Massachusetts Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against Equifax

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A judge has ruled that the state of Massachusetts can move forward with its lawsuit against Equifax. The breach resulted in several lawsuits filed against Equifax, including one by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Equifax knew about the vulnerabilities in its system for months, but utterly failed to keep the personal information of nearly three million Massachusetts residents safe from hackers,” said Healey at the time.

Massachusetts to Sue Equifax for Data Breach

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Equifax is likely to face a lawsuit from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who said Tuesday that she plans to file a lawsuit against the credit rating agency over a data breach that’s compromised the personal information of the state’s residents.

Massachusetts assembles fintech panel after crypto crackdown

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Galvin Commonwealth of Massachusetts 57582R MassachusettsDigital-asset companies will try to develop a less adversarial relationship with the state's securities regulator, who stopped several startups from selling digital currencies as investments. Compliance Regulatory guidance Fintech regulations State regulators Blockchain Bitcoin Distributed ledger technology William F.

Massachusetts: Frozen Growth In The Frozen North

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And nowhere in the region are these qualities more on display than in Massachusetts, the state that both brought us the phrase “Boston Strong” and countless memes of people barbecuing during blizzards. The vagaries of the New England economy show up, encapsulated, in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Throws Daily Fantasy Sports A Bone

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The Boston Globe reported that Massachusetts decided Friday (March 25) to establish a set of regulations that would allow Boston-based DraftKings and FanDuel to continue to operate within the state.

Walmart Officially Sorry It Can’t Tell Massachusetts From Maryland

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Until this past Monday (April 4), the retail giant had confusingly sold a Russell Athletic t-shirt depicting an image of a state that was clearly Massachusetts yet with a facsimile of the University of Maryland’s “M” logo and the word “Terps” written within its borders (“Terps” was actually squeezed into the eastern “arm” of the state that is arguably Massachusetts’ most obviously identifying characteristic).

FDIC approves Massachusetts de novo application

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De novo institutions Community banking Capital MassachusettsNew Valley Bank & Trust is set to become the state’s first new bank since 2008.

Massachusetts Co-ops Planning Merger

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Abington Bank in Massachusetts is planning to merge with Holbrook Co-operative Bank in Massachusetts. breaking_news community-banking m-a ma dealmaking-strategy

Massachusetts lender sets lofty goal: Double in size in five years

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Community banking Consumer banking Commercial lending M&A MassachusettsHarborOne Bancorp — led by James Blake, one of our five community bankers to watch in 2019 — is a former credit union that recently made its first bank acquisition and has Boston and other markets in its sights.

Massachusetts bank to have first new CEO in two decades

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Women in Banking Community banking Succession planning Growth strategies MassachusettsEdward Doherty is set to succeed Janice Houghton when she retires in November.

East Coast Face-Off: New York Tech Investment Beats Massachusetts By Wide Margin In 2015

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New York and Massachusetts are known as the two top tech hubs in the eastern United States, and have each produced unicorn companies and well-known exits like Etsy (New York), OnDeck Capital (New York), Wayfair (Massachusetts) and many more. Massachusetts has on some quarters eclipsed New York for … Continued. Funding & Dealflow Massachusetts New York

Brookline to buy First Commons Bank in Massachusetts

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Community banking M&A Capital Growth strategies MassachusettsBrookline will pay $56 million in cash and stock for First Commons in a deal that will add $324 million in assets.

Have the rules for third-party debt collectors changed in Massachusetts?

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It has been reported that, without announcement or warning, the regulations applicable to third-party debt collectors in Massachusetts may have changed. Debt Collection State CFS Monitor State regulation debt collector massachusetts

In Massachusetts, a call for a public bank to serve pot firms

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Marijuana banking Marijuana industry Commercial banking Law and regulation Compliance MassachusettsWith the state only months away from allowing the sale of pot for recreational use, its top cannabis regulator is urging policymakers to consider creating a public bank to provide services to growers and dispensaries that might otherwise have nowhere else to bank.

Wells Fargo got off easy; Massachusetts sues Equifax

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Morning scan Earnings Investment returns Finance and investment-related court cases Credit cards Cyberattacks CFPB Wells Fargo Equifax Commonwealth of MassachusettsAn internal CFPB memo says it was considering a $10 billion fine before settling on $100 million; state suit against credit bureau is likely to be the first of many.

Southeast Financial CU Settles with Massachusetts over Financing Fraudulent Academic Services

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Southeast Financial Credit Union (Franklin, TN) will provide $650,000 in loan relief and cash refunds to more than 500 Massachusetts students, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Southeast Financial Credit Union will discharge approximately $450,000 in loans made to Massachusetts students of The College Network, a for-profit company that marketed online study guides and educational services to consumers, including many prospective nurses.

Massachusetts' Regulator: Dishonored Check Fee Set at $7.17 Per Item

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The Massachusetts Division of Banking has set the maximum fee for dishonored checks (deposit returned items) at $7.17, which was the median cost for a sample of state chartered financial institutions to process deposit returned items. Massachusetts State Law authorizes the commissioner of banks to annually establish a reasonable fee that compensates a bank or credit union for the direct cost incurred in processing deposit return items.

Massachusetts CU to serve recreational pot industry

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A Massachusetts credit union is set to be the first financial institution in the state to serve its recently legalized recreational pot industry. Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana July 1; it is one of nine states and Washington, D.C., The post Massachusetts CU to serve recreational pot industry appeared first on CUInsight. Marijuana Massachusetts NAFCU NAFCU Newsroom pot weed

California, Florida, Massachusetts, N. Dakota Approve Pot Measures

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Voters in Florida and North Dakota approved medical marijuana measures on Tuesday, while their counterparts in California and Massachusetts approved recreational pot initiatives, according to projections. breaking_news consumer-finance national-regional compliance kyc ca fl mt nd ma me az nv ar law-regulation

Massachusetts Regulator Fines LPL $1 Million for Failing to Supervise Advisers Operating at CU

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The Boston Globe is reporting that the Massachusetts Securities Division has fined LPL Financial Holdings Inc. $1 LPL is a broker-dealer and investment adviser headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Securities Division, the employees did not make it clear to customers that they were being paid by both the credit union and LPL. The credit union was not cited because the Massachusetts Securities Division does not regulate credit unions.

Reluctant convert: This Massachusetts mutual may be out of options

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A recent acquisition that was highly dilutive, and a lack of suitable mutual targets, could spur HarborOne Bancorp to pursue a second-step conversion. Community banking Mutual banks M&A Consolidations

Massachusetts: Maximum Fee for Dishonored Checks Is $6.84

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The Massachusetts Division of Banking has set the maximum fee for dishonored checks (deposit returned items) at $6.84, which was the median cost for a sample of state chartered financial institutions to process deposit returned items. Massachusetts State Law authorizes the commissioner of banks to annually establish a reasonable fee that compensates a bank or credit union for the direct cost incurred in processing deposit return items.

Massachusetts Dishonored Check Fee Set at Maximum of $7.23, Goes Into Effect on July 1

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The state of Massachusetts set the maximum dishonored check fee that state-chartered banks and credit unions may assess at $7.23. This fee will go into effect on July 1, 2017. The 2017 deposit return items (DRI) fee is based upon deposit return item cost data from a sample of state-chartered banks and credit unions. The state surveyed 72 financial institutions. The sample was evenly divided between banks and credit unions. The cost of processing deposit returned items ranged from $1.21

Massachusetts CU Regulator Adds Sensitivity to Market Risk to Exams

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The Massachusetts Division of Banks announced on December 18 that it added “Sensitivity to Market Risk” as a standalone component of its Risk Management examinations. Massachusetts Division of Banks noted that at least five state credit union regulators have already adopted the FFIEC’s CAMELS rating system for credit union examinations.

Massachusetts Price Control: $5.71 Maximum Fee for Processing Dishonored Checks

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I came across an April 4th decision by the Massachusetts Division of Banks setting the maximum allowable fee that state chartered banks and credit unions may charge consumer deposit accounts for processing dishonored checks or deposit returned items for the next year. Massachusetts State Law authorizes the commissioner of banks to annually establish a reasonable fee that compensates a bank or credit union for the direct cost incurred in processing deposit return items.

MetLife Charged With Misleading Investors By Mass. Securities Regulator

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MetLife was charged with making false statements to investors on Monday (June 25) by the securities regulator in Massachusetts. According to news from Reuters , citing Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, MetLife allegedly provided false statements to investors about its failure to pay out pension benefits to retirees that it treated improperly as presumed dead. The investigation in Massachusetts is one of several looking into pension obligations.

Massachusetts law firm to pay $1M over debt collection practices

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The collections firm Lustig, Glaser & Wilson often harassed the wrong consumers, demanded amounts that were not owed, bullied consumers into paying from exempt income, and failed to obtain legitimate documentation of those debts, state officials said. Enforcement Collections Policymaking

CFPB March 2017 complaint report highlights credit card complaints, complaints from Massachusetts consumers; Ballard Spahr to hold April 13 webinar

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The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Massachusetts and the Boston metro area. Findings regarding complaints from Massachusetts consumers include the following: As of March 1, 2017, approximately 20,600 complaints were submitted by Massachusetts consumers of which approximately 15,400 were from Boston consumers. Barbara S. Mishkin. The CFPB has issued its March 2017 complaint report that highlights credit card complaints.

Santander To Pay $25M To Resolve Auto Loan Allegations

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states — $22 million to Massachusetts and $2.87 I think the scope of the settlement and the kind of relief we’re getting could be used as a model for other jurisdictions,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey told Bloomberg News , adding that $16 million of the total will go to consumers. At a news conference, Healy cited an example of one Massachusetts buyer who wound up owing over $10,000 on a $750 vehicle loan. Back in 2015, Santander paid Massachusetts $5.5

HarborOne in Mass. plans second-step conversion

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Community banking Mutual banks Capital MassachusettsThe former credit union will shed its mutual status when it becomes a fully stock-owned company.

School District Pays Hackers $10K In Bitcoin To Recover Data

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After hackers stole data from the computer system of a Massachusetts school system, they offered to return the information in return for a $10,000 bitcoin payment. Security & Fraud bitcoin Cyberattack Cybersecurity Hackers Massachusetts News ransom Security Wannacry What's HotThe Superintendent of Leominster Public Schools, Paula Deacon, was surprised to learn of the extortion demand and contacted police, ABC News reported. “I

CFPB March 2017 complaint report highlights credit card complaints, complaints from Massachusetts consumers; Ballard Spahr to hold April 13 webinar

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The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Massachusetts and the Boston metro area. Findings regarding complaints from Massachusetts consumers include the following: As of March 1, 2017, approximately 20,600 complaints were submitted by Massachusetts consumers of which approximately 15,400 were from Boston consumers. The CFPB has issued its March 2017 complaint report that highlights credit card complaints.

Hometown strikes again with deal for Mass. thrift

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Community banking M&A Mutual banks Growth strategies MassachusettsHometown, which agreed to buy Millbury Savings Bank, has already completed one acquisition this year and has another pending.

Cambridge snags first N.H. branches with Optima acquisition

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The Massachusetts bank has offered wealth management services in the state for several years. Community banking M&A Growth strategies Wealth management Massachusetts New Hampshire

Second M&A deal in four months for Independent in Mass.

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The acquisitive company plans to buy Blue Hills Bancorp to boost its footprint in eastern Massachusetts. Community banking M&A Integrations Capital Growth strategies Massachusetts

Remitly Now Operating In All 50 States

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has expanded its services to Massachusetts. According to a report , with the addition of Massachusetts, Remitly serves all 50 states in the U.S. 16), residents of Massachusetts, which is the most populous state in New England, can send money overseas via its app and website. The report noted that, in Massachusetts, 1 million, or 15 percent of residents, are born outside of the country and have family in other countries that rely on remittances to supplement their incomes.

The Strange Spending Trends Around Sales Tax Holidays

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Massachusetts’ legislature has not yet fully approved its pending 2018 tax holiday, but if passed by the state Senate it would be the nation’s most permissive, fully suspending all state sales tax across purchases under $2,000 for the entire weekend of August 11 and 12. Retail Back-to-School federal reserve Massachusetts News Spending Trends tax holidays

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Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod in Massachusetts names first female CEO

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Lisa Oliver, who will also become the bank's president, previously ran the business banking division at KeyBank. WIB scan Succession planning Mutual banks

Berkshire Hills CEO abruptly resigns

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Community banking C-suite Career moves Succession planning MassachusettsMichael Daly had been the Boston company's president and CEO since 2002. The company provided no reason for his departure.

HarborOne expands New England mortgage business with latest acquisition

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The Massachusetts bank — and former credit union — bought Cumberland County Mortgage in Maine. Community banking Mortgages Lending M&A Massachusetts Maine

People's United adds to Boston operations with BSB purchase

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Community banking M&A Capital Growth strategies MassachusettsThe Connecticut regional bank will pay $327 million for the parent of Belmont Savings Bank.

Serial acquirer's new chief is taking a break from bank deals

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Community banking Workplace culture M&A Succession planning Diversity and equality MassachusettsRichard Marotta, who became Berkshire Hills' CEO after his predecessor's abrupt resignation, says his top priorities are squeezing more profit from existing operations and improving corporate culture.

Loan growth offsets hits to 4Q fee income at Berkshire Hills

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Community banking Community banks Earnings MassachusettsThe Boston company reported a quarterly profit despite mortgage headwinds and lost SBA revenue tied to the partial government shutdown.