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Wednesday
Oct222014

Financial Institutions...In the News

  • New federal requirements for banking institutions coming in 2016.  (MPBN 9.3.14)
  • Financial Institutions search for solutions to retail data breaches.  (Portland Press Herald 9.8.14)
  • Credit card use is on the rise while mortgage demand slows even though rates are at record lows for the year.  (Bangor Daily News 9.11.14)
  • Many older Americans are paying off student loan debts into retirement.  (Bangor Daily News 9.11.14)
  • 76 Million households affected by JPMorgan Chase data breach.  (Portland Press Herald 10.2.14)
  • Wealth-building 15-year mortgage may help homeownership.  (MPBN 10.4.14)
  • 10-Year deference of bonuses recommended by NY Fed President William Dudley to cover institutions’ fines from financial crisis.  (Bangor Daily News 10.20.2014)
  • Mortgage rates a bargain for 30-year fixed rate mortgages.  (Portland Press Herald 10.19.14)
  • Discussions of lowering mortgage requirements for homeowners are in the planning stages.  (Portland Press Herald 10.21.14)
Monday
Oct202014

Supreme Court Set to Decide if Mortgage Loan Officers Are Entitled to Overtime Pay

Whether or not mortgage loan officers are entitled to overtime pay is an unsettled issue under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  At one point, mortgage loan officers were deemed exempt “administrative” workers.  However, a 2010 interpretation of the US Department of Labor suggested that this exemption did not apply, an interpretation that has since been challenged in court and is now pending before the US Supreme Court in the case of Mortgage Bankers Association v. Harris, No. 12-5246 (D.C. Cir. July 2, 2013).

In the Sept/Oct. 2014 edition of the Maine Banker magazine, Verrill Dana lawyer Janet Britton discusses the uncertain history behind this provision, and why financial institutions should pay careful attention to the October 2014 term of the US Supreme Court.

Friday
Oct102014

Cyber-security: FDIC Issues Warning on “Shellshock” and “Bash”

On September 29, 2014, the FDIC, on behalf of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, issued an alert to banks on recently discovered material vulnerabilities in the security of the GNU Bourne-again shell system software -- nicknamed “Bash” -- commonly used by bank servers and computers. Researchers reported the newly discovered vulnerability -- nicknamed “Shellshock” -- in Bash versions 1.14 through 4.3 on September 24, 2014.

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Wednesday
Sep032014

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

  • Mortgage refinancing is available to many homeowners through HARP, but Americans are skeptical.  (MPBN 8.26.14)
  • Coordinated hacker attacks struck JP Morgan and other banks.  (New York Times 8.27.14)
  • Bank of America is close to a $16-17 billion settlement with Justice Department over sale of mortgage-backed securities.  (Portland Press Herald 8.6.14)
  • Maine ranks 30th in nation for mortgage closing costs.  (Mainebiz 8.4.14)
  • FAME increases loan-insurance by 50% or up to $375,000 for commercial borrowing.  (Portland Press Herald 8.4.14)
  • U.S. Senators introduce legislation to provide regulatory relief to small financial institutions and credit unions.  (Insurance News.net 7.13.14)
  • Why the economy is still stifled after the housing collapse.  (MPBN 7.24.14)
  • U.S. House votes to change banking laws related to the marijuana industry.  (MSN 7.17.14)
  • Maine Supreme Court rules MERS’ has limited ability to assign mortgages in Bank of America, N.A. v. Greenleaf.  (Mondq.com 7.16.14)
Tuesday
Aug262014

Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach

The high-profile data breach at Target made international news. But small and midsized businesses face the majority of cyber attacks and are even more likely to have employees mishandle data than large enterprises.

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