BLT: March 2013

Our Mini-Theme: The Brave New World of Consumer Financial Services

Feature Articles

Our Mini-Theme: The Brave New World of Consumer Financial Services

This BLT mini-theme is dedicated to the myriad of mortgage origination and servicing rules recently enacted by the CFPB.

This article explains tribal lending and the potential conflict between the tribe’s sovereign immunity and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Roughly 20 years ago, the EEOC enacted guidelines on how employers could comply with Title VII in using criminal history information in making a hiring decision. In April of 2012, the EEOC published new Enforcement Guidance (the Guidance) that goes beyond anything it had previously said. The Guidance focuses on race and national origin discrimination, the Title VII protected classes that the EEOC has decided are most often implicated in the use of criminal history in employment decisions.

The ABA has recently updated several of its Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, including both rules and comments, to better deal with technology and its effects on lawyers' practices. All business lawyers should know what has changed. While the rules are not binding in themselves, they do form the basis of most states' rules governing lawyers. Comments to the rules expand on their meaning and provide additional interpretive guidance.

On January 14, 2013, in Freedman v. Adams the Delaware Supreme Court reaffirmed that executive compensation decisions are business judgments vested in the board of directors that will rarely be second-guessed absent a showing that the board acted on an ill-informed basis or in bad faith.

Richard W. Pound, in his capacity as Business Law Advisor, offered the following remarks at the Council Meeting during the 2013 Midwinter Meeting. William Rosenberg provided the introduction. Please take an extra minute to enjoy these comments as did those who attended the Council Meeting.

This month’s IBL explores the Professional Responsibility and the Nonprofit Organizations Committees.



Nominations Sought for Section Leadership Positions

Do you know anyone who has what it takes to be a good Section leader? The Nominating Committee of the Section needs your recommendations for leadership positions for the 2017-2018 association year. Nominees will be selected for: Chair-elect (who automatically assumes the position of chair the following year); Secretary (who automatically assumes the position of vice chair the following year); Content Officer; two Section Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates; and five additional Council members for a four-year term expiring in 2021. The Nominating Committee will take into account the following principles in making its selections. It will: select nominees who have been substantial and active contributors to the Section; seek geographic diversity in the leadership of the Section; strive for representation from a broad cross-section of the areas of law represented in the Section; and seek to draw leaders from a broad cross-section of the various sectors of practice, including corporate law departments, government, academia and private law firms; and actively recruit nominees that reflect the diversity of the Section. Please send your nominations by email to susan.tobias@americanbar.org no later than November 18.

Question: Between November 2, 2015 and November 4, 2015, Harris Poll conducted an online survey of 2,017 adults ages 18 and older on behalf of NerdWallet, Inc. to understand U.S. consumers’ credit card payment habits and feelings around different types of debt. The results of this study were published in the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study. According to the 2015 American Household Credit Card Debt Study, what percentage of U.S. adults would be more embarrassed to tell others about credit card debt than any other type of debt?
A. 10%
B. 35%
C. 55%
D. 90%

Question: From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, “debtors’ prisons” were commonplace with many cities and states operating brick-and-mortar detention facilities that were designed for incarcerating individuals who were unable or unwilling to pay their debts. Imprisonment for indebtedness was so commonplace that two signatories of the Declaration of Independence were jailed for failure to pay their debts. Can you name those two signatories?

The November issue of Business Law Today will focus on Nonprofits. Articles will range from the “Delaware Advantage” to nonprofit organizations needing nonprofit lawyers. In addition, other features include keeping pace with disruptive technological change, insurance bad faith recoveries, and constitutional issues in granting Americans a “Right to Dispute.”

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Business Law Section Fall Meeting
November 18-19, 2016
Washington, DC

Business Law Section Spring Meeting
April 6-8, 2017
New Orleans, LA

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