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Stephen C. Parker joins Butler Snow

Stephen C. Parker has joined the Butler Snow law firm in Memphis and will practice with the Commercial Litigation Group.  Parker recently retired after 30 years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Parker earned his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Memphis.  He served as a member of the Memphis Police ...

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Travis Steele joins Butler Snow

Attorney Travis R. Steele has joined Butler Snow, and will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group.  Steele will practice from Albuquerque, N.M., expanding the firm’s footprint to 17 domestic locations and one in London. Steele focuses his practice on commercial litigation, Native American gaming, oil and gas, and real estate litigation. This addition follows Butler Snow’s recent expansion in ...

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Regions must pay $7.5 million in fines over illegal overdraft fees

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has hit Regions Bank, tops in market share among Mississippi banks, with a $7.5 million fine for “illegal actions” on over-draft fees. The CFPB has already forced the Alabama-based multi-state bank to refund customers $49 million in wrongfully collected overdraft charges. The enforcement action announced this week charges the $122-billion Regions assessed overdraft fees ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Permanent loans & other oxymora

  A n oxymoron – a clever figure of speech that seemingly contradicts itself – can be pretty amusing.  Jumbo shrimp.  Postal Service. Justice Ginsburg.  Devout atheist.  Unbiased opinion. One of our favorite finance-related oxymora is PERMANENT LOANS.  Our partner Roger Williams leads an active practice group specializing in permanent loans for multifamily properties.  But don’t be duped.  Permanent loans ...

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New HUD rules delay some foreclosures for a year

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has made significant changes to its Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP) that will require loan servicers to take additional steps before initiating residential mortgage foreclosures. HUD said that in an effort to better serve homeowners looking to avoid foreclosure, loan servicers will now be required to delay foreclosure for a ...

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Answering the Bell: Interim Ole Miss law school dean well-regarded for directing hands-on clinical training

Deborah “Debbie” Bell, who has been appointed interim dean of The University of Mississippi School of Law, is well regarded in the legal community for both being a nationally recognized expert in domestic relations work and for being an innovative and effective legal educator. “She is respected and beloved by the members of the law school and university communities, as ...

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New tool to manage, bill legal projects

With the fluctuating economy and more stringent regulations, law firms and company legal departments are facing increasing pressure and challenges. Some are developing programs to make legal services more efficient and cost effective. For example, the multi-state Baker Donelson firm is a pioneer in this field with the development of a Legal Project Management Office, which has been patented and ...

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