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Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data. Peter Swire, Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Institute of Technology. Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum. September 11, 2014. “This White Paper is submitted in connection with Peter Swire’s participation at the Federal Trade Commission’s September 15, 2014 event onContinue Reading

How Many Americans Could Lose Subsidies If the Supreme Court Rules for the Plaintiffs in King vs. Burwell?

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This map based on Foundation analysis of Congressional Budget Office estimates of Marketplace enrollment provides a state-level breakdown of the number of Americans who in 2016 could be denied financial assistance to help pay insurance premiums for plans purchased in the Affordable Care Act’s federally operated insurance exchanges. In a related column in The WallContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Health Care Transparency, Human Trafficking, Highway Projects, Public Transportation, Overseas Military Construction

HEALTH CARE TRANSPARENCY: Actions Needed to Improve Cost and Quality Information for Consumers, GAO-15-11: Published: Oct 20, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HIGHWAY PROJECTS: Many Federal and State Environmental Review Requirements Are Similar, and Little Duplication of Effort Occurs, GAO-15-71: Published: Nov 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2014. HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Oversight of Contractors’ Use of Foreign Workers in High-Risk EnvironmentsContinue Reading

The Orderly Liquidation Authority: Fanatical or Familiar? Idealistic or Unrealistic?

Massman, Stephanie, The Orderly Liquidation Authority: Fanatical or Familiar? Idealistic or Unrealistic? (May 2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2525825 “The systemic financial crisis of 2008 spurred the failure of numerous financial and non-financial entities. Regulators addressed each of these failures on an ad hoc ex-post basis, granting multiple bailouts in various forms. The refusalContinue Reading

Westlaw discloses breach of public records database

News release: “West Publishing Corporation, a unit of Thomson Reuters, has notified the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office of a breach involving their Westlaw subscription-only public records database. In a letter dated November 4th to those affected, Senior Vice President Andy Martens explained that on October 14, they detected unusual search activity. Investigation revealed that someContinue Reading

New Database of FDA Warning Letters Helps Consumers Avoid Adulterated Products Masquerading as Supplements

“The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a free online tool that compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letterContinue Reading

Automobile Industry Issues Consumer Privacy Protection Principles

“The automotive industry is developing innovative technologies and services that promise to deliver substantial benefits and enhance the driving experience. These technologies and services may assist in enhancing safety, reducing the environmental impacts of vehicles, diagnosing vehicle malfunctions, calling for emergency assistance, detecting and preventing vehicle theft, reducing traffic congestion, improving vehicle efficiency and performance, deliveringContinue Reading

Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations

CRS – Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney; Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney. November 7, 2014. “Recent reports that certain entities continued to receive federal government contracts after reincorporating overseas have prompted questions about current and proposed restrictions on contracting with “inverted domestic corporations.” These questions are shaped, in part, byContinue Reading

Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview

CRS – Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney; Michael John Garcia, Legislative Attorney. November 10, 2014. “President Obama announced in June 2014 that he would seek “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own” through administrative action. Although the Obama Administration has not yet announced the specific immigration actionsContinue Reading

OCC Fines Three Banks $950 Million for FX Trading Improprieties

News release: “The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today assessed $950 million in fines against three national banks for unsafe or unsound practices related to their foreign exchange (FX) trading businesses. The fines against Bank of America, N.A.; Citibank, N.A.; and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., follow multiagency examinations and investigations of the banks’Continue Reading

Immigration Detainers Decline 39 Percent Since FY 2012

“There has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the latest available data from the agency. In the eighteen month period from the end of FY 2012 through March 2014, there has been a 39 percent decrease in the number of ICE detainers sentContinue Reading

New on LLRX – NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again

Via LLRX.com – NY bar on ethics of cloud computing – again – Nicole Black lauds the the leading edge role taken by the New York State Bar in determining issues related to lawyer use of cloud computing and client confidential data. In two different opinions handed down in the latter half of this year, the New YorkContinue Reading