Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC Continues Regulatory Scrutiny of the Debt Buying Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained temporary injunctions against two passive debt buyers, which are companies that buy and sell debt portfolios and exclusively use third-party debt collectors. In complaints...more

11/19/2014 - Debt Buyers Enforcement Actions FTC Junk Debt OCC Preliminary Injunctions Section 5

Another Federal Court Rules Debt Collector’s Voice Message Does Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently ruled that a voicemail message containing the caller’s name and identifying the caller as a debt collector with “an important message” was not a...more

11/19/2014 - Confidential Communications Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FDCPA Voicemail

Further Thoughts on the St. John’s Consumer Arbitration Study

Jeff Sovern, through his Consumer Law & Policy Blog, recently responded to our criticism that the St. John’s study didn’t include arbitration provisions with opt-out features. Jeff makes the point that since consumers don’t...more

11/18/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Federal Arbitration Act Opt-Outs

CFPB Proposes Sweeping Changes for Prepaid Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued an 870-page proposal for prepaid cards (including 156 pages of actual proposed rules) that mandates new disclosures, error resolution procedures, consumer liability limits...more

11/14/2014 - CFPB Prepaid Payment Products Proposed Regulation

FCC Accepting Comments on ABA Petition To Exempt Fraud Notifications from TCPA Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Public Notice requesting comments on a petition by the American Bankers Association (ABA) to exempt time-sensitive informational calls to mobile devices from the...more

11/13/2014 - American Bankers Association FCC Fraud Mobile Devices Notice Requirements Prior Express Consent Public Comment TCPA

Some thoughts on the St. John’s School of Law’s analysis of consumer understanding of arbitration agreements

Following on the heels of the Pew Foundation’s survey of consumer attitudes towards arbitration and the CFPB’s on-going empirical study of consumer arbitration, a group of professors from St. John’s University School of Law...more

11/11/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Pew Foundation Surveys

CFPB’s constitutionality again before D.C. Circuit in Morgan Drexen appeal

The CFPB’s constitutionality is again before the D.C. Circuit, with the D.C Circuit now being asked to consider the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in NLRB v. Canning on actions taken by the CFPB while Director...more

11/7/2014 - Canning v NLRB CFPB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

CFPB issues snapshot of debt collection complaints filed by older consumers

The CFPB’s Office of Older Americans has issued a report titled “a snapshot of debt collection complaints submitted by older consumers,” which provides information drawn from complaints submitted to the CFPB from July 2013 to...more

11/7/2014 - CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors Information Reports

Federal District Court Vacates HUD Disparate Impact Rule

In a Fair Housing Act (FHA) case we have been watching for some time, the federal district court in Washington, D.C., recently issued an opinion vacating the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s)...more

11/6/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Disparate Impact FHA HUD

Web-Based Platform Not Autodialer under TCPA, California Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, that a third-party Web-based platform used by a health club to send text messages to its members was not an “automated telephone dialing system”...more

11/6/2014 - FCC Robocalling TCPA Text Messages

FCC Gives Entities Six Months To Comply with Order Requiring Opt-Out Notices for Faxed Ads Sent with Prior Consent under TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued an order finally clarifying that opt-out notices are required in solicited facsimile advertisements. In doing so, the FCC recognized the confusion caused by its...more

11/4/2014 - Advertising Faxes FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Written Notice

Regulators Adopt Risk Retention Rule with Few Changes

A final credit risk retention rule was recently issued with respect to asset-backed securities (ABS) by the prudential bank regulators (the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance...more

10/29/2014 - Asset-Backed Securities Collateralized Loan Obligations Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC Risk Retention SEC Securities

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

10/23/2014 - Dietary Supplements Electronic Fund Transfer Act Enforcement Actions FTC Internet Retailers Retailers ROSCA Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

President Issues Executive Order to Improve Security of Federal Payment Systems

President Obama recently signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to improve the security of payment card transactions by upgrading to chip-and-PIN payment systems, which enable payments to be processed using an...more

10/23/2014 - Credit Cards Data Protection Executive Orders Financial Regulatory Reform Payment Systems

CFPB Issues Final Rule on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Annual Privacy Notices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule that amends Regulation P to allow financial institutions that meet certain requirements to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers using an...more

10/22/2014 - CFPB Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Privacy Policy Regulation P Websites

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman Files Third Annual Report Highlighting Bureau’s Hot Button Issues in Student Lending

The CFPB released its third Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman, Rohit Chopra, discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints....more

10/21/2014 - CFPB Fair Lending Information Reports Ombudsman Student Loans Students

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

10/20/2014 - Debt Collection FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

N.Y. Department of Financial Services Sued for Access to Documents Pertaining to Database of Alleged Illegal Payday Lenders

A consumer financial services attorney (the petitioner) recently filed a petition in New York state court against the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and its superintendent, Benjamin Lawsky. The lawsuit...more

10/14/2014 - Banks Blacklist Department of Financial Services FOIA Payday Loans

CFSA Presses Its Case against ‘Operation Choke Point’

The Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), the national trade association for the payday lending industry, has filed a memorandum in support of its previously filed lawsuit against the agencies it accuses...more

10/9/2014 - Banks Choke Point Lenders Payday Loans

Pew’s Fourth Report Targets Online Payday Lending

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released the fourth report in its “Payday Lending in America” series. The new report examines issues with the online payday loan market and draws distinctions with the storefront-based payday...more

10/8/2014 - Internet Lenders Payday Loans

Second Circuit Issues Decision in Payday-Loan Regulatory Case

In a clash of competing sovereigns’ interests, the Second Circuit recently upheld, for now, the authority of the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) to regulate online payday loans made by Indian tribal lenders to...more

10/6/2014 - Banks Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders NACHA Native American Issues Payday Loans Preliminary Injunctions Tribal Governments

CFPB Issues First Enforcement Action for Servicing Rules Violations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a consent order with Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., alleging unfair acts and practices under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and violations of the CFPB's...more

10/3/2014 - Banks CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Consent Order Enforcement Actions Loan Modifications Mortgage Loan Servicing Standards UDAAP Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Federal Financial Regulators Issue Warning on ‘Shellshock’ Security Vulnerability

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently issued an alert warning financial institutions of a security vulnerability nicknamed “Shellshock” in software commonly used in servers and other...more

10/3/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FFIEC Risk Assessment

Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee...more

10/2/2014 - Automatic Stay Consumer Bankruptcy Electronic Fund Transfer Act Risk Management

Defense Department Proposes Expansion of Military Lending Act Regulations

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a proposal to revise and significantly expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). The proposed revisions would limit interest charged to...more

9/30/2014 - Banks DOD Military Lending Act Nonbank Firms Proposed Amendments TILA

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