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Winter 2020

The Bankers' Statement: Winter 2020

Implications of Warren Bank M&A Proposal

In December of 2019, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Jesús García announced the introduction of the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act (the act), which would “…restrict harmful consolidation in the banking industry and protect consumers and the financial system from ‘Too Big To Fail’ institutions.” It blames much of the 2008 financial crisis on institutions that would ostensibly be categorized as “too big to fail,” and specifically references the SunTrust/BB&T merger, alleging that it would create the “…first new Too Big To Fail bank since the financial crisis.”  

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Bank/Credit Union Combinations Redux

Just when it appeared as though acquisitions of banks by credit unions were poised to become the “new normal,” a recent decision by the Colorado State Banking Board has slowed if not stopped that train when it denied a Colorado state bank’s application to consummate a proposed asset sale to a credit union.

Cache Bank & Trust, a Colorado-chartered bank headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, applied to the State of Colorado to sell its assets to Boulder-based Elevations CU, utilizing an asset purchase structure that has been the primary legal vehicle for these types of transactions nationally.  

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Ohio Enacts New Limitation on Tax Base for Financial Institutions Tax

On July 26, 2019, Am. H.B. 166 was enacted into law.  That law enacted changes to Ohio Revised Code 5726.04.  More specifically, the tax base of the Ohio Financial Institutions Tax (FIT) for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 has been changed.  The first estimated tax payment affected by the change is due January 31, 2020.  Taxpayers subject to the FIT should be mindful of the change as they calculate their estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 and forward. 

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Businesses Now Being Sued in Latest Class Action Wave for ADA Claimed Violations for Gift Card and Expanded Web/App Accessibility

Beginning in October 2019, more than a dozen individuals through at least four law firms have filed hundreds of new lawsuits against businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990’s Title III (starting at 42 USC §12101), as well as local New York state (N.Y. Exec. Law Article 15) and New York City Human Rights Laws (starting at N.Y.C. Admin. Code §8-101).  New lawsuits continue to be filed weekly like these. 

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Ohio Criminal Supreme Court Decision Permits Banks to Recover Restitution for Forged Checks

By 6-1 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that under Ohio criminal law, a bank that cashes a forged check and then recredits a depositor’s account is a “victim” such that the person who forged the check may be required to pay restitution to the bank.  See State of Ohio v. Allen, 2019-Ohio-4757.  

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