SAN FRANCISCO, CA – October 07, 2014. Joseph & Cohen, Professional Corporation, announced today that two of the firm’s attorneys, Jonathan M. Cohen, Senior Partner, and Kristina A. Del Vecchio, Of Counsel, were selected by the California Bar Association to speak at their Annual Convention in San Diego. The Firm’s attorneys participated in the Consumer Financial Services Committee program entitled “New Developments in the Enforcement of Consumer Arbitration Clauses” on September 14, 2014.
Ms. Del Vecchio moderated the panel of speakers that included Jonathan Cohen, Bill Webb of Webb Legal Group, and Scott Pearson of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The panel discussed the current state of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts and recent developments post-Concepcion (AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011)).
Their discussion, which was videotaped by the California State Bar and will be offered for MCLE credit, focused on class action arbitration and waivers, drafting tips, recent litigation surrounding such clauses and what to expect in the future, particularly given the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority in this area. Consumer arbitration has undergone radical change as a result of recent US Supreme Court and California Court of Appeals decisions and every attorney should know how it will affect their clients.
Ms. Del Vecchio, Chair of State Bar Consumer Financial Services Committee, said of her experience, “The panel was outstanding; we also received several excellent questions from our audience.”
Mr. Cohen added, “It was an honor to speak at the Annual Meeting about a topic that may seem esoteric but that can drastically alter the outcome of litigation even before a dispute has arisen.”
In addition, on September 9th, Ms. Del Vecchio delivered a 60-minute webinar titled “Spotlight on CFPB Mortgages: Keys to Keeping Up with Federal Standards.”
Hosted by Progressive Business Executive Education, Ms. Del Vecchio’s presentation focused on the continually changing and complex rules of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). She addressed the CFPB’s January 10th, 2014 “final” ruling requiring mortgage lenders to assess the consumer’s ability to repay mortgage loans before extending credit became effective, a ruling that the CFPB is still in the process of amending.
Ms. Del Vecchio gave insight on how mortgage lenders can remain up to speed on the latest rule, how it impacts the industry, issues that may arise, and what to expect in terms of future changes. A recording of the webinar is available for order. Click here for further details.
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