Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are...more

3/3/2015 - Attorney Generals Debt Collection Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions FDCPA FTC Injunctive Relief

Another study raises questions about possible CFPB payday loan limits

We recently wrote about two studies, one by Professor Ronald Mann and the other by Professor Jennifer Lewis Priestley, that cast serious doubt on the benefit to payday loan borrowers of an ability-to-repay requirement and...more

2/26/2015 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Market Research Payday Loans

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding...more

2/26/2015 - Audio Recording Debt Collection FDCPA Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

CFPB to hold field hearing on arbitration

The CFPB has announced that on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Newark, N.J. on arbitration. The hearing will feature remarks from Director Cordray, as well as testimony from consumer groups, industry...more

2/24/2015 - CFPB

New York Issues Guidance on New Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance about its new Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide insight on the scope...more

2/23/2015 - Debt Buyers Debt Collectors New Guidance NYDFS

OCC Updated Examiner Guidance Includes New Overdraft Protection Program Requirements

In updated examiner guidance and examination procedures issued last week, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) directs its examiners to assess whether the overdraft protection and other deposit-related consumer...more

2/20/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Depository Institutions Guidance Update OCC Overdraft Fees Supervision

Feds Obtain First-Ever Settlement over Allegedly Discriminatory ‘Buy Here, Pay Here’ Car Dealership Financing

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the North Carolina Department of Justice recently requested court approval of a consent decree arising out of alleged racial discrimination by two North Carolina car dealerships in...more

2/16/2015 - Car Dealerships Discrimination DOJ Equal Access to Credit Predatory Lending Race Discrimination Racial Discrimination

Studies question value of expected CFPB payday loan limits

The CFPB’s payday loan rulemaking was the subject of a NY Times article this past Sunday which has received considerable attention. According to the article, the CFPB will “soon release” its proposal which is expected to...more

2/11/2015 - Ability-to-Repay CFPB Payday Loans Rulemaking Process

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Challenge to California Decision that PAGA Claims Cannot be Waived in Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari that challenged a California Supreme Court decision carving out an exception to the federal high court’s recent holdings in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and...more

2/11/2015 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian v CLS Transportation PAGA Petition for Writ of Certiorari Preemption SCOTUS

Texas Federal Court Rejects Challenge to ‘No Credit Card Surcharge’ Law

A federal district court in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several merchants challenging the constitutionality of a state law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases. In Rowell v....more

2/11/2015 - Credit Card Surcharges Credit Cards Debit and Credit Card Transactions Dismissals Due Process First Amendment Retailers

FTC Announces Settlement of First Actions against Auto Title Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into proposed settlements with two auto title lenders that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Truth in...more

2/5/2015 - Advertising Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Civil Monetary Penalty Enforcement Actions False Advertising FTC Regulation Z Settlement TILA

Medical debt collection remains in the crosshairs of the CFPB

The next meeting of the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board will take place on February 19 in Washington, DC. The focus of the meeting will be to “discuss trends and themes related to consumer and financial well-being and medical...more

2/5/2015 - CFPB Debt Medical Debt Public Meetings

FDIC Eases Stance on Bank Relationships with ‘Risky’ Businesses - But Not the Time for Complacency on Compliance

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a “Statement on Providing Banking Services” in which it “encourages institutions to take a risk-based approach in assessing individual customer relationships rather...more

2/2/2015 - Banking Sector Banks FDIC New Guidance TPPPs

Third Time Is the Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Argument in Disparate Impact Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.—the case presenting the issue of whether disparate impact claims are...more

1/29/2015 - Age Discrimination DHCA v Inclusive Communities Project Disparate Impact FHA HUD LIHTC Oral Argument Public Housing Authorities Racial Discrimination SCOTUS

FTC Announces Settlement with Online Payday Lenders

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with two online payday lenders to resolve charges that they violated the FTC Act, the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA). The...more

1/27/2015 - EFTA FTC FTCA Payday Loans Settlement TILA

Debt Collector’s TCPA Violation Does Not Establish FDCPA Violation, Pa. Federal Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it failed to identify itself at the beginning of a...more

1/26/2015 - Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Robocalling TCPA

FTC Increases Exclusionary Limit for Certain Door-to-Door Sales

The Federal Trade Commission has adopted a final rule amending its Cooling-Off Rule to exclude from the Rule’s coverage door-to-door sales of consumer goods or services with a purchase price of $130 or more that are made at...more

1/9/2015 - Amended Regulation Cooling-Off Rule Door-to-Door Sales Final Rules FTC

No Arbitration Where Employer Was Unable To Authenticate Employee's Electronic Signature on Arbitration Agreement

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently affirmed an order denying a petition to compel arbitration where the employer failed to present sufficient evidence that the employee electronically signed an...more

1/8/2015 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Authentication E-Signatures Employer Liability Issues

Waiting for the CFPB’s arbitration study

“Waiting for the CFPB’s arbitration study” isn’t the title of a new play but it does describe the study’s status as we enter the final hours of 2014. Since the CFPB sent letters to payday lenders in August 2014...more

12/30/2014 - Arbitration CFPB Consumer Lenders Loan Agreements Payday Loans

CFPB soliciting suggestions for its amicus brief program

The Consumer Law & Policy Blog has reproduced a copy of a letter sent yesterday by the CFPB seeking suggested cases for the CFPB’s amicus brief program. ...more

12/19/2014 - CFPB Consumer Financial Products SCOTUS

Petitioner Opposes NY Regulator’s Motion To Dismiss Lawsuit Seeking Access to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

The consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) who sued the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky, to obtain access to DFS’s database of alleged illegal...more

12/17/2014 - Consumer Lenders FOIA Motion to Dismiss Payday Loans

Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers of Judgment to Putative Class Representatives, 11th Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently held that a class action was not mooted by the unaccepted offers of judgment made by the defendant to each putative class representative in the full amount of his or her...more

12/9/2014 - Appeals Class Action Mootness Offer of Judgment Putative Class Actions Rule 68

AFSA responds to state AG call for arbitration limits

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) has sent a letter to Director Cordray responding to the letter sent to him last month by 16 Democratic state attorneys general calling on the CFPB to limit the use of...more

12/9/2014 - Arbitration Agreements CFPB Consumer Financial Products UDAAP

New York Issues Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final debt collection regulations on December 3, 2014, following an extensive rulemaking period. The regulations impose requirements on third-party debt...more

12/8/2014 - Debt Buyers Debt Collection Department of Financial Services Disclosure Requirements Electronic Communications FDCPA New Regulations Prior Express Consent

PA Elder Abuse Prevention and Reporting Update

The Elder Law Task Force of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (the "Task Force") recently issued a report containing 130 recommendations to prevent elder abuse in Pennsylvania. A large portion of the report and a significant...more

12/8/2014 - Elder Abuse Financial Abuse Information Reports

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