In this week’s podcast, a member of Ballard Spahr’s federal lobbying and government relations team discusses what’s in the Consumers First Act (H.R. 1500, intended to undo former CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s actions), the impact of current House dynamics on the bill’s or specific provisions’ prospects for passage, the topics of other financial services

I am pleased to announce that Kim Phan, an attorney noted for her work on privacy and data security issues for a variety of industries, including consumer financial services, retail, and higher education, has returned to Ballard Spahr as a partner after a short absence.  She will be based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

Alan Kaplinsky, who leads our Consumer Financial Services Group, has been invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow, April 2.

Alan will be joined by other legal and industry thought leaders in offering testimony for the Committee’s “Arbitration in America” hearing.  The hearing, the Committee’s first on the topic since 2013, is expected

In this week’s podcast, we look at co-brand credit card rewards and loyalty programs from the differing perspectives of banks and their merchant partners, including why these programs are important and the issues and challenges they present.  We also discuss marketplace trends, assess the risks created by the current regulatory environment, and offer steps for

The CFPB has announced a number of changes to its advisory committee charters, publishing notices in the Federal Register on March 22 pertaining to each advisory committee: the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Academic Research Council (ARC).

The Bureau describes these changes as “enhancements” resulting

The CFPB recently published the latest complaint snapshot report which detailed complaint numbers, trends, and top issues reported by servicemembers, veterans, and their families across the country. The report provides complaint information nationwide and on a state-by-state basis for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It covers complaints submitted throughout 2018 and notes

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook has agreed to remove age, gender, and zip code targeting for housing, employment, and credit-related advertisements as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance, the Communications Workers of America, and other plaintiffs.

While Facebook reportedly did not permit advertisers