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Troutman Sanders Creates New Management Organization

ATLANTA — Troutman Sanders LLP has announced that it has reorganized its management team — including naming a new managing partner — to build a strong foundation for the 113-year-old firm’s future. Robert W. Webb Jr., who has been managing partner for the international law...

National Security Review of Foreign M&A Deals Clarified

Since February 2011, all foreign mergers and acquisitions of domestic Chinese enterprises in certain sectors have been subject to national security reviews. These interim regulations will be replaced on September 1 by new and clarified regulations. The new regulations introduce no significant changes...

Foreign Nationals Must Participate in China’s Social Security System

The Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Security of Foreigners Employed in China (Draft for Comments) 在中国境内就 业的外国人参加社会保险暂行办法 ( 征求意 见稿 ), drafted by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security were released to public for solicitation of opinions and comments from the community. The...

Entitlements Under China’s Social Security System Clarified

On June 30, 2011, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security promulgated Several Provisions on the Implementation of the Social Security Law of the People's Republic of China 实施《中华人民共和国社会保险法》若干规定 (the "Provisions") which came into effect on July 1, 2011. The Provision covers basic...

Troutman Sanders LLP: The Rise Of Public Accommodation Lawsuits Under The Americans With Disabilities Act

By D. Martin Warf , Matthew J. Aaronson and Ashley H. Story Whether you are a retailer with counters and aisles or a landlord with parking spaces and bathrooms, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) likely applies to your business, and it can be enforced by either the Department of Justice or private...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Two Federal Appeals Courts Split over Borrowers’ Rights to Sue under HAMP

By John C. Lynch , David N. Anthony , Ethan G. Ostroff and Maryia Y. Jones Courts nationwide have seen a groundswell of lawsuits by borrowers predicated on loan servicers' decisions not to provide loan modification relief under the Home Affordable Modification Program ("HAMP"). Some...

Troutman Sanders LLP: District Court Denies Class Certification of Unlawful Foreclosure Claims

By John C. Lynch , Jason E. Manning and Elizabeth "Liz" S. Flowers On April 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied class certification of Plaintiffs' unlawful foreclosure claims, finding that Plaintiffs failed to satisfy Rule 23(a) requirements...

Troutman Sanders: Class Certification Of Unlawful Foreclosure Claims Defeated For Lack Of Commonality

By John C. Lynch , Jason E. Manning and Elizabeth "Liz" S. Flowers On April 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts denied class certification of Plaintiffs' unlawful foreclosure claims, finding that Plaintiffs failed to satisfy Rule 23(a) requirements...

Troutman Sanders LLP: The CFPB Goes After the Mortgage Industry: New Proposed Mortgage Loan Origination (MLO) Standards

By John C. Lynch , David N. Anthony , Paige S. Fitzgerald and Virginia Bell Flynn On March 9, 2012, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced that it will propose residential mortgage loan origination (MLO) rules this summer, with a goal of adopting final rules by January 2013. According...

Troutman Sanders LLP: VA Supreme Court Rules Face-to-Face Interview Required Before Foreclosure

By David N. Anthony , John C. Lynch , Ethan G. Ostroff and Maryia Y. Jones On April 20, 2012, in a surprising decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia revived borrowers' claims against defendant loan holder and servicer, concluding that the borrowers' non-payment under a home loan did not constitute...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Residential lenders beware: Eleventh Circuit affirms strip off in Chapter 7 bankruptcies

By John C. Lynch , Jeffery W. Cavender and Matthew R. Brooks The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that Chapter 7 debtors can strip off, or void, wholly unsecured mortgage liens. The per curiam opinion, issued May 11, 2012, marks a significant departure from the standard Chapter...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Supreme Court Limits Scope of Liability for Real Estate Settlement Service Charges under RESPA

By David N. Anthony and Nicholas R. Klaiber A May 24, 2012, decision of the United States Supreme Court clarifies the potential scope of liability for entities providing real estate settlement services under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). In Freeman v. Quicken Loans, Inc. , No...

Troutman Sanders LLP: CFPB Announces Plan to Implement New Rules for Mortgage Industry

By John C. Lynch , Ethan G. Ostroff and David M. Gettings The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced yesterday that it will be taking steps over the course of 2013 to focus on the mortgage industry's compliance with new consumer protections. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act required the...

Troutman Sanders LLP: North Carolina Court of Appeals Forestalls Borrower’s Attempt to Collaterally Attack Foreclosure Proceeding

By John C. Lynch and D. Kyle Deak On Plaintiff's appeal of dismissal of his Complaint seeking to challenge the authority of the lender to foreclose, the Court of Appeals affirmed the Superior Court's dismissal and found that Plaintiff's failure to properly and timely appeal the Order of...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Court of Appeals Rules Against Philip Morris in Tobacco Buyout Dispute

By Troutman Sanders Tobacco Practice In an earlier blog post, we discussed a case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in which the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia evaluated the methodology used by the United States Department of...