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Even Lawyers Have to Pay Their Debts: Washington Court Sides with Bank on Successor Liability Claim
It turns out that even lawyers sometimes have to pay their debts. In a recent Washington appellate case, a bank successfully sued an attorney to recover on a loan made to his law firm. Typically the owner of a law firm wouldn’t be held responsible fo...
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Core Considerations for Core Contracts
Negotiating the terms of a core processing contract makes haggling over a used car seem like child's play. For most banks, the reality is stark—you might get some wiggle room on price if you're willing commit to a longer term. You might also get a fe...
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No Credit History, No Problem: CFPB Ponders Novel Credit Scoring Ideas
Last month, the CFPB issued a Request for Information (“Request”) to identify potential ways to increase credit access for underserved segments of the population. In particular, the CFPB noted that certain groups of individuals lack enough credi...
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The Future of the CFPB Under the Trump Administration
Update (2/16/17):  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted the CFPB's request to reconsider its earlier ruling with respect to the President's ability to remove the Director of the CFPB. This ruling provides a glimmer of hope f...
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The Tension Between Financial Institutions and Recreational Marijuana Businesses
To date, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. As you might expect, there are countless key players and businesses involved in the marijuana supply chain, including producers, processors, transporters, retai...
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Continued Uncertainty Regarding Proof of Water Availability Necessary to Obtain a Permit Follows Whatcom County v. Hirst
Last October in Whatcom County v. Hirst, the Washington Supreme Court held that each county must ensure that there is an adequate water supply before it approves a project permit. The Hirst decision upset the existing process by which a county would...
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