Opposition from state regulators to the OCC’s decision to issue special purpose national bank (or fintech) charters continues to be vigorous.  In this podcast, we review the charter’s potential benefits, assess the legal arguments made by its opponents, discuss the federal court decision refusing to dismiss the NY banking regulator’s lawsuit, why we think it’s

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, together with Democratic Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Katie Porter, have sent a letter to the Department of Education expressing concern about reports that the Department “is exploring an experiment with Income Share Agreements (ISAs) in federal higher education programs.”  The letter states that the lawmakers are “seeking to learn more about

I am delighted to share the news with our blog readers that Ballard Spahr has been shortlisted for a Chambers USA Firm of the Year award in the Financial Services Regulation category.  Winners will be announced at a reception in New York City on June 19.

The awards, which are based on the organization’s research

Last Thursday, the OCC filed a letter with the New York federal district court hearing the lawsuit filed by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) seeking to block the OCC’s issuance of special purpose national bank (SPNB) charters to fintech companies in which the OCC advised the court that it will be conferring

Congress has once again temporarily extended the National Flood Insurance Program. As previously reported, at the end of 2018 Congress temporarily extended the Program until May 31, 2019. The recent legislation (S.1693) extends the Program to June 14, 2019. The temporary extension provides time for the House of Representatives to vote on

The Department of Education has announced the new federal student loan interest rates for 2019-2020.  For the first time in three years, interest rates on federal student loans will decrease.  Rates for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans (for undergraduate students) will fall to 4.53 percent, down from 5.05 percent for the 2018-2019 academic year.  

An FDIC order assessing a $200,000 civil money penalty for a bank’s alleged TCPA violations is a stark reminder that FDIC examiners are looking at TCPA compliance.

The order states that the FDIC determined that the bank violated the TCPA and its implementing regulations by continuously calling consumers at numbers listed on the National Do

A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office titled, “Private Student Loans: Clarification from CFPB Could Help Ensure More Consistent opportunities and Treatment for Borrowers,” calls on the CFPB to provide clarification to nonbank private student loan lenders regarding private student loan rehabilitation programs.

The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection

The FTC has launched a dedicated FinTech page on its website where it has assembled FinTech-related materials.

The materials that can be accessed on the new page include Guidance (which consists of various FTC publications), Videos (which include excerpts from FTC workshops), Related Posts (which address ongoing FTC developments), and Legal Resources (which include staff

A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing titled “Justice Denied: Forced Arbitration and the Erosion of our Legal System.” This hearing, which followed an April 2 hearing at which Alan Kaplinsky testified on “Arbitration in America” before the Senate Judiciary Committee, was held in conjunction with several legislative