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Whistleblowers Must Have Independent Knowledge to Actually Blow the Whistle

To bring a valid qui tam action and overcome the so-called “public disclosure bar” under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), a whistleblower must have direct knowledge of the alleged fraudulent activity, independent of already...more

Want to Arbitrate Employee Disputes? Keep Your Paperwork!

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many companies continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate...more

Got Proof? Court Requires Proof Employees Signed Arbitration Agreement to Compel Arbitration

Arbitration agreements, and their use as a means to avoid class action disputes in particular, have been repeat news items in the last several years, and many employers continue to consider their use as a means to mitigate...more

CFPB Takes Its First Aim at Abusive Practices Under Dodd-Frank

Yesterday, the CFPB took the first step in enforcing the “abusive” standard under the Dodd-Frank Act’s prohibition of unfair, deceptive and abusive acts and practices (“UDAAP”) by filing a federal action against a Florida...more

Can "Mooting" a Class or Collective Action Be a Sound Defense Strategy?

Procedural rules that govern lawsuits in federal court permit defendants to make an “offer of judgment,” which is a mechanism allowing a defendant to offer to settle a lawsuit....more

FTC Releases 2012 Annual Report of Consumer Complaints

Consumer complaints are playing a big role in the federal government’s identification of and investigations into violations of consumer protection laws. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released its 2012 annual...more

Bank Sued Over “Unfair” and “Deceptive” Overdraft Fees

A large bank was sued in federal court in New York last week by a putative nationwide class alleging that the bank engaged in “unfair, deceptive, and unconscionable assessment and collection of excessive overdraft fees.”...more

Is Your Company Using the Right Form for Background Checks?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “Bureau”) has taken over rulemaking and enforcement responsibilities for the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and has updated an important FCRA form that employers must use when...more

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