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Can You Keep Up? Emergence of CFPB and Significant Developments Transform Consumer Finance Landscape

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress passed significant financial system reform legislation, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created a new regulator of financial institutions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

BakerHostetler 2013 Year-End Review of Class Actions (and what to expect in 2014)

I. Introduction - Library shelves will someday swell with history books about the U.S. Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts. No doubt sensational cases about corporate speech, national...more

CFPB Report Targets Arbitration Clauses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) is a new federal agency responsible for regulating consumer financial products and services. On December 12, 2013, the CFPB released a report on the use of arbitration...more

All Consuming - Legal Updates for Consumer Finance Professionals (December 2013)

Welcome to the first issue of All Consuming. The Consumer Finance Practice Group will periodically distribute an issue of All Consuming to advise its clients and colleagues of litigation and regulatory developments affecting...more

In Case You Missed It - Three Cases Impact W.Va. Consumer Finance Law

Confirmation of the W.Va. Attorney General's Authority to Hire Private Counsel on Behalf of the State - For more than a decade, the circuit courts in West Virginia have wrestled with the issue of whether the State...more

California Courts Rule for and against Arbitration

Two recent Ninth Circuit opinions and a California Supreme Court ruling demonstrate that the debate over the enforceability of consumer arbitration provisions is far from over. With the U.S. Supreme Court weighing whether to...more

Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts

A presentation examining Best Practices for Choosing and Using Experts....more

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

Eastern District Of Kentucky Holds Plaintiff Must Arbitrate TCPA Claims Based On Calls Seeking Debt From Third Party

Whaley v. T-Mobile, USA, Inc., No. 13-31-DLB-JGW, 2013 WL 5155342 (E.D. Ky. Sept. 12, 2013) - Plaintiff opened a cell phone account with Defendant. Terms and conditions of the account included an arbitration provision...more

Supreme Court's American Express Decision Impacts Businesses Seeking to Avoid Being Sued in a Class Action

Businesses often use arbitration agreements as a tool to lessen the burden and cost of future litigation. On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court released its opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, which...more

Arbitrating TCPA Claims: Perhaps the Next Big Thing

A recent decision in California should put a smile on the faces of those who routinely include mandatory arbitration clauses in their commercial contracts with customers, and should put an idea into the minds of those who...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in American Express Case Upholds Class Action Arbitration Waivers

On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, by a 5-to-3 margin, that a group of merchants was bound by an arbitration agreement that prohibits them from bringing class action claims against American Express, even if the...more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 20, 2013

In this issue: - Florida Settlement Tightens Up Face Lift Advertising - Chairwoman Ramirez Names FTC Veteran as New Consumer Protection Bureau Director - Artisanal Labeling: Grounds for a Lovingly Crafted...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Invalidates Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Provision

Addressing an important issue that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the next few weeks, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has held that a court may invalidate an arbitration agreement that contains a class...more

Massachusetts Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Because Plaintiffs Could Not Effectively Pursue Small Value Claims

As we were waiting for SCOTUS’s decision in AmEx, we got a decision on vindicating statutory rights from a different high court: the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. ...more

Florida Supreme Court Makes Clear That Concepcion Is Valid And Binding In Florida

In light of the Florida Supreme Court’s recent ruling in McKenzie Check Advance of Florida, LLC v. Betts, 38 Fla. L. Weekly S223, 2013 WL 1457843 (Fla. April 11, 2013), it is now clear that Concepcion applies to class action...more

DOJ Message To SCOTUS: Do Not Enforce Arbitration Agreements That Invalidate Federal Statutory Rights

On January 29, the U.S. Dept. of Justice filed an amicus brief supporting respondents in AmEx III, arguing that to enforce the class arbitration waiver would be to create a large loophole for important federal laws. The...more

Arbitration Clauses Are Enforceable Despite Waiver Of Classwide Arbitration Rights

Israel Flores and Andrea Naasz sued West Covina Toyota (WCT) and Toyota Motor Sales for selling them a “lemon,” alleging both individual and class action claims, including claims for violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies...more

Some Class-Action Waiver Clauses Continue to be Held Unenforceable, Even After Concepcion

In a decision dated January 7, 2013, the California Court of Appeal invalidated a mandatory arbitration and class action waiver clause in an automobile sales contract, ruling that the arbitration clause was unconscionable and...more

Supreme Court to Address Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers Yet Again

On Friday, November 9, 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in American Express Company vs. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12-133 to address the following question: “Whether the Federal Arbitration Act permits courts,...more

Second Circuit Holds Email Notice of Arbitration Agreement Insufficient

On September 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that three plaintiff consumers were not bound to arbitrate certain claims related to their purchase of a discount club membership because email notice of...more

Ninth Circuit Panel Withdraws Opinion Holding That Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Prohibits Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Consumer...

California is a difficult jurisdiction for sellers of consumer products, due in part to the pro-consumer Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, which expands the consumer rights codified in the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act...more

Second Circuit (Again) Rules that Arbitration Clauses that Diminish Vindication of Federal Claims are Not Enforceable

This article by Victoria Holstein-Childress discusses mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals' February 2012 decision in In re American...more

GMA Condo Alert! (Winter 2012 edition)

Now that "the winter that never was" is finally over, we can safely reveal the Winter 2012 edition of our newsletter, featuring the Top 10 Condo Law Cases of 2011. Those of you contemplating a lawsuit or already up to your...more

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