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Michael is a first-chair trial attorney who handles complex business disputes, consumer class actions, and high-exposure cases. He focuses his practice on consumer financial services, corporate, and real estate litigation. Michael has handled trial, appeals, and arbitrations throughout the country.

Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton have agreed to merge effective April 1, 2020. The new law firm, Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, or “Troutman Pepper,” will have 1,100 attorneys in 23 offices across the country. Troutman Pepper will offer its clients greater resources and bench strength, enhanced practices and expanded geographical reach. The announcement follows

Troutman Sanders recently secured dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a consumer in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleging the defendants violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by improperly adding statutory interest to a charged-off credit card debt in contravention of Georgia’s prejudgment interest statute. The District Court’s

Carol Stanton, a legal practice assistant in Troutman Sanders’ Richmond office, has been recognized as an “Unsung Legal Hero” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Stanton, who has been in the legal field for 30 years, is recognized alongside 33 other individuals “who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty” for their organizations.

Scott Kelly, an associate in Troutman Sanders’ Consumer Financial Services practice, has been selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Media’s Up & Coming Lawyers for 2019. The “Up & Coming Lawyers” awards program, now in its fourth year, recognizes lawyers across the commonwealth who are making their mark within their first 10 years of practice.

A federal judge in Alabama has approved a putative class-action settlement in the amount of $1.15 million against Compass Bank to resolve a case brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) on behalf of non-customers who received unsolicited auto-dialer survey calls from the bank.

The case, Robert Hossfield, and all others similarly situated, vs.

New York State’s Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) has issued new proposed regulations regarding licensing and servicing standards for student loan servicers operating in the state.

The proposed regulations stem from state legislation passed in April 2019, known as Article 14-A, which requires student loan servicers to obtain a license from the DFS before

As a part of her plan to address the homeownership gap for black families in America, Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has proposed an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act that will require credit reporting agencies to include rent, cellphone, and utility payments when calculating consumer credit scores. 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has

New York State’s Department of Financial Services (DFS) has unveiled two new divisions focused on consumer protection, enforcement, and cybersecurity. These highlytouted divisions expand the enforcement capabilities of DFS and confirm that the department will continue to serve as a regulatory leader in the consumer protection space. 

The Cybersecurity

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of Treasury (“FinCEN”) issued new interpretive guidance last week relating to the application of anti-money laundering (“AML”) laws under the Banking Secrecy Act (“BSA”) to financial institutions engaged in the business of convertible virtual currencies (“CVCs”), including bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.

The stated purpose of the

Washington was close to becoming the next state with a comprehensive privacy law designed to enhance consumers’ privacy rights, but the bill recently failed to pass the state House of Representatives.

The Washington Privacy Act (SB 5376) was introduced in the Washington State Senate in January after California enacted the landmark Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)