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Instapundit: America's IP Laws Need to be "Pruned Back"
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Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans
Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War
Buchheit: Cyprus Could Need a Second Bailout
Bill on Bankruptcy: Sigmund Freud, Marx Brothers, Bernie Madoff
Craft Beer Boom in Michigan
Law Prof: I May File Law School Ethics Charges
Monster Energy Drink Accused of Teen Death
A New World for Mortgage Banking – What You Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final Mortgage Servicing Rules
Beware of Notarios
What’s Next from the CFPB
Weekly Brief: Lawyers Laid Off After Foreclosure Settlement
Dean: There's No Oversupply of Lawyers
Jennifer Abril on The Story of Fragrances
Top 3 Concerns in Data Security
Weekly Brief: Will Congress Garnish Paychecks to Repay Student Loans?
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
In its Semiannual Report to Congress for the six month period ending March 31, 2013, the Federal Reserve Board’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) indicates that, during the next semiannual reporting period (which ends...more
Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's investigation into the alleged fraudulent practices of a debt relief company, the CFPB and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York announced the...more
Last week’s News Flash alerted readers that a second federal appellate court has now invalidated a NLRB recess appointment as incompatible with the meaning of the phrase, “the Recess of the Senate” in the Recess Appointment...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a true game changer on January 10, 2013, with its Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule (the “Final Rule” or the “Rule”). Some industry observers seem to...more
Earlier this year, an enterprise that sold criminal record reports via mobile apps agreed to settle FTC charges that it operated as a consumer reporting agency without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair...more
Today the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Standard Mutual v. Lay, 2013 IL 114617 (2013). Locklear brought a class action claim against Lay under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), which...more
Canada’s Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart today released a position paper which offers a roadmap for modernizing Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law, Personal Information Protection and Electronic...more
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On May 9, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) that describes its enforcement actions and other activities during 2012 with...more
A second circuit court ruling invalidating one of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board could provide additional ammunition to anyone inclined to challenge the validity of his choice to...more
May 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Under current intellectual property law, a consumer who unlocks his or her own cellphone can be convicted as a felon. Law professor and Instapundit founder Glenn Reynolds says such a scenario is...more
On April 12, 2013, the N.C. Supreme Court stepped into the ongoing dispute regarding the 7.2 percent rate increase sought by Duke Energy and approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) in January 2012. Duke...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a final rule clarifying the 2013 Escrows Final Rule issued by CFPB on January 10, 2013. The CFPB indicates that the clarifying and technical amendments to the...more
On May 10, 2013, Judge Thomas B. Russell of the Western District of Kentucky granted final approval of the $40 million settlement in In Re: Skechers Toning Shoe Products Liability Litigation, No. 3:11-md-02308, 2013 U.S....more
The CFPB announced earlier this week that it has established a “framework” with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) for coordination among the CFPB and state regulators on supervision and enforcement matters....more
On May 14, the FTC released a letter it sent to the CFPB’s assistant directors for fair lending and supervision examinations describing activities related to the FTC’s administration and enforcement of the regulations...more
In this issue:
- Table Of Contents
- Table Of Authorities
- I. Introduction.
- II. Texas Citizens Participation Act: What is it?
- A. Background and Enactment of the TCPA.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently considered “the issue of whether class representatives and class counsel are adequate where the settlement agreement conditions payment of incentive awards on...more
The CFPB amends its Escrow Requirements Under the Truth in Lending Act Rule -
On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the "CFPB") adopted clarifying and technical amendments to its Escrow...more
NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, has just taken a step towards easing consumer payments via mobile devices. The Council for Electronic Billing and Payment, a subsection of NACHA, released its 'Quick Response...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has enacted a new rule that will prohibit the inclusion of mandatory arbitration provisions and waivers of federal statutory causes of action in consumer mortgage and home equity loan...more
One of the most intriguing aspects of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the agency's novel power not only to assess civil penalties against those entities that violate its rules and federal consumer laws, but...more
In a recently released decision from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, et al., Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., granted in part and denied in part cross motions for...more
In the latest move in its ongoing mandate to safeguard consumers from dangerous toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued notice of six retailers who have recalled high-powered magnets sold under the...more
Regulations in Poland relating to entities providing services electronically (meaning practically all entities running Internet websites) have been amended. These changes derive from the new provisions of the EU law, in...more
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