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Does your outside counsel firm understand the Bank Examination Privilege? It should

USA - April 23 2014 Banking and financial services is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country. Indeed, banks are subject to the oversight by a myriad…

Strategies for handling abandoned properties in light of Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson

USA - March 20 2015 Vacant and abandoned properties, whether residential or commercial, create costly problems for lenders and municipalities alike. Across the country…

OREO Regulations: Comptroller’s Office Issues Amendments to Regulations on “Other Real Estate Owned”

USA - November 11 2019 The federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, regulates national banks’ ownership of a category of real estate called “other real…

The Virus Exclusion for COVID-19 and Insurers: The Importance of Careful Policy Review Before Commencing Litigation

USA - November 30 2020 An Arizona federal judge has issued a strong rebuke to a chain of fast-food restaurants seeking business-interruption coverage for its…

Patrick J. Bernal.

Seventh Circuit Rejects the “Benign-Language” Exception to the FDCPA

USA - February 6 2020 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has rejected a defense to claims under the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act or FDCPA. In…