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FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

by Hogan Lovells on

Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

Federal court upholds FTC opinion applying TSR robocall consent requirement to calls made using soundboard technology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A D.C. federal district court has rejected a trade group’s attempt to invalidate a November 2016 FTC opinion in which the agency concluded that outbound telemarketing calls made using soundboard technology are subject to the...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

FTC Enters $53 Million Settlement With Prepaid Debit Card Provider

by Goodwin on

On March 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to settle charges with a prepaid debit card provider for $53 million in monetary relief applied to balances and fees in customers’ accounts....more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

by Hogan Lovells on

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

by Goodwin on

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

Bank Must Pay Federal Reserve Almost $1M

A Pennsylvania bank reached a deal with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System over Board-alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, agreeing to pay an almost $1 million civil penalty....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox have fulfilled a mission derailed five years ago by a UK phone hacking scandal and have taken full control of British satellite TV giant Sky. Fox paid just shy of $15 billion to acquire the...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Individual Who Operated Payday Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $1.3 billion judgment against the individual operator of several payday lenders and related servicing and marketing companies in a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal district...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

CFPB and California DBO Settle with Online Lender Over Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On September 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with an online lender, after a joint investigation with the California Department of Business Oversight...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

CFPB to Participate in FTC Workshop on Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 15th, the FTC will hold a workshop to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The FTC’s workshop...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

by Bryan Cave on

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the second 2016 edition of Class Action Roundup! The first quarter of the year witnessed a few key Supreme Court decisions, even with the passing of Justice Scalia, and several settlement cases decided. The issue...more

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

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