After reviewing the legal foundation for federal preemption of state law limits on interest, we discuss the OCC’s proposed approach for determining when a bank is the “true lender” in programs with non-bank agents, our arguments in support of the proposal made in our comment letter to the OCC, key arguments made in support

A Maine federal district court ruled that that two 2019 amendments to Maine’s credit reporting law are preempted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and granted the motion for judgment filed by the plaintiff, the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA).

One of the amendments prohibited a consumer reporting agency (CRA) from reporting medical debt

In Cohen v. Capital One Funding, LLC, the federal district court for the Eastern District of New York  joined the federal district court for the Western District of New York in Petersen v. Chase Card Funding, LLC in holding that the National Bank Act (NBA) preempts claims that the interest charged on credit card

A New York federal district court in Petersen v. Chase Card Funding, LLC held that the National Bank Act (NBA) preempted the plaintiff’s claims that the interest charged on his credit card account violated New York usury law.

The named plaintiff was the holder of a credit card issued by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (JPMCB). 

The Connecticut federal district court has ruled in Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency v. Perez that demands by the Connecticut Department of Banking (DOB) to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for federal student loan documents are preempted by federal law.  PHEAA was represented by Ballard Spahr.

PHEAA services federal student loans made by

On March 26, the American Bankers Association and the Consumer Bankers Association, represented by Ballard Spahr, filed an amicus brief in support of petitions for certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s rulings in the Blair v. Rent-A-Center appeals that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt California’s McGill rule. The

The following bills were passed by the House earlier this week:

  • The “Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy (MOBILE) Act, H.R. 1457.  Passed by a vote of 397-8, the MOBILE Act would allow a bank to scan and retain personal information from a state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card when an individual

Last week, the CFPB issued final determinations as to whether certain Maine and Tennessee laws relating to unclaimed gift cards are preempted by federal law on gift card expiration dates.  The rulings represent the CFPB’s first preemption determinations.  The Tennessee determination was requested by payment card industry representatives and the Maine determination was requested by

The CFPB intends to determine whether certain provisions of Maine and Tennessee laws relating to unclaimed gift cards are preempted by federal law on gift card expiration dates.  The CFPB’s rulings will represent the agency’s first preemption determinations.  According to the CFPB’s “notice of intent to make preemption determination” submitted for publication in the Federal