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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BRINGS FIRST SHERMAN ACT WAGE CASE AND DOES SO IN HEALTHCARE, A PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE DEPARTMENT

By James P. McLoughlin, Jr. and Kristen Kenley.  In December, the Department of Justice filed its first ever criminal case for price fixing of wages. DOJ indicted the owner of a physical therapist staffing company for instigating a conspiracy among physical therapy…

The Future After Forbearance: What’s Next?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) requires lenders on all government-backed loans to provide forbearance agreements on residential loan payments for a period of 180 days to any borrower that requests relief and affirms they are…

Fall 2020 Brings Increased Regulatory Focus on Financial Institution Detection of Human Trafficking

On October 15, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of Treasury (FinCEN) released its Supplemental Advisory on Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking and Related Activity (Supplemental Advisory). The last time FinCEN provided guidance on identifying trafficking…

Modern Slavery Statement Guidance – Note to Financial Institutions

The United Kingdom Home Office has released guidance to companies that are required to make a public statement about human trafficking risks and prevention measures under the U.K. Modern Slavery Act of 2015.  Organizations are to address the emerging risks…

Legislative and Bank Regulatory Actions to Assist Forbearance in a Pandemic World

By Kristina Whittaker and Ed O’Keefe.  For the last three weeks or so, the federal and state banking agencies, collectively and individually, have, with increasing urgency, called on financial institutions to meet the financial needs of customers impacted by the COVID-19. Congress…

COVID-19 National and State Relief Efforts Focus on Single Family Mortgage Loans

The shuttered storefronts and grounded airplanes that by now have become an all too familiar image of the COVID-19 pandemic are quickly creating a ripple effect through the U.S. economy. As unemployment rises and Americans struggle to pay their bills,…