John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

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

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

No backseat for FTC in FDCPA enforcement

The FTC wants the debt collection industry to know that it does not intend to take a backseat to the CFPB when it comes to FDCPA enforcement. In announcing the release of its annual summary of debt collection activities, the...more

3/7/2014 - CFPB FDCPA FTC

Federal agencies launch new servicemember higher education complaint process

Servicemembers now have more channels for submitting complaints relating to their higher education. In addition to their ability to submit complaints about student loans via the CFPB’s complaint system, servicemembers using...more

1/31/2014 - CFPB Complaint Procedures DOJ FTC GI Bill Military Service Members Veterans

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

CFPB files amicus brief in another FDCPA case

Last month, the CFPB, jointly with the FTC, filed an amicus brief in Sykes v. Mel S. Harris and Associates LLC, a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case on appeal to the Second Circuit. This represents the third FDCPA case...more

12/3/2013 - CFPB Class Action Class Certification FDCPA FTC

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 files amicus brief in FCRA case

The CFPB recently filed its first amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. This brief, like the amicus brief the CFPB filed in August 2013 in the Seventh Circuit in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case,...more

10/10/2013 - CFPB Credit Reports FCRA FDCPA FTC

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

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case

A new amicus brief filing by the CFPB recently appeared on the CFPB’s amicus program webpage. On August 14, 2013, the CFPB, jointly with the FTC, filed an amicus brief in Delgado v. Capital Management Services, LP, et al., a...more

9/9/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Collectors Enforcement FDCPA FTC

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

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

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

FTC Continues To Target Debt Collectors and Debt Relief Companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s continuing focus on the debt collection and debt relief industries was clearly demonstrated by several recently announced lawsuits and settlements....more

2/11/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors Debt Settlement Services Debt-Relief Industry FDCPA FTC Section 5 Telemarketing Sales Rule

FTC Issues Debt Buying Industry Study

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report, The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry, which the FTC has described as “the first of its kind” empirical study of debt buyers. ...more

2/1/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Buyers Debt Collection FTC

FTC Retains Door-to-Door Sales Rule but Proposes Higher Exemption Amount

The Federal Trade Commission recently released its decision to retain its rule requiring disclosure of a buyer’s right to cancel door-to-door sales of consumer goods and services (Cooling-Off Rule)....more

12/28/2012 - Cooling-Off Rule Disclosure Requirements Door-to-Door Sales FTC

FTC Settles ‘History Sniffing’ Charges Against Online Advertising Network

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it entered into a settlement with Epic Marketplace, Inc., (Epic) an online advertising company, of charges that its "history sniffing" practices violated Section 5 of the...more

12/13/2012 - Behavioral Advertising Browser History Sniffing FTC

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