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Jeffrey Taft is a partner in the Firm's Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice. His practice focuses primarily on bank regulation, bank receivership and insolvency issues, payment systems, consumer financial services and cybersecurity/privacy issues. He has extensive experience counseling financial institutions, merchants, technology companies and other entities on various federal and state banking and consumer credit issues, including compliance with the Bank Holding Company Act, National Bank Act, International Banking Act, Consumer Financial Protection Act, Truth-in-Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, state unfair or deceptive acts or practices statutes, CFPB's UDAAP authority and the development and implementation of privacy, cybersecurity and information security programs under the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act, the NYDFS cybersecurity regulation and industry standards, such as PCI DSS and NIST.

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On March 29, 2024, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the new Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) regulations against the plaintiffs in the case.

The CRA, passed in 1977, generally requires insured depository institutions to participate in investment, lending, and service activities that help

On March 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) issued a Final Rule that would significantly restrict late fees that consumer credit card issuers may charge to a mere $8.

Within two days, the Final Rule faced a challenge in the Northern District of Texas by a coalition of trade groups including the United

The New York Department of Financial Services finalized guidance on how banks and mortgage institutions should manage climate-related financial and operational risks. The agency’s guidance creates extensive obligations for New York institutions, particularly mortgage lenders and servicers for which those risk management expectations may be new. Also, the NYDFS emphasizes that those institutions must still

On November 7, 2023, the Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed a series of significant regulatory and legislative reforms for the Federal Home Loan Bank System in a much-anticipated report, “FHLBank System at 100: Focusing on the Future”, containing the results of a year-long comprehensive review of the FLHB System. This Legal Update provides an overview

Mere days before Halloween, California enacted California Senate Bill 666, imposing a set of restrictions on the fees that commercial financers may charge their small business customers. Signed by the governor on October 13, the legislation marks an escalation of the state’s regulation of commercial financing. What began as a disclosure-based regime with California’s

On September 25, 2023, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began its most substantial Fair Credit Reporting Act rulemaking yet with an outline of proposed changes to Regulation V, which implements FCRA, ahead of the Bureau’s Small Business Advisory Review Panel. The proposals under consideration could have a substantial impact on the data brokerage industry, if

Cyber threats to the financial services industry continue to increase. At the same time, regulatory requirements, litigation risk, contractual requirements and regulator expectations continue to grow. Please join us for a half-day Cybersecurity Awareness Month program that will highlight key recent cyber legal developments and tools that financial services companies can use to mitigate associated

Following closely on the heels of a Georgia law enacted in May, Connecticut and Florida have become the latest states to enact laws requiring providers of small business financing to provide disclosures to recipients—and in Connecticut’s case, to require certain commercial finance providers to register with the state. We examine the unique and interesting provisions

On June 28, 2023, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) published updated proposed amendments to its cybersecurity regulation (the “2023 Proposal”) applicable to “covered entities.” These updated amendments come after comments from industry groups and other stakeholders to the NYDFS’s proposed revisions that were published on November 9, 2022. In Mayer Brown’s Legal

Providers of commercial financing should take note that Georgia has become the fifth US state to enact small business financing disclosure requirements since California started the trend in 2018. Georgia Senate Bill 90 was signed by Governor Brian Kemp on May 1, 2023, and takes effect January 1, 2024. The Georgia law applies to transactions of