North Carolina Industrial Commission Penalty Assessment Orders: Common Civil and Criminal FAQs
    Since approximately 2014, the North Carolina Industrial Commission has doggedly pursued businesses without workers’ compensation insurance in violation of NCGS § 97-94.
    Credit Union Client Alert – Wells Fargo Must Pay $250 Million Fine
    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a $250 million civil penalty against Wells Fargo Bank, NA for flaws in the bank’s home loan loss mitigation program.
    Employment Law Update – Fall 2021
    Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam appointed the Director of the Richmond City Health District, Dr. Danny Avula, as Virginia’s “Vaccination Czar” in charge of efforts to get all Virginians vaccinated.
    North Carolina Eliminates Hemp Pilot Program
    After more than four years in operation, the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program will be eliminated at the end of 2021.
    Credit Union/Consumer Finance Client Alert
    The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a long-awaited proposed rule that could significantly impact credit union operations and their third-party loan operating system vendors.  The proposed rule, pursuant to Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), is designed to help small businesses gain access to the credit they need and deserve by increasing transparency in the lending marketplace.
    CFPB Technical Specifications for Credit Card Issuers
    As part of an effort to modernize and streamline certain submission practices for credit card issuers, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) now mandates credit card issuers to submit certain reporting requirements under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (“CARD Act”) to the agency’s existing online and interactive platform called Collect.
    Litigation Client Alert: PPP, EIDL, and UI Loan Fraud – What to Know About Financial Crimes under the CARES Act
    Federal prosecutions continue to increase across the country against businesses and individuals accused of fraudulent conduct under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In March, the Department of Justice announced the implementation of new tools to help identify and prosecute fraud related to COVID-19 financial relief programs.
    Employment Law Alert – The Delta Dilemma: Virginia Employers Ponder Next Steps to Keep the Workplace Safe
    It was only a few months ago we were hearing vaccination is working; COVID is on the decline, and the vaccinated can forgo wearing the colorful masks we’ve all accumulated.
    Title Insurance Client Alert – Strict Construction of Instruments of Conveyance for Easements, Wavell v. Lengel
    Strict construction of canons of legal interpretation are presented in Amherst County Circuit Court’s recent decision, Wavell v. Lengel, 2021 Va. Cir. LEXIS 158, Case No. CL20000484-00 (July 12, 2021).
    Litigation Client Alert – What Happens When a Civil Case Turns Criminal?
    It is a common fear for attorneys: an otherwise civil case is marching along when suddenly information comes to light that could spell criminal trouble for the client. At this point, what are the next steps? Surely the client needs to be advised, but how?