Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

7/3/2015 - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Consumer Lenders Debt-Relief Industry Elder Abuse Enforcement Actions FDUTPA Financial Abuse Financial Institutions FTC FTCA Nonbank Firms Telemarketing

Divided U.S. Supreme Court Holds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under FHA, but Subject to Safeguards Against Abusive Disparate...

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., on June 25, 2015, holding that disparate impact claims are...more

7/1/2015 - Affordable Housing Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act FHA SCOTUS Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities

Federal Agencies Finalize Flood Insurance Rules

Federal regulators have finalized a joint rule that amends regulations relating to loans secured by properties in special flood hazard areas. The final rule implements changes to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973...more

6/30/2015 - Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act Flood Disaster Protection Act Flood Insurance Flood Zones

New empirical study of AAA arbitrations is a study in contradictions

A new empirical study of approximately 5,000 American Arbitration Association (AAA) consumer arbitrations conducted between 2009 and 2013 purports to find a “repeat player” effect favoring companies that previous researchers,...more

6/23/2015 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration CFPB Class Action

FTC Follows in CFPB Footsteps with GLBA Privacy Notices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor...more

6/23/2015 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships CFPB Disclosure Requirements FTC Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Notice Requirements Privacy Policy Proposed Amendments Rulemaking Process Websites

FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability

The Federal Communications Commission, in a divided vote, approved an order clarifying several long-simmering Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues. While the order has not been officially released, the...more

6/22/2015 - ATDS FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Nevada Amends Laws Regarding Homeowners’ Association Liens

While an amended Nevada Senate bill does not change the Nevada Supreme Court’s seminal holding that an association lien is a true priority lien that, when properly foreclosed, may extinguish a first deed of trust, the new law...more

6/17/2015 - Creditors Deed of Trust Financial Institutions Foreclosure Homeowners' Association Liens New Legislation Right To Cure

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies, Releases Auto Finance Examination Procedures for Banks, Nonbanks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a...more

6/12/2015 - Auto Lease Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Final Rules Market Participants Nonbank Firms

CFPB finalizes rule to supervise nonbank auto finance companies and releases auto finance examination procedures for banks and...

The CFPB issued a final rule on June 10, 2015 allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a separate rule...more

6/12/2015 - Auto Lease Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Final Rules Nonbank Firms Supervision

Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies

Pursuant to a mandate contained in Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank or Act), six federal agencies jointly issued new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Standards today. These...more

6/11/2015 - Diversity Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I) Dodd-Frank Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing OMWI Regulatory Standards

FTC Continues To Ban Mandatory Arbitration in Magnuson-Moss Warranty Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced its decision to retain a ban on mandatory arbitration provisions in warranty claims made under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA). The FTC’s decision was announced in...more

6/4/2015 - Arbitration Dispute Resolution FTC Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Warranties

FCC Chairman Releases Proposed TCPA Declaratory Rulings

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a fact sheet describing his proposed declaratory rulings on various issues involving the FCC’s interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

6/3/2015 - FCC TCPA

Second Circuit Ruling Undermines National Bank Act Preemption of State Usury Laws for Loans Transferred to Non-Banks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last week that a purchaser of charged-off debts from a national bank was not entitled to assert the preemption of state usury laws available to national banks under...more

6/1/2015 - Banking Sector FDCPA Financial Institutions Midland Funding National Bank Act Preemption Usury

State AG – Credit Bureaus Settlement: What Furnishers Need to Know - More than 30 state attorneys general reached a settlement...

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a press release announcing the results of a multi-state investigation into the three national credit reporting agencies (CRAs) - Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian...more

5/29/2015 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Debt Buyers Debt Collection Equifax Experian FCRA TransUnion

Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a...more

5/26/2015 - Appeals Debt Collectors FDCPA Income Taxes

U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/21/2015 - Colleges Consumer Lenders Department of Education Financial Aid Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

Supreme Court Ruling Could Alter Class Action Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case that could alter the landscape of federal class action litigation. Granting the defendant’s petition for certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, the Court will review...more

5/20/2015 - Article III Campbell Ewald v Gomez Class Action Mootness Rule 23 SCOTUS TCPA

Ninth Circuit Rules FDCPA and California Law Do Not Prohibit Collection Letter Seeking Prejudgment Interest

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a debt collection letter seeking prejudgment interest on the debt did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) or California’s Rosenthal...more

5/20/2015 - Appeals Debt Collection FDCPA Prejudgment Interest

The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

CFPB speaks (again) at PLI’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Key members of the CFPB’s enforcement, regulatory and supervision offices spoke yesterday at PLI’s 20th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Chicago. As was the case during the New York City version which took...more

4/29/2015 - Arbitration CFPB Dodd-Frank Nonbank Firms Professional Conferences Rulemaking Process SBREFA Whistleblower Protection Policies

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

4/29/2015 - FTC Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Privacy Policy Retailers Settlement Web Tracking

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Statutory Damages Are Recoverable Even Without Any Actual Harm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nevertheless has standing under Article...more

4/28/2015 - Article III FCRA Imminent Harm Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

Rule Expanding Military Lending Act Protections In Limbo

The Department of Defense's (DoD) proposed rule to revise and expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA) may be put on hold. The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee for Military...more

4/27/2015 - DOD Military Lending Act Military Service Members NDAA Proposed Amendments

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The...more

4/21/2015 - Administrative Fines Colleges Department of Education Disclosure Requirements Heald College Misrepresentation Title IV

Washington State AG Sues Student Loan Debt Adjustment Firm

The Washington State Attorney General recently filed an action in state court against a student loan debt adjustment firm and its individual principal alleging that the firm charged illegal fees and failed to provide required...more

4/16/2015 - Attorney Generals Consumer Protection Act Debt-Relief Industry Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions Student Loans Transaction Fees

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