PLI 24th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
We are pleased to invite you to PLI’s 24th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute on March 25-26, 2019, in New York City (and by live webcast and groupcast in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and New Brunswick, New Jersey); on May 20-21, 2019, in Chicago; and on December 9-10, 2019, in San Francisco (and by live webcast). PLI has extended a 25 percent discount to clients and friends of Ballard Spahr who register through the link below.
The Institute is considered the country’s premier consumer financial services CLE program and this year’s Institute will once again explore in detail important developments in consumer financial services regulation and litigation. Alan Kaplinsky, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, will co-chair the event, as he has for the past 23 years. Chris Willis, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group, will participate as a panel member in two panel discussions in the afternoon session of the first day.
The leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Federal Trade Commission is now firmly under Republican control. While this has altered these agencies’ priorities, all continue to be very active in enforcing consumer financial laws and the CFPB’s supervisory activities remain substantially unchanged. At the same time, state attorneys general and regulators are increasing their regulatory and enforcement activity to fill any void created at the federal level. In addition, the improved economy, the deregulated federal environment, and the rapid increase in technological innovation has resulted in new entrants into the consumer financial services industry and the offering of new products and services by existing players.
The morning session on the first day will feature a panel discussion titled “Federal Regulators Speak,” that will be divided into two segments and focus on federal regulatory, enforcement, and supervisory developments. Alan Kaplinsky will moderate a discussion among CFPB, OCC, FTC and FDIC representatives.
One of the two afternoon panels in which Chris Willis will participate as a panel member is titled “Fair Credit Reporting Act/Debt Collection Issues” and will include a discussion of the CFPB’s debt collection rulemaking, FCRA litigation trends, and state activity. The other panel, which Alan Kaplinsky will moderate, is titled “The Rapidly Evolving Landscape for FinTech” and will examine the intersection between new technologies and products and existing regulatory frameworks, such as the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain (including virtual currency).
The Institute will also focus on a variety of other cutting-edge issues and developments, including: