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Laurence J. Hutt

Arnold & Porter LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Laurence Hutt is a member of the firm's litigation and financial institutions practice groups. He represents federally-chartered financial institutions, including banks and thrifts, as well as financial industry trade associations, in cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts challenging the constitutionality of state and local regulatory enactments on grounds of federal preemption, and infringement of exclusive federal visitorial powers. He also defends financial institutions in numerous consumer class action and "private attorney general" cases asserting unfair competition law and similar deceptive trade practice claims.

Among the questions on which he litigates and advises banking clients are the enforceability of state credit card and access check disclosure requirements and state escheat laws; the propriety of state restrictions on interest rates and charges, interchange fees, transaction posting order, promotional and default pricing, predatory lending, overdraft and non-interest fees, and account setoffs; and the validity of state regulation of national bank operating subsidiaries and marketing partners.

Mr. Hutt has also represented lenders and developers in court proceedings and arbitrations involving banking, secured creditor, and real estate disputes. The matters he handles in this area include enforcement of real and personal property security instruments; lender's liability claims; foreclosure, antideficiency, land use, easement, and entitlement problems; disputes concerning validity, priority, and enforcement of liens; matters involving receiverships and provisional remedies; and pursuit of diverted and concealed funds.

In addition to representing clients in banking and general business litigation matters, he has represented a professional sports team in numerous cases in federal and state court concerning contractual and common law duties among a sports league, league officers, and member clubs; application of the federal antitrust laws to the league; league structure and operations; commercial, contract, tort, and insurance claims; and team and player disputes. He has also handled numerous appeals for party-litigants and amici dealing with issues including professional responsibility, punitive damages, land use and easements, mechanic's liens, federal preemption, and civil procedure.

Practice Areas
Financial Services
Consumer Protection and Advertising
Appellate and Supreme Court

JD, Order of the Coif, Stanford Law School, 1975
BA, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Pennsylvania, 1972

Supreme Court of the United States

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