Community Banks need to be aware of the risks posed by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, because their prevalence will only increase, writes the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Wallace Young, the Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, in the recent article “What Community Bankers Should Know About Virtual Currencies” in Community Banking Connections, outlines four risks undertaken by community banks that interact with businesses in the virtual currency ecosystem: Compliance, Reputational, Credit, and Operational. Read More ›
Continuity or Change? How the Supreme Court changed the law for lenders under the FHA without changing it at all.
After leaving the public, press, regulators, and lenders lingering for six months, the Supreme Court finally produced its 5-4 opinion in Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., a blockbuster case in which the Court concluded that the Fair Housing Act permits statistically-based disparate impact claims. The Supreme Court’s opinion is important for two reasons. First, it finally puts the Supreme Court’s seal of approval on FHA disparate impact claims, a theory of liability that has been universally recognized by the federal courts of appeals. Second, it will likely embolden plaintiffs to file more suits using a disparate impact theory, which means lenders should evaluate their current policies and practices, especially discretionary pricing policies, to avoid engaging in practices that could be interpreted as discriminatory. Read More ›
Regional and community Banks often serve as Issuer Banks by providing credit and debit cards to their customers. They also can often face losses because of downstream merchant data breaches that expose the credit and debit cards to misuse. The well known data breach of Target in late 2013 and Home Depo in 2014 are but two very public examples. Read More ›
Developments in the Rules Governing Personal Identifiable Information May Have Unexpected Consequences for Lenders And Other Businesses.
Much has been written of late about data breaches and the liabilities for the unauthorized acquisition of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from institutions, including financial institutions. But what about when the alleged “breach”--the release of information --is voluntarily and/or legally compelled? What are the risks for creditors who take collateral, in security for the repayment of debt, containing PII data? What are the risks to businesses when they transfer assets that include PII? What liabilities do they face? What are the rights of customers? Read More ›
Many banks are now evaluating the pros and cons of using the new “.bank” domain. For those not already in the know, rather than continuing to use the generic “.com” domain, qualifying banks can soon switch to a more descriptive .bank top-level domain name. For example, a bank’s website address might read www.XYZinstitution.bank, rather than www.XYZinstitution.com; and its emails name.employee@XYZinstitution.bank. In 2012, fTLD Registry Services, LLC (formed by the Financial Services Roundtable and the American Bankers Association) applied to ICANN for the right to issue and manage the .bank generic top-level domain names. On September 25, 2014, fTLD was granted these rights, and it promptly established a roll-out schedule for the issuance of the .bank domain name. For those few financial institutions who hold registered trademarks in their names, open enrollment began last Sunday, May 17, 2015. For all the other banks, those without registered trademarks, general availability enrollment will begin at 8:00 pm, EDT, on June the 23rd. Read More ›
Does your company lease point-of-sale (POS) credit card terminals to customers in Tennessee? Or, are you a Tennessee merchant who accepts credit or debit card sales? If so, your company will want to be aware of a new Tennessee law that regulates POS terminal contracts. Read More ›
In a relatively unnoticed enactment of the Kentucky General Assembly, KRS § 382.290 and KRS § 382.297 were amended by Senate Bill 148, effective July 1, 2015. The amendment to § 382.290 merely codifies a generally accepted practice to include source deed descriptions within a mortgage. But the amendment to § 382.297 could have unintended consequences, as it prohibits an amended mortgage from altering the parties or the collateral of a recorded mortgage. Read More ›
Credit Reporting Agencies' Deal Could Impose Additional Investigation Rules on Companies that Furnish Credit Information
Following months of negotiations, the three largest national credit reporting agencies agreed to a sweeping settlement this week that could affect how banks, retailers, credit card companies and other credit furnishers conduct their business. Read More ›
What Last Year’s Data Privacy Rulings May Hold For Future Consumer Class Action Lawsuits – Some Predictions for Financial Institutions
Frost Brown Todd has an active practice of experienced lawyers who regularly counsel clients on all aspect of class action defense and prosecution. After analyzing recent case law developments in the class action world, some interesting observations and predictions are offered in the Class Action Section’s Class Counsel Blog Year-in-Review. Read More ›
As the 2015 tax filing season begins, it is important that individuals and businesses understand their reporting and filing obligations under the federal income tax laws. In certain situations where a financial institution discharges a debt, a Form 1099-C, Cancellation of Debt, must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service on or before February 28, 2015 (March 31, 2015 if electronically filed). Generally, for debt that was discharged during 2014, a creditor must file a Form 1099-C when the following three conditions are met: (1) the debt discharged was $600 or more; (2) the creditor is an applicable entity; and (3) an identifiable event has occurred. Read More ›
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Christopher C. Tieke is an associate in Frost Brown Todd's Louisville office, focusing his practice on business litigation. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, with magna cum laude honors; served as an Associate Member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review; and participated in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.