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Posts published by “D. Sharmin Arefin”

D. Sharmin Arefin is based in Maurice Wutscher’s Atlanta office. She focuses her practice in the areas of consumer protection defense, regulatory compliance and employment litigation. Sharmin has substantial litigation experience regarding claims arising under federal and state consumer protection statutes. She also has significant experience in the areas of automobile advertising and sales practices, mortgage related repurchase demands and litigation, contested foreclosures, and employment related investigations and litigation. Sharmin served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey where she represented the state in both litigation and non-litigation matters, including mediation, on behalf of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). She was the first Deputy Attorney General assigned to lead the Essex County Family Drug Court Pilot Program. Sharmin then served as a Staff Attorney for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection where she directed investigations and enforcement actions under the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act. For several years before joining Maurice Wutscher, she practiced in the mortgage lending litigation and regulatory compliance fields with a well-known mortgage lending law firm. Sharmin is a frequent speaker and author on topics relevant to business law and regulatory compliance. She is a member of the Automotive Resource Network, serving as a committee chairperson in 2015. She currently serves the American Bar Association as a committee director and member of the Editorial Board for Business Law Today. In addition, she is a member of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and is Vice Chair of the Diversity Task Force for the Business Law Section’s Consumer Financial Services Committee.

2nd Cir. Reverses Judgment in Favor of Bank Employer on ‘Remote Work’ Pregnancy Discrimination Claims

In a case involving allegations that a bank employer violated state and federal laws by not allowing an employee to work remotely from home when she became pregnant, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated in part the trial court’s judgment…

11th Cir. Upholds Denial of Arbitration, Holds Trial Not Required If No Genuine Issue of Material Fact

In a case involving the enforceability of so-called “clickwrap” web-based agreements, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the denial of a defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that the defendant failed to prove the existence of an agreement to arbitrate.…

MD Ga. Holds SOL on Security Deed is 21 Years, Wrongful Foreclosure Claim May Stand Independently of Fraud Claim

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia recently held that when a mortgagee makes some affirmative misrepresentation or action that renders a foreclosure sale unfair, a claim for wrongful foreclosure may stand independently of a claim for fraud. The Court also held…

11th Cir. Holds Obvious Unilateral Mistake Rendered ‘Bargain Basement’ Short Sale Price Unenforceable

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a mortgage loan servicer, holding that the trial court correctly refused to enforce the servicer’s acceptance of a short sale offer that contained an obvious clerical error in the…