Massachusetts Reopens Its Dining Rooms

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Restaurant dining rooms in Massachusetts reopened on Monday (June 22), after being shuttered for three months. We are making the progress we’re making because of the actions that people here in Massachusetts are taking every day,” Baker said at his daily press conference on Friday (June 19).

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.

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Apprenticeships at center of Massachusetts bank's diversity push

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Massachusetts Workplace management Workforce managementReading Cooperative Bank recently launched a program that aims to hire young Black and Hispanic adults from low-income communities. Its leaders say it’s part of a broad strategy to develop new pipelines of talent and better serve low-income communities.

Gas Payment Solution PayByCar Launches In Massachusetts

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A first-in-the-nation payment solution that allows drivers to purchase gas from their cars without taking out cash, a credit card or a mobile app has launched in Westborough, MA.

Provident in Massachusetts buys warehouse lending business

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Community banking M&A Warehouse lenders Mortgages Massachusetts Florida ConnecticutThe company acquired ResX Warehouse Lending from People's United Financial.

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 mutual taps insider as its next chief

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C-suite Massachusetts Community banking Succession planning Mutual banksJonathan Dowst will become president in July and CEO a year later.

CFPB and Massachusetts AG file lawsuit against credit repair company

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The CFPB and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office have filed a lawsuit against a credit repair company and the company’s individual owner in federal district court in Massachusetts.

Federal court grants TRO in trade group lawsuit challenging Massachusetts emergency debt collection regulation

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A Massachusetts federal district court has entered a temporary restraining order that blocks the state’s attorney general from enforcing the prohibitions on initiating lawsuits and making collection calls in the AG’s emergency debt collection regulation promulgated on March 26.

Massachusetts AG emergency regulation prohibits certain collection activity by both creditors and debt collectors

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On March 27, 2020, the Massachusetts Attorney General filed an emergency regulation interpreting the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L. Debt Collection Regulatory and Enforcement debt collector 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).

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

District of Columbia enacts emergency debt collection law in response to COVID-19 pandemic; Massachusetts AG issues guidance on emergency debt collection regulation

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In contrast, the Massachusetts emergency regulation only restricts telephone calls to consumers.

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

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

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

Bristol County Savings expanding in R.I. with Freedom purchase

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The Massachusetts savings bank will gain branches in two communities as part of the acquisition. Community banking M&A Growth strategies Massachusetts Rhode Island

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.

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.

Amid pandemic, state elected officials become de facto bank regulators

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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.

Cambridge Financial in Mass. to buy neighboring cooperative bank

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Community banking M&A Growth strategies MassachusettsThe company will pay about $58 million in cash for Melrose Bancorp.

BofA lending to states that don't want to wait on Fed

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Bank of America Hawaii Massachusetts Rhode Island General obligation bondsSome states aren't waiting on the Federal Reserve to help with the historic hits to their budgets. Instead, they're working with a lender that they have a much longer history with: Bank of America.

Why this regional bank is dumping N.Y. multifamily loans

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Community banking Commercial lending Earnings Multifamily Connecticut Massachusetts New YorkPeople's United in Connecticut is letting the loans run off its books as it invests in higher-yielding commercial loans.

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.

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Looking back at 2019's community bankers to watch

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Community banking M&A Succession planning Branding Credit quality CRE Virginia California Arkansas Massachusetts LouisianaOne found a buyer, another announced plans to retire, and others took steps to reinvent their banks.

Equifax reaches deal with 8 states on steps to avoid future breaches

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Data breaches Data security Data privacy Corporate governance Risk management Security risk Equifax FTC CFPB California New York Texas Georgia North Carolina Massachusetts Maine AlabamaUnder a consent order with Texas and seven other states, the Atlanta-based credit reporting firm agreed to shore up its information security efforts, but it will not have to pay any financial penalties.

Mass transit's cashless conundrum

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Cash NFC Mobile payments Massachusetts U.K.Transit agencies worldwide are attempting to eradicate cash and the bottlenecks that it causes from situations where customer throughput is paramount. But is this effort truly viable given the entrenched payment behaviors and requirements for serving everyone, even digital naysayers?

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

Eastern bank in Mass. taps Citi cards exec to lead consumer lending

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Community banking Credit cards MassachusettsEastern Bank in Boston has hired a former Citi Cards executive to oversee its consumer-lending business.

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

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.

Uber Of X: Rent-A-Ref, Sports Officials For Any Game Or Tournament

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Based out of Riverside, California, the website (and soon-to-be mobile platform) has been working with leagues all over the state, as well as in Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas. uber of x California Colorado Illinois Massachusetts new jersey New York referee referees rent-a-ref Texas Uber of X What's Hot WisconsinPerhaps the most overlooked person in any sport is the most important one: the referee.