Alan S. Kaplinsky

Alan S. Kaplinsky

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

6/23/2014 - Credit Reports CROA FTC Settlement

FTC Announces Consent Order with Subprime Auto Lender for Alleged Violations of FDCPA, FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a consent order with a subprime auto lender for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair...more

6/3/2014 - Automotive Loans FCRA FDCPA FTC UDAAP

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

4/11/2014 - Credit Reports Data Brokers Data Protection FCRA FTC

Tribal Affiliation Not a Bar to FTC Authority

In an enforcement action alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and other federal laws by tribally affiliated entities that operated an Internet payday lending operation, a Nevada federal court...more

3/25/2014 - FTC Jurisdiction Payday Loans Tribal Loans

FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

3/18/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks EEOC FCRA FTC

FTC Continues Aggressive FCRA Enforcement against Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission continues to aggressively enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against data brokers, as shown by its recent settlement with TeleCheck Services, Inc. The settlement requires TeleCheck to...more

1/24/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Data Brokers Data Protection Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCRA FTC Personally Identifiable Information

FTC Settles Nine Auto Dealer Deceptive Advertising Cases

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it had entered into proposed consent orders with nine auto dealers in six states that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

1/15/2014 - Advertising Car Dealerships CLA False Advertising FTC Regulation M Regulation Z TILA

FTC Settles First FCRA Risk-Based Pricing Notice Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the settlement of its first enforcement action for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) risk-based pricing rule (Rule). The settlement demonstrates that...more

12/24/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCRA FTC Risk-Based Approaches

FTC Emphasizes 'Aggressive Enforcement' and 'Vigorous Education' on Military Consumer Protection Issues

Charles A. Harwood, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission, testified before a U.S. Senate committee last week about military consumer protection issues. Deputy Director Harwood's...more

11/27/2013 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System FTC Military Service Members Predatory Lending Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB responds to letter from Senators raising concerns about auto fair lending guidance

The CFPB has responded to the October 30 letter it received from a bipartisan group of 22 U.S. Senators raising concerns about the fair lending auto finance bulletin issued by the CFPB this past March. The Senators’ letter...more

11/5/2013 - Automotive Loans CFPB Fair Lending Federal Reserve FTC Richard Cordray

Consumer groups urge more scrutiny of banks and other payment processors and ban on remotely created checks

Thirty groups have written to the CFPB, FTC, Department of Justice and federal banking regulators urging them “to closely monitor the payment processing procedures and compliance safeguards in place” at the payment processors...more

10/30/2013 - Banks CFPB DOJ Enforcement FTC Payment Processors

FTC Settles First Case Challenging Debt Collector’s Use of Text Messages

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled a case representing its first action challenging a debt collector’s use of text messages. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the defendant debt...more

10/4/2013 - Debt Collection FDCPA FTC TCPA Texting

FTC files amicus challenging arbitration provision

As industry and consumers await the results of the CFPB’s arbitration study, the FTC became the latest federal agency to weigh in on consumer arbitration issues. Recently, at the invitation of the Seventh Circuit, the FTC...more

10/3/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements FTC Payday Loans Tribal Lands

FTC Settles Deceptive Advertising Claims against Two Auto Dealers

The Federal Trade Commission recently accepted agreements containing proposed consent orders from two car dealers who were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

9/4/2013 - Automotive Industry Car Dealerships False Advertising FTC

Senate hearing on debt industry focuses on documentation and medical debts

Collection documentation and medical debts proved to be the focus of much of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the debt industry. The witnesses were Corey Stone, CFPB Assistant Director, Office of Deposits,...more

7/19/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Collection Documentation FDCPA FTC Medical Expenses TILA UDAAP

FTC Enforcement Action against Debt Collector Ends in Record Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it entered into a record settlement with “the world’s largest debt collection operation” demonstrates that it intends to continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair...more

7/16/2013 - Compliance Debt Collectors Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FDCPA FTC Settlement

Report by consumer group attacks debt collection industry

It’s not necessary to read more than the cover page to know that the debt collection industry does not fare well in the report issued this week by the New Economy Project (NEP). The cover page reads: “The Debt Collection...more

6/14/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Default Judgment FTC Proposed Legislation Required Documentation

FTC Charges Payment Processor with ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission recently brought an enforcement action against a company that processed credit card payments for the operator of an alleged debt relief telemarketing scam. This action serves as a reminder to...more

6/11/2013 - Amended Complaints Credit Cards Debt-Relief Industry Enforcement FDIC FTC Scams Telemarketing Telemarketing Sales Rule

FTC Proposes Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Checks, Cash-to-Cash Money Transfers, and Similar Payment Methods

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that would prohibit sellers and telemarketers from accepting or requesting remotely created checks or payment orders, cash-to-cash money...more

5/24/2013 - Do Not Call List Fraud FTC Money Transfer Payment Methods Payment Processors RCCs RCPOs Telemarketing Telemarketing Sales Rule

Florida Federal Court Rejects FCC Ruling on Autodialed Collection Calls to Cell Phones

A Florida federal court has rejected the Federal Communication Commission's 2008 ruling that by providing a wireless number to a creditor on a credit application, a consumer has given "prior express consent" as required by...more

5/14/2013 - Cell Phones Damages FTC Penalties TCPA Telecommunications Vicarious Liability

CFPB/FTC target debt collection data in June 6 roundtable

The CFPB and FTC have announced that they will co-host a roundtable on June 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C. to examine the flow of consumer data throughout the debt collection process. Titled “Life of a Debt: Data Integrity in...more

5/6/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection FTC Roundtable

FTC Sends FCRA Warning to Providers of Rental Histories

The Federal Trade Commission continues to keep Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) enforcement at the forefront of its activities, as shown by its recent warnings to operators of six websites that provide information about...more

4/11/2013 - Consumer Reports FCRA FTC Landlords Tenants Warning Letters Websites

CFPB Issues Second Annual Report on FDCPA Activities

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s second annual report to Congress on enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) confirms that debt collection will continue to be a major CFPB focus in 2013....more

3/27/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Dodd-Frank FDCPA FTC

Auto dealer trade groups question CFPB guidance

It seems two major auto dealer trade groups share my doubts about whether the CFPB’s position on dealer rate participation will really help car buyers. In a statement responding to CFPB Bulletin 2013-02, the National...more

3/25/2013 - Car Dealerships CFPB Financing FTC

FTC Issues Report on Mobile Payments

The Staff Report on mobile payments recently issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) focuses on areas of concern discussed at the FTC’s April 2012 workshop. The report does not break much new ground, but it does...more

3/18/2013 - Data Protection FTC Mobile Devices Mobile Payments

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