Media Mentions

June 12, 2011

Authored by: Bryan Cave

With attorneys and staff worldwide, Bryan Cave often makes the news.  Recent media mentions of attorneys in the Financial Institutions group include:

Andreassen on Moneylaundering.com

DC Associate Kristine Andreassen was quoted June 7 by Moneylaundering.com regarding a report from the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in which lawmakers criticize the U.S. Treasury Department for failing to adequately implement a portion of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. The lack of regulations governing the cross-border transportation of prepaid access products has hamstrung American efforts to combat Mexican drug-trafficking organizations, according to lawmakers. Andreassen said that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) ultimately must decide whether to require individuals carrying prepaid access devices to declare the actual or potential maximum value the products have before crossing the border. “One of the issues FinCEN has to account for is cards that cross the border empty, and are then reloaded on the other side,” she said.

Moeling in Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bank Investment Consultant

Atlanta Partner Walt Moeling was quoted May 27 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution regarding Georgia Rep. Greg Morris, who has been fined $5,000 by federal bank regulators after he made overdrafts not allowed because of his role as a bank director. Moeling said it’s a relatively minor violation. “Director overdrafts seldom impose any threat to the safety and soundness of a bank,” he said. “Nonetheless they are clear violations and the regulators will act when they find repeat offenders.”  He also was quoted May 25 by Bank Investment Consultant regarding a growing group of acquisition-minded community banks, for whom fee-based businesses are looking like a more attractive way to bolster revenue than are traditional bank deals.

Rinearson in Franchise Law News

New York Partner Judith Rinearson authored an article in the current edition of Franchise Law News with tips on how to avoid the legal traps of promotional certificates. A spate of class-action lawsuits claim that the short expiration dates popular with “Groupon-like” gift certificate programs violate applicable laws. “Just because you are compliant with federal law, don’t think you are off the hook,” she cautioned. “With care in structuring these programs, and with good, clear disclosures in all marketing materials, these Groupon-like gift certificate programs can be a true win-win for both consumers and retailers.”