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Trends in Payments Fraud Date December 1, 2022 Time 1:00pm PST Speakers Mark I. Wraight, Esq. and Elizabeth C. Farrell Program Summary Mark Wraight and Elizabeth Farrell will discuss trends and developments in payments fraud, including wire transfers and P2P payments like Zelle.  They will also discuss the current litigation by the FTC  against Walmart of its financial services offerings… Read More

Three Severson & Werson attorneys were panelists at the Fall Conference on Consumer Financial Law on October 20-21 in Plano, Texas, the primary focus of which was Vehicle Finance. The Conference on Consumer Finance Law (CCFL) is a non-profit organization founded in 1926 by members of the legal profession and the financial services industry to offer educational services, publications and… Read More

– Midsize Mansfield Rule Has Now Grown to 140+ Participating Firms with Additional Cohorts – SAN FRANCISCO (May 5, 2022) — Diversity Lab announced today that 26 midsize law firms (listed below) have achieved the inaugural Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification. These certified firms have completed a rigorous 18-month collaboration with Diversity Lab — beginning in September 2020 — to track,… Read More

Highlights of this live webinar Latest Updates on COVID Paid Leave Changes in California laws affecting Employers Department of Fair Employment & Housing Pay Data Reporting by Employers with 100 or More Employees Recent Judicial Decisions affecting the Workplace Panelists Adam  P. Romero – DFEH Deputy Director of Executive Programs Rhonda L. Nelson – Shareholder,  Employment Practice Chair, Severson &… Read More

Investigating and Resolving Harassment and Discrimination Complaints in California: A Two-Part Webinar Series Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/179572384837 Part 1: Best Practices for Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations Date: November 10, 2021 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost : $50 Approved for two hours MCLE; completion certificate provided for HR credit. Panelists: Branden Butler, Assistant Deputy Director of Education and Outreach, DFEH… Read More

Severson & Werson is proud to announce Orange County Managing Partner, Genevieve Walser-Jolly has been appointed to a 4-year term as the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Privacy and Data Security Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Services Committee, after which time she will assume a 2-year position in the role as Chairperson of the Subcommittee.  Congratulations to Ms. Walser-Jolly… Read More

Webinar Information Date: July 27, 2021 Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET Speakers:  Laszlo Ladi, Esq. and J. Owen Campbell, Esq. Program Summary: We have all known that the 2020 and 2021 hiatus in mortgage litigation could not last. The question is how to plan for, respond to and resolve the likely pandemic of litigation to come. Some of issues that will… Read More

Under the March 2020 CARES Act, borrowers with federally-backed mortgage loans were able to request a 180-day forbearance on their loan payments if the borrower attested to a COVID-related hardship. That 180-day period could be extended for an additional 180-days upon the borrower’s request. In February 2021, the FHA, FHFA, USDA and VA announced that they were extending their forbearance… Read More

Jury Trials & Consumer Financial Services Cases Date July 22, 2021 Time 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT Speakers Mark D. Lonergan, Esq. and Mark I. Wraight, Esq. Program Summary What strategies do trial lawyers use in selectingjurors and presenting the bank’s case at trial in order to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome? Mark Lonergan and Mark Wraight… Read More

Considering a motion to dismiss and an alleged violation of the CCPA, Judge Carney from the Central District of California ruled on April 21, 2021 that: Medical information or protected health information, as defined by the statute, includes information related to an individual’s healthcare “[t]hat identifies the individual” or “to which there is a reasonable basis to believe the information… Read More

In a 9-0 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court today sided with Facebook and with what defendants have been arguing for years: that equipment that lacks capacity to generate random or sequential numbers to be called, and merely dials set lists of numbers, is not regulated autodialer equipment under the TCPA. This case resolved a split among circuit courts, rejecting the… Read More

Severson & Werson attorneys Scott Hyman and Laszlo Ladi (along with Paul Soter from the Law Offices of Paul Soter) co-authored an article in the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly, one of the nation’s preeminent publications on consumer financial services legal developments, on California’s new debt collection licensing scheme and “mini-CFPB” legislation and their impact on those collecting consumer… Read More

Severson & Werson congratulates Joel Halverson as the new Chair of the Firm’s Construction Practice Group. Mr. Halverson is an experienced trial lawyer and transactional counselor committed to servicing the design, construction, real estate, and insurance communities. He is adept at resolving clients’ legal problems and guarding them against losses. With over 25 years of practice primarily focused on the… Read More

At the behest of the editors of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Stephen Britt of the Firm’s Orange County Office co-authored an article with Rebecca Fuller of St. Mary’s School of Law on the impact of the Quarterly Report on consumer financial services.  The Article, Quarterly Report Impact Analysis, analyses empirical data of judicial citations of articles published… Read More

On September 30, 2020, the Firm’s DPO, Scott Hyman, sat on a panel entitled “Data Breach and Malware Insights” on with Steve Kerler, Steve Mejia, BSEE MMIS and Jeff Tutton, MSc., QSA, CCFE.   The Panel was the first of PrivacyOC’s Fall Series. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/stevekerler_cpra-ccpa-privacyoc-activity-6717239710797959168-QJws   Read More

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