Christine Scheuneman

Christine Scheuneman

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Arbitration Provisions Mauled by Consumer Watchdog

Companies offering payment services or financial products to consumers are facing a proposed rule from the CFPB that would prohibit class action waivers in binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Although the information...more

5/21/2016 - Arbitration Agreements CFPB Class Action Arbitration Waivers Comment Period Consumer Financial Products Dodd-Frank Pre-Dispute Arbitration Proposed Regulation UDAAP

FinCEN Targets “All Cash” Real Estate Deals in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), as part of its continued efforts to combat money laundering, issued its first Geographic...more

1/18/2016 - Bank Secrecy Act Cash Transactions FinCEN GTO Real Estate Transactions Recordkeeping Requirements Reporting Requirements Title Insurance

The Label on Your "Handmade" Whiskey Is Causing More Problems Than You Think

The recent market for artisanal and handcrafted goods has spawned a spate of consumer class actions against makers of popular liquors, including Tito’s Vodka, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam, for using terms like “handmade,”...more

6/18/2015 - Class Action Labeling Safe Harbors Wine & Alcohol

CFPB's Arbitration Study—A Warning to Consumer Financial Service Companies

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its “Arbitration Study Preliminary Results,” mandated by Section 1028(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Study”). Unfortunately (and despite its statements...more

1/10/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Arbitration Banking Sector CFPB Consumer Financial Products Credit Cards Dispute Resolution Dodd-Frank Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Financial Markets Financial Regulatory Reform

New York AG Takes a Swipe at Payroll Cards

Employers and employees are increasingly turning to payroll cards, rather than paper paychecks, to pay and receive their payrolls. However, a class action was filed recently in Pennsylvania challenging certain practices and...more

7/18/2013 - Attorney Generals Class Action Passwords Payroll Cards Payroll Records

Supreme Court: Class Action Waiver Trumps Federal Statutory Right

Continuing its string of recent pro-arbitration decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision enforcing class action waivers in arbitration agreements, even where the plaintiff’s cost of proceeding on an individual...more

7/2/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

Ninth Circuit: Injunctive Relief Claims Relating Only to Past Harms to a Limited Class Are Not Exempt From Arbitration

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision favoring arbitration clauses in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Kilgore v. KeyBank, N.A. that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

4/25/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Federal Arbitration Act Injunctions Preemption Student Loans Unfair Competition

High Court Agrees Class Rep’s Stipulation Doesn’t Bar Federal Jurisdiction

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, resolved the debate between the plaintiffs’ bar and defense bar regarding whether a class representative’s stipulation that damages would not exceed $5...more

4/1/2013 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Class Certification Damages Jurisdiction SCOTUS

New Law Eliminates ATM Fee Decal Requirement On or At ATM Equipment

On December 20, 2012, President Obama signed into law H.R. 4367, eliminating the requirement that ATM operators post notice of a service fee on or at their ATM equipment, while retaining the requirement that a notice be...more

1/16/2013 - ATMs Fee Disclosure

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