12

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List
    Troy Kennedy (Kennedy”) left his position as director and executive officer of a trust and investment company when that company was bought by Central Trust & Investment Company (“CTI”). Kennedy left to found a competing…
Rank this Week: 1387

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Covers bank director and officer liability. By Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC.

http://www.bankdandolaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1410

Florida Banking Law Blog

Florida Banking Law Blog

Covers legal developments impacting banking, finance and loan enforcement in Florida. By Rogers Towers, PA.

http://www.floridabankinglawblog.com/
  • Apr 15

    “Substantial Compliance” With Notice Requirements Not Enough

    “Substantial Compliance” With Notice Requirements Not Enough
    Authored by Adam B. Brandon of Rogers TowersFlorida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal recently emphasized the need for lenders to strictly comply with the notice requirements of a mortgage prior to foreclosure. In Samaroo v. Wells Fargo,…
  • Apr 11

    Claims Against Failed Banks Must Go Through the FDIC’s Administrative Claims Proce

    Claims Against Failed Banks Must Go Through the FDIC’s Administrative Claims Proce
    Authored by Scott J. Kennellyand Adam B. Brandon of Rogers TowersAs described in a previous post, the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) requires that anyone with a claim against a failed bank…
  • Apr 3

    Eleventh Circuit Holds Replacement Value – Applies to Surrender of Collateral in Chapter 13 Plan

    Eleventh Circuit Holds Replacement Value – Applies to Surrender of Collateral in Chapter 13 Plan
    Authored by J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.and Armando Nozzolillo of Rogers TowersOn March 27, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit (the “Court”) issued a ruling, which will have a major impact on how Chapter 7 and 13 debtors are able to treat…
Rank this Week: 1619

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

Covers the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). By Sterbcow Law Group LLC.

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Feb 10

    RESPA: CFPB ISSUES CONSENT ORDER AGAINST MORTGAGE LENDER FOR ILLEGAL OFFICE SPACE LEASE AGREEMENT

    RESPA: CFPB ISSUES CONSENT ORDER AGAINST MORTGAGE LENDER FOR ILLEGAL OFFICE SPACE LEASE AGREEMENT
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "CFPB" issued a Consent Order against Fidelity Mortgage Corporation "FFMC" and Mark Figert on January 16, 2014 for engaging in illegal business practices which violated Section 8 of the Real Estate…
  • Jan 31

    RESPA: FEDERAL COURT CERTIFIES MARKETING AGREEMENT CLASS ACTION

    RESPA: FEDERAL COURT CERTIFIES MARKETING AGREEMENT CLASS ACTION
    The United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division certified a Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act "RESPA" class action lawsuit on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 involving marketing agreements between a "Team" of real…
  • Jan 31

    RESPA KICKBACKS: CFPB GOES AFTER LENDER FOR MORTGAGE INSURANCE KICKBACK ARRANGEMENT

    RESPA KICKBACKS: CFPB GOES AFTER LENDER FOR MORTGAGE INSURANCE KICKBACK ARRANGEMENT
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced they initiated an administrative proceeding against mortgage lender PHH Corporation on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The CFPB alleges that PHH originated consumer mortgages it steered consumers…
Rank this Week: 1717

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

Covers accounting news, events and opinions by Big Four alumni.

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1790

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Covers business law for entrepreneurs, emerging companies and the investment management industry. By Alexander J. Davie.

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1942

Blog y Lana finanzas personales…

Blog y Lana finanzas personales que se entienden

Porque de nada sirve ganar mucho dinero si no sabemos mantenerlo en nuestra bolsa. Finanzas personales que se entienden.

http://www.blogylana.com/
  • Apr 11

    Conseguir clientes, tener o no tener tarjeta. Podcast #134

    Conseguir clientes, tener o no tener tarjeta. Podcast #134
    El ya clásico dilema: me ofrecen una tarjeta de crédito (o ya me llegó a casa)… ¿la acepto o no la acepto? ¿me conviene? Aquí mi consejo. Quiero ser freelance pero no se como conseguir…
  • Apr 7

    Facebook y la economía de lo grati

    Facebook y la economía de lo grati
    Ya todos lo saben: Facebook está matando las visitas orgánicas de todos. Empresas gigantes y páginas personales por igual. Para quien no lo sepa he aquí en breve resumen: Tienes una página de tu sitio,…
  • Apr 2

    Vivir a los 40 en casa de mamá para ahorrar ¿vale la pena?

    Vivir a los 40 en casa de mamá para ahorrar ¿vale la pena?
    Esta es la sección de invitados. Todos los lectores de Blog&Lana están invitados a colaborar con un artículo (o dos o más) siempre y cuando, esté de alguna manera relacionado con el dinero, sea…
Rank this Week: 2061

Banking Law Update

Banking Law Update

Provides updates and commentary on developments in law affecting banks and financial institutions. By Verrill Dana LLP.

http://www.bankinglawupdate.com/
  • Apr 3

    Bank Regulators Warn About Cyber-Attack

    Bank Regulators Warn About Cyber-Attack
    On April 2, 2014, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter notifying banks of recent “large dollar” ATM fraud and related cyber-attacks aimed at tapping into web-based control panels for ATMs. The FDIC highlighted a recent…
  • Mar 26

    Financial Institutions . . . In the New

    Financial Institutions . . . In the New
    Consumer confidence still high as national home sales dropped in February.  (Bangor Daily News 3.25.2014) Proposed bill would exempt insurance firms from same capital and liquidity requirements imposed on banks.  (Bloomberg…
  • Feb 24

    Financial institutions . . . In the New

    Financial institutions . . . In the New
    Maine’s Northeast Bancorp gains prior Obama Cabinet member.  (Bangor Daily News 1.24.2014) Maine banks and credit unions collaborate on training and education to stop elder financial abuse.  (Bangor Daily News…
Rank this Week: 1882

Investment Fund Law Blog

Investment Fund Law Blog

Provides updates and insights on legal issues facing fund managers and investors. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

http://www.investmentfundlawblog.com/
  • Mar 27

    Financial Markets Association's 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25

    Financial Markets Association's 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25
    The Financial Markets Association is hosting its annual Securities Compliance Seminar in Nashville, TN on April 23-25,2014.  This seminar is intensive training for intermediate as well as seasoned compliance specialists, internal…
  • Mar 27

    Financial Markets Association’s 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25

    Financial Markets Association’s 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25
    The Financial Markets Association is hosting its annual Securities Compliance Seminar in Nashville, TN on April 23-25, 2014.  This seminar is intensive training for intermediate as well as seasoned compliance specialists, internal…
  • Mar 27

    Financial Markets Association’s 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25

    Financial Markets Association’s 2014 Securities Compliance Seminar- April 23-25
    The Financial Markets Association is hosting its annual Securities Compliance Seminar in Nashville, TN on April 23-25, 2014.  This seminar is intensive training for intermediate as well as seasoned compliance specialists, internal…
Rank this Week: 2094

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Covers credit card and other debt suit litigation in Texas from the defense side, including substantive legal and evidentiary issues, and comparative analysis of pleadings, legal theories, and litigation strategy. By Wolfgang Demino.

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
Rank this Week: 1978

VentureBlog

VentureBlog

Covers entrepreneurial success, legal issues, management issues, presenting your company, and more. By David Hornik.

http://ventureblog.com/
  • Jun 7

    Ten Years of Venture Capital: Just Getting Started

    Ten Years of Venture Capital: Just Getting Started
    Over this weekend I celebrated my tenth anniversary as a Venture Capitalist. When I joined August Capital 10 years ago, things weren't so different than they are today. There had been a period of real exuberance in venture investing but it…
  • May 7

    What a Fucking Waste of Time

    What a Fucking Waste of Time
    One of the lead tech stories this week concerned the wild and crazy early days of Facebook. According to David Kirkpatrick's soon to be released book, "The Facebook Effect," Mark Zuckerberg used to have business cards that read "I'm CEO ...…
  • Apr 2

    Why the Time for Mobile is Now

    Why the Time for Mobile is Now
    I was at a party the other night to celebrate the first anniversary of Nokia's "Ideas Project." The "Ideas Project" is an effort to bring together a diverse group of smart folks to share their thoughts on the evolution of media.
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NC Business & Banking Law Blog

NC Business & Banking Law Blog

Legal news and analysis on matters affecting financial institutions and other businesses, with an emphasis on North Carolina. By Matt Cordell.

http://bizlawnc.com/
  • Apr 15

    CFPB Offers Reprieve to Banks on Foreign Remittance Transfer

    CFPB Offers Reprieve to Banks on Foreign Remittance Transfer
    Photo credit: epSos.de In August of last year, I summarized the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Foreign Remittance Transfer rules here on the North Carolina Business & Banking Law Blog. Those rules became effective in late October…
  • Mar 15

    Banks Can (and Must) Manage Social Media Risks Effectively

    Banks Can (and Must) Manage Social Media Risks Effectively
    image by Matt Cordell using Creative Commons content BY-SA 3.0 Bankers, does your bank use social media?  Do employees use social media on behalf of the bank? Did you know that examiners will be looking for a social media risk…
  • Feb 26

    Important Supreme Court Case Regarding Spousal Guarantee

    Important Supreme Court Case Regarding Spousal Guarantee
    image by Silver SeasonFew things seem to vex commercial lenders with more frequency than spousal guarantees.  The Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA"), its implementing regulation, Regulation B, and the interpretations given to…
Rank this Week: 2415

Redeye VC

Redeye VC

Offers a view of startup ecosystem. By Josh Kopelman.

http://redeye.firstround.com/
  • Apr 14

    80% of Your Culture is Your Founder

    80% of Your Culture is Your Founder
    When Molly Graham joined Facebook in 2008, the company still felt scrappy. With 400 employees serving 80 million users, people were so busy “moving fast and breaking things” that the culture still needed to be defined. Graham was…
  • Apr 9

    Hyper-Growth Done Right - Lessons From the Man Who Scaled Engineering at Dropbox and Facebook

    Hyper-Growth Done Right - Lessons From the Man Who Scaled Engineering at Dropbox and Facebook
    Radical expansion must be in Aditya Agarwal’s genes. When he started as an engineer at Facebook, the company had fewer than 15 people. Within 6 years, he had risen to Director of Product Engineering, leading 2,000 employees to reach 700…
  • Apr 7

    When You're at the Crossroads of Should and Must

    When You're at the Crossroads of Should and Must
    Elle Luna is an artist and designer who lives and works in San Francisco. She worked with teams to design and build Mailbox, redesign Uber’s iPhone app, and scale the storytelling platform Medium. Before startups,…
Rank this Week: 2148

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Apr 11

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement
    Cornerstone Research has released its annual report on securities class action settlements. The notable findings include: (1) There were 67 settlements last year, a 17.5% increase from 2012. The report concludes that the increase is likely…
  • Mar 28

    Shielding From Suspicion

    Shielding From Suspicion
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued an opinion - Yates v. Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC, 2014 WL 890018 (4th Cir. March 7, 2014) - that clarifies the court's position on several securities fraud issues....
  • Mar 13

    Back To The Well

    Back To The Well
    Securities litigation? Check. Then you are well on your way to getting your cert petition granted by the U.S. Supreme Court. After agreeing just last week to hear Omnicare and resolve a circuit split over the pleading of false opinions...
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Pension Risk Matters

Pension Risk Matters

Focuses on pension financial risk issues from a governance and fiduciary perspective. Published by Susan M. Mangiero.

http://www.pensionriskmatters.com/
  • Apr 4

    Pension Usage of Swap

    Pension Usage of Swap
    I have been writing, training and consulting about the use of derivatives by pension plans for many years. There is no shortage of topics, especially in the aftermath of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ("Dodd-Frank")…
  • Apr 2

    Fifth Third Bancorp v John Dudenhoeffer

    Fifth Third Bancorp v John Dudenhoeffer
    For those unable to attend the April 2, 2014 U.S. Supreme Court hearing, a review of the transcript of Fifth Third Bancorp et al v. John Dudenhoeffer et al (No. 12-751) may be of interest. Appearances were made by Robert A. Long, Esquire and…
  • Mar 31

    Cat Food or Cruises For Retirement

    Cat Food or Cruises For Retirement
    When I taught personal finance and investment management courses as a finance professor in the 1990's, I talked at length about the need to save early and save big. We went through sensitivity analyses that were based on input from the…
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Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

Covers Middle East banking and finance law. By Latham & Watkins LLP.

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Feb 12

    Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanction

    Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanction
    Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had met its initial obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (Joint Plan) with the “P5+1” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia,…
  • Feb 2

    How LIBOR Administration Change will Impact Financial Contract

    How LIBOR Administration Change will Impact Financial Contract
    This month, the UK Financial Conduct Authority formally authorised ICE Benchmark Administration Limited (IBA) to assume responsibility for the administration of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). IBA is a subsidiary of the…
  • Jan 29

    How Greater Regulation Will Lead to Islamic Finance Growth in Qatar

    How Greater Regulation Will Lead to Islamic Finance Growth in Qatar
    Qatar is set to further enhance financial markets regulation by developing a consistent risk-based regulatory framework.  Governor H.E. Abdulla bin Saoud al Thani has announced a three-year strategic plan, which was jointly drafted by…
Rank this Week: 2355

Current Issues in Credit Unions

Current Issues in Credit Unions

Covers credit unions and the issues they face daily. Hosted by Brian Witt, Guy Messick, Gwen Baker and Robert Rutkowski.

http://ciicu.libsyn.com
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The PSLRA Nugget

The PSLRA Nugget

Covers securities class action case law. By Christopher S. Jones.

http://pslranugget.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 3

    The Nugget is Moving to a New Home

    The Nugget is Moving to a New Home
    Please update your bookmarks, as the PSLRA Nugget is moving to a new easier to remember website address.  Also if you are getting this by email, and you would like to continue getting it that way, you just need to go to
  • Feb 2

    Yes Shorter is Better (at least in legal briefing)

    Yes Shorter is Better (at least in legal briefing)
    OK, you know who you are.  The serial page extension requesters.  But Judge, we have to have 100 pages to explain it.  I know, I know, we've all done it.  And yes I agree sometimes it's necessary.  But District Judge Joy Flowers Conti…
  • Mar 18

    Confidential Sources Still Alive & Kicking

    Confidential Sources Still Alive & Kicking
    What's that? You thought Tellabs banned confidential witnesses? Well, let's not get carried away here, as there's certainly at least two ways to read that opinion. Of course, after the 7th Circuit decided Higginbotham v. Baxter, it was…
Rank this Week: 2170

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Covers business and legal issues affecting loan repurchases, mortgage-backed securities and mortgage insurance. By Bilzin Sumberg.

http://www.mortgagecrisiswatch.com/
  • Apr 11

    Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

    Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case
    Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v. Bank of…
  • Apr 8

    Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie

    Recently Unveiled “HOME Forward” Housing Act May Signal the End of Fannie and Freddie
    Momentum in housing-finance reformation picked up speed last month as the House Financial Services Committee unveiled the proposed Housing Opportunities Move the Economy (HOME) Forward Act of 2014. The proposed HOME Forward Act was…
  • Apr 2

    Ninth Circuit Rules National Banks are Residents Only of Their Home State

    Ninth Circuit Rules National Banks are Residents Only of Their Home State
    The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (encompassing nine Western states and two Pacific islands) has held that for purposes of diversity jurisdiction a national bank is a citizen only of the state in which its main office…
Rank this Week: 2563

Southeast VC

Southeast VC

Covers businesses, trends, technology and venture investing in the Southeast. By Jason Caplain.

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Apr 11

    Durham, Washington DC, Tech Job

    Durham, Washington DC, Tech Job
    Like all VC firms, we receive a lot of resumes. And I just wanted to post here as a reminder that most of our companies are hiring. ChannelAdvisor - Morrisville NC Etix - Morrisville NC Global Value Commerce - Raleigh...
  • Apr 9

    Reference Check a VC

    Reference Check a VC
    Pulling up and referencing some old blog posts, but I think this is important topic. Entrepreneurs need to take time to do their homework referencing a new investor. With some recent financings I have seen getting done, this was not...
  • Apr 2

    Proof: Innovation is Happening Outside of Silicon Valley

    Proof: Innovation is Happening Outside of Silicon Valley
    I couldn't make it out for the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day, which Google hosted earlier today. My partner David Jones was there and I watched remotely. You can watch it here. A few comments: I know the Valley is...
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Canadian M&A Perspectives

Canadian M&A Perspectives

Covers developments in private and public mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. By McCarthy Tetrault.

http://www.canadianmergersacquisitions.com
  • Apr 10

    Fairness Opinions – Important Ontario Court Comment

    Fairness Opinions – Important Ontario Court Comment
    By Graham Gow, Jonathan Grant, Andrew Parkerand Matthew Cumming The following article by Graham P.C. Gow, Jonathan Grant, Andrew Parker and Matthew Cumming may be of interest to readers of this blog: Fairness Opinions – Important…
  • Apr 2

    Hot Off the Press – Doing Business in Canada: Navigating Opportunities for Investment and Growth

    Hot Off the Press – Doing Business in Canada: Navigating Opportunities for Investment and Growth
    By McCarthy Tétrault LLP If your organization is currently thinking about establishing or acquiring a business in Canada, the newest edition of Doing Business in Canada, written by McCarthy Tétrault, will prove to be a valuable…
  • Feb 14

    Don’t “put” yourself at risk

    Don’t “put” yourself at risk
    Beware of the use of put and call optionsBy Patrick Boucher Canadian securities legislation provides that a take-over bid may be triggered when an offer to acquire outstanding voting or equity securities of a class of a public company is made…
Rank this Week: 2554

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
  • Mar 25

    SEC Investment Advisor 2014 Compliance Outreach Program

    SEC Investment Advisor 2014 Compliance Outreach Program
    On January 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission hosted a compliance outreach program for investment companies and investment advisors. The national seminar, which was jointly sponsored by the Office of Compliance Inspections and…
  • Mar 13

    SEC Announces Plans To Examine Never-Before Examined RIA

    SEC Announces Plans To Examine Never-Before Examined RIA
    On February 20, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is launching an initiative, through its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE"), to conduct examinations of investment advisers that have been…
  • Feb 7

    Public Solicitations on Rule 506 offering

    Public Solicitations on Rule 506 offering
    Several Congressmen and an SEC Commissioner have independently urged the SEC to move forward with adopting proposed rules that impose additional requirements on public solicitations of Rule 506 offerings. At the same time that the SEC…
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Financial Industry Resource Center

Financial Industry Resource Center

Covers the financial crisis. By Hunton & Williams.

http://www.huntonfinancialindustryresourcecenter.com/
  • Jan 23

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal
    On December 18, 2013, the SEC proposed rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act to amend Regulation A (Rules 251-263 under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act")). The proposed rules, which have been referred to informally as…
  • Nov 27

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker
    A recent court order in favor of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or CFTC) and new rules issued by CFTC establish a standard of liability for depository institutions that fail to fulfill their customer funds protection obligations…
  • Apr 11

    SEC and CFTC Adopt Rules on Red Flags and Identity Theft

    SEC and CFTC Adopt Rules on Red Flags and Identity Theft
    On April 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) jointly adopted rules that require broker-dealers, mutual funds, investment advisers and certain…
Rank this Week: 2824

Dividends and Preferences

Dividends and Preferences

Musings on Venture Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship. By Hank J. Heyming.

http://www.dividendsandpreferences.com/
  • Jan 24

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective
    {EAV:984c4a016f17013d} Microsoft acquires Skype! Largest Microsoft acquisition ever!! Facebook jilted!!! Google jilted!!!! Wait, Facebook wins through Microsoft!!!!! Wait, Microsoft overpaid by $4 billion with a B!!!!!! OMG Google just…
  • May 10

    Nerd Chic

    Nerd Chic
    Lately, I've noticed a new twist to the typical ebb and flow of the fashion wars.  It occurred to me that, for perhaps the first time in my lifetime, it is cool right now to be a nerd.
  • Apr 25

    Out and About

    Out and About
    Hey folks -- I'm getting ready to head down to the RTP area for the annual CED Venture Conference.  This year it is in downtown Raleigh, instead of Pinehurst, and looks to be bigger and better than ever. So, if anyone happens to be in the…
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The Venture Alley

The Venture Alley

Covers business and legal issues for entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists and angel investors. By DLA Piper.

http://www.theventurealley.com
Rank this Week: 3207