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In Saunders v. Dyck O’Neal, Inc., No. 1:17-CV-335, 2018 WL 3453967 (W.D. Mich. July 16, 2018), defendant argued that its “direct drop” voicemails are not covered by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The court disagreed and denied Dyck O’Neal’s motion for summary judgment. Id. at *1. Continue Reading: Direct Drop Voicemails Covered by the TCPA Read More

While businesses have been largely focused on the European Union’s implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) of late, California took its own first steps into the new frontier of consumer privacy and data protection as Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 375, dubbed the “California Data Privacy Protection Act” on June 28, 2018.1 The Act is scheduled to… Read More

On May 31-June 1, Severson & Werson was one of 9 pre-eminent consumer financial services law firms from across the nation who sponsored the Semi-Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law in Chicago, Illinois.   Scott Hyman, a member of the CCFL’s Governing Committee, moderated a panel on FinTech and Auto-Mobility.  A White Paper by… Read More

William A. Aspinwall, an Associate in Severson & Werson’s Financial Services Practice Group, will serve as a volunteer instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Training’s “Building Trial Skills: San Francisco Program” from June 25-27, 2018.  Mr. Aspinwall joined Severson & Werson’s San Francisco office in 2017, having previously served as General Counsel for a publicly-traded company and having… Read More

How should a worker’s “regular rate of pay” be computed when the worker receives a flat sum bonus in addition to an hourly wage? The answer is crucial since, under California law, an employer must pay a worker 1.5 times the worker’s “regular rate of pay” for “overtime”—that is, work in excess of 8 hours in a day, 40 hours… Read More

In 1963, Congress enacted the Equal Pay Act (29 U.S.C. § 206(d)(1)), requiring equal pay for equal work regardless of sex. Under the Act, an employer may justify paying male and female employees different wages for substantially equal work only by showing that the disparity in pay is explained by a seniority or merit system, a system basing earnings on… Read More

A copy of Erik Kemp's and Scott Hyman's article "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulates Pay-by-Phone “Convenience” Fees", CFSC Newsletter: ABA Business Law Section, (March 2018) can be found here:     https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/business_law/newsletters/CL230000/full-issue-201803.authcheckdam.pdf Read More

On March 15, 2018, in Anaheim, California, a team of Severson lawyers offered their expertise in consumer reporting to members of the California Financial Services Association. The presentation, entitled “Best Practices and Avoiding Problems in Credit Reporting”, was presented by Andrew Elliott, Scott Hyman, Rebecca Saelao, Alisa Givental, Rochelle Smith, and An Le and included topics on current developments, best… Read More

Compliance has been a top concern for mortgage professionals for the past several years. From implementation and technological difficulties to being left in a state of uncertainty—how can the industry keep focus on the core mission of serving the housing market and making the American Dream more accessible? Continue Reading: A Balancing Act with Compliance Regulation Read More

Andrew W. Noble will present at the March 15, 2018, meeting of the California Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee on recent changes to California Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR). The HBOR statutes in effect since 2012 sunset on January 1, 2018, but were immediately replaced by a parallel set of statutes that, in some key ways, alter a mortgage… Read More

View the SW Winter 2018 Newsletter Since its founding over 70 years ago, Severson & Werson has gained a reputation for providing specialized advice, legal services and expertise to financial institution clients. The services we provide run the gamut, from litigation to regulatory matters, legislative affairs and formulating and implementing national strategies for such things as defending consumer class action… Read More

The Ninth Circuit recently determined, in Pinnacle Rest. at Big Sky, LLC v. CH SP Acquisitions, LLC (In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC), 862 F.3d 1148 (9th Cir. 2017), that a sale of real property free and clear of liens and interests under Section 363(f) of the United States Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 363(f) (“Section 363(f)”), can terminate… Read More

In what should end a long-simmering legal brushfire, the Ninth Circuit held that the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (“FHFA”) so-called “Federal Foreclosure Bar” preempts Nevada’s homeowners' association lien super-priority statute, thereby protecting Fannie/Freddie mortgage liens from being extinguished through foreclosure of later-recorded homeowners association liens. Berezovsky v. Moniz, et al., 869 F.3d 923 (9th Cir. 2017). Berezovsky purchased a home… Read More

On July 5, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to Provident Savings Bank, FSB (“Provident”) in a class action suit brought against Provident by mortgage underwriters who sued for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq. The Ninth Circuit agreed with plaintiffs that they had been misclassified by… Read More

With the recently alleged data breach of Equifax, the data security of financial institutions’ customer information is once again in the news.  And once again, as with every data breach, a flurry of lawsuits has followed.  The purpose of this article is to highlight one area of legal exposure with data breaches that applies only to financial institutions. Section 6285… Read More

“Resistance” is now the battle cry of the self-anointed defenders of consumer rights.  But this is nothing new for the California Supreme Court, which for over 20 years has resisted the mandate in the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) to enforce arbitration agreements despite their collateral effect on class actions.  Beginning with Southland Corp. v. Keating, 465 U.S. 1 (1984), and reaching… Read More

Joel L. Halverson will be presenting "Leveling the Playing Field - Contract Negotiation Strategies for Design Professionals" on Thursday, February 15, 2018. We are currently experiencing a “seller’s market” in which owners and developers are finding it to be a challenge to find good help. Construction professionals can take advantage of this economic climate to secure important contractual protections we… Read More

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