Practising Law Institute Seminar

Event Details
December 7 9:00 AM - December 8 11:00 AM, 2020

We are pleased to invite you to Practising Law Institute's 25th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute on March 23-24, 2020 in New York City (and by live webcast or groupcast in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia); on May 18-19, 2020 in Chicago; and on December 7-8, 2020, in San Francisco (and by live webcast). PLI has extended a 25 percent discount to clients and friends of Ballard Spahr who use the following code at checkout: RGA0 KAP25.

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 24 years. Chris Willis, Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group, will participates a panel member in two panel discussions in the afternoon session of the first day.

The leadership and priorities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Federal Trade Commission have changed under the Trump Administration. While these agencies all continue to be very active in enforcing consumer financial laws, state attorneys general and regulators have increased their enforcement activity to fill any void created by the decline in activity at the federal level. The volume of private litigation, particularly under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act, also remains high. At the same time, the improved economy, the deregulatory environment at the federal level, and the increase in technological innovation (including artificial intelligence, data aggregation, and Blockchain) has resulted in new entrants into the consumer financial services industry and the offering of new products and services by the industry.

Former CFPB Director Richard Cordray will deliver a keynote address at the New York City and Chicago programs. The morning session on the first day will feature two consecutive panel discussions titled "Federal Regulators Speak," that will be divided into two segments and focus on federal regulatory, enforcement, and supervisory developments. Alan Kaplinsky will co-moderate both. The first panel will feature a discussion among CFPB and FTC representatives. The second panel will feature OCC and FDIC representatives.

Chris Willis will participate as a panel member on two afternoon panels on the first day. The first, titled "Fair Credit Reporting Act/Debt Collection Issues," will include: discussion of FCRA litigation trends; federal legislative and administrative FCRA activity, alternative data, and data security; litigation trends involving public records, specialty consumer reporting agencies, and data brokers; the collection and credit reporting of time-barred or void debts; and the CFPB's debt collection rulemaking. The other panel, which Alan Kaplinsky will moderate, is titled "The Rapidly Evolving Landscape for FinTech" and will examine the legal issues facing users of aggregated data and data providers, the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, and the legal challenges facing marketplace lenders (including Madden and "true lender").


The Institute will also focus on a variety of other cutting-edge issues and developments, including:

  • Privacy and data security issues
  • TCPA litigation, legislative, and regulatory trends
  • State regulatory and prosecutorial developments
  • Class Action and UDAP litigation developments
  • Consumer advocates'/plaintiff lawyers' perspectives on current regulatory and litigation issues

In addition, attendees of the full event can receive an hour of Ethics credits and an hour of Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit.

We hope you can join us for this informative and valuable program. PLI has made a special 25 percent discounted registration fee available to those who use the code RGA0 KAP25 at checkout. To register and view a complete description of PLI's 25th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, click here

Date & Time

March 23 – 24, 2020 | 9:00 AM ET
PLI New York Center, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036

May 18 – 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM CT
Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

December 7 – 8, 2020 | 9:00 AM PT
PLI California Center, 455 Market St., Suite 2300, San Francisco, CA 94105 


Alan Kaplinsky, Partner
Consumer Financial Services

Christopher J. Willis, Partner
Consumer Financial Services

For more information and/or assistance with registration, contact PLI Customer Service at 800.260.4PLI.

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