Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

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Sixth Circuit Denies Arbitration in TCPA Class Action for Calls to Past Customers

Phone calls made by a lawn care company after the termination of a customer's contract were beyond the scope of the parties' agreement to arbitrate any claim "arising from or relating to" their contract, the U.S. Court of...more

2/22/2017 - Arbitration ATDS Auto-Dialed Calls Class Action Consumer Contracts Contract Terms Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA

Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

2/17/2017 - Attorney's Fees CFPB Class Action Class Certification Class Members Rule 23 Senate Judiciary Committee

Director Cordray responds to questions on proposed arbitration rule

Director Cordray has sent a letter to Senator Jeff Flake responding to a series of questions posed by the Senator on the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August 22, 2016. ...more

2/10/2017 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Attorney's Fees CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Congressional Review Act Consumer Contracts Court Nullification Dodd-Frank Federal Arbitration Act Richard Cordray

Ninth Circuit: In-Box Arbitration Clause Not a Binding Contract

Adding more complexity to the issue of arbitration contract formation, the Ninth Circuit has rejected Samsung's attempt to compel individual arbitration of fraud claims asserted by plaintiffs in two class actions. Ruling in...more

1/25/2017 - Arbitration Cell Phones Class Action Consent Contract Terms Fraud Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Mobile Devices Motion to Compel Opt-Outs Samsung Smartphones Warranties Wireless Devices Wireless Industry Wireless Technology

CFPB representatives to be featured at 22nd Annual PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute

The 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, sponsored by the Practising Law Institute, will take place on March 27-28, 2017 in New York City (and by live webcast and groupcast in Atlanta; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,...more

1/24/2017 - Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Data Privacy Data Security Debt Collection Enforcement Actions Fair Lending FCRA Mortgages Regulatory Oversight TCPA Trump Administration

Data Breach Class Action Reinstated Against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a district court's dismissal of a data breach class action filed against Horizon Healthcare Services Inc., in the wake of the 2013 theft of two computer laptops...more

1/24/2017 - Appeals Article III Class Action Data Breach Electronic Medical Records FCRA Health Care Providers Healthcare HIPAA HIPAA Breach Injury-in-Fact Laptop Computers Personally Identifiable Information PHI Standing

Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide an important issue that has deeply divided the Courts of Appeals—are arbitration provisions in employment agreements that waive an employee's right to bring or participate in class...more

1/16/2017 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Case Consolidation Certiorari Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions Employment Contract Federal Arbitration Act NLRA SCOTUS Section 7

Ninth Circuit Rejects Implied "Ascertainability" Requirement for Class Certification

Deepening an already-existing circuit split, the Ninth Circuit has held that class certification is appropriate even if plaintiff has not shown that identifying class members is "administratively feasible." Expressly...more

1/10/2017 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Class Certification ConAgra False Advertising Food Labeling Natural Products Rule 23

Non-profit group files FOIA action against CFPB for access to arbitration rule records

The Cause of Action Institute has filed an action against the CFPB under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information related to the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. In its complaint filed in D.C. federal...more

12/16/2016 - Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Financial Services Industry FOIA

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

11/29/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Congressional Review Act Constitutional Challenges Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Final Rules Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Payday Loans PHH Corp. v CFPB SBREFA Service Contracts Title Loans Trump Administration

FTC seeks information on class action claims rates

The FTC has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on their procedures for...more

11/18/2016 - Arbitration Class Action Financial Sector FTC Notifications Settlement

FTC Seeks Information on Class Action Claims Rates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that to study the effectiveness of various class action settlement notice programs, it has issued orders to eight claims administrators requiring them to provide information on...more

11/18/2016 - Arbitration CFPB Class Action Financial Sector FTC Notifications Request For Information Settlement

Bi-partisan Congressmen seek arbitration safe harbor allowing class action waivers

Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and Democratic Congressman W. Lacy Clay, the Subcommittee’s Ranking...more

9/16/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Legislative Committees Safe Harbors Service Contracts

Second Circuit: Placing Order Online Did Not Bind Customer to Amazon’s Arbitration Provision

In an important decision underscoring the challenges faced by retailers and others in enforcing online arbitration agreements with their customers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a district...more

8/30/2016 - Amazon Marketplace Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Browsewrap Agreement Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Clickwrap Agreements Corporate Counsel E-Commerce Internet Retailers Retail Market Terms and Conditions Websites

Ninth Circuit Sides with NLRB in Divide over Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced this week that it agrees with the National Labor Relations Board that individual arbitration waiver agreements, which prevent employees from filing or participating in...more

8/26/2016 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions Ernst & Young Federal Arbitration Act Mandatory Arbitration Clauses NLRA NLRB Protected Concerted Activity Section 7

Trade groups comment on CFPB arbitration proposal

The American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable (Associations) have filed a joint letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed rule regulating consumer arbitration...more

8/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Service Contracts

Pew’s issue brief in support of the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule: a flawed presentation

The Pew Charitable Trusts has released an issue brief, “Consumers Want the Right to Resolve Bank Disputes in Court,” in which it urges the CFPB to “expeditiously finalize” its proposed arbitration rule. The CFPB’s proposal...more

8/19/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Banking Sector Banks CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Dodd-Frank Financial Services Industry Pew Foundation

Democratic lawmakers urge adoption of CFPB arbitration proposal

A total of 102 Democratic lawmakers, consisting of 37 Democratic Senators joined by Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and 65 House members, have signed on to letters sent to Director Cordray expressing support for the CFPB’s...more

8/5/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Comment Period Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Arbitrator, Not Court, Decides If Arbitration Agreement Allows Class Arbitration, California Supreme Court Rules

A divided California Supreme Court has held that an arbitrator, rather than a court, should determine whether an arbitration clause in an employment agreement allows employees to bring their claims in arbitration on a...more

8/4/2016 - Appeals Arbitration CA Supreme Court Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Employment Discrimination Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Race Discrimination

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

6/20/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Department of Education Federal Arbitration Act Higher Education Act Student Loans Title IV

Contractor's Use of AG Letterhead Not a Violation of FDCPA, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it used the Attorney...more

5/24/2016 - Attorney Generals Class Action FDCPA SCOTUS Sheriff v. Gillie

High Praise for WSJ Editorial, with a Small Caveat

A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal is a “must read” for those who will be affected if the CFPB’s May 5, 2016 proposed rule banning class action waivers in consumer financial services arbitration agreements becomes...more

5/23/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Financial Sector Financial Services Industry Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Service Contracts Wall Street Journal

"Real" Harm Required To Recover Statutory Damages, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

In a long-anticipated and significant decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 6-2 that a plaintiff alleging a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) does not have standing under Article III of the U.S....more

5/18/2016 - Article III Class Action FCRA Injury-in-Fact SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

CFPB Issues Proposed Regulations To Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Consumer Arbitration Agreements

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that it is proposing regulations that would prohibit covered providers of certain consumer financial products...more

5/6/2016 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Consumer Contracts Dodd-Frank Federal Arbitration Act Financial Services Industry Service Contracts

Chamber of Commerce suggests issues for CFPB to address at May 5 arbitration field hearing

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has sent a letter to Director Cordray suggesting a series of issues for Mr. Cordray to address in his prepared remarks at the CFPB’s field hearing on...more

5/3/2016 - American Arbitration Association Arbitration Capital Markets CFPB Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Financial Services Industry Richard Cordray SBREFA Service Contracts

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