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Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Retailer’s Credit Card Upgrade Program Did Not Violate TILA

On March 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a retailer’s credit card upgrade program that replaced existing customers’ limited use store charge cards with unsolicited general use credit cards did...more

Illinois AG files lawsuit asserting Dodd-Frank UDAAP enforcement authority

In what appears to be the first lawsuit by a state attorney general of its kind, the Illinois AG recently filed a state court lawsuit against a small loan lender alleging violations of the Dodd-Frank prohibition of unfair,...more

Nevada Federal Court Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Tribal Payday Lending Businesses

On March 19, the FTC reported that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada held that the FTC Act “grants the FTC authority to regulate arms of Indian tribes, their employees, and their contractors,” including...more

Fidelity Mortgage Consent Order Sends Strong Message the CFPB Will Enforce Laws, No Matter Size of Violator

On January 16, 2014, the CFPB issued a Consent Order resolving a claim that Fidelity Mortgage Corporation (Fidelity), a mortgage lender, and its president, Mark Figert, violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #37

We are pleased to present the 37th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent developments concerning securities fraud liability against law firms and other...more

First Enforcement Action of "Operation Choke Point"

In a move that has since stirred up controversy on Capitol Hill, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in January filed an enforcement action and entered into a consent order with Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company, a...more

Developers Beware: Consumer Protection Procedures Act Strikes Again in D.C.

A recent court decision emphasizes the need for real estate developers to proceed with caution when making representations to potential home buyers in the District of Columbia, as well as in other jurisdictions with similar...more

Overstock Case Could Alter the Landscape of Price Comparison Advertising

A California court ruled earlier this month that Overstock must pay a roughly $6.8 million penalty to settle claims that the retailer “routinely and systematically” made false and misleading claims about the prices of its...more

FERC Enforcement Chief Norman Bay Testifies Regarding FERC’s Energy Market Oversight and Enforcement Authority and Approach

On January 15, 2014, Norman C. Bay, Director of the Office of Enforcement (OE) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), testified before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Financial...more

CFPB settles RESPA referral fee charges against mortgage lender based on rent payments

The CFPB has announced that it has issued a Consent Order to settle charges that a mortgage lender and its principal violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to a bank in exchange for mortgage loan referrals....more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 13, 2014

European Parliament Committee Publishes Opinion on Money Laundering Directive 4 - On January 7, the European Parliament published an opinion, written by its Committee on Legal Affairs (or JURI) relating to the...more

Editorial: Who’s The Fairest Lender Of Them All? As Government Scrutiny Intensifies, Don’t Get Snowed Under By Fair-Lending Laws

In the past few years, the federal government has devoted substantial resources to scrutinizing and litigating what it perceives to be unfair, deceptive or abusive mortgage-lending practices. Looking forward, all indications...more

CFPB Enforcement Uses UDAAP to Put Focus on State Law Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) has put state law compliance front and center in a case filed in federal court against an online payday lender, related companies, and their principal for...more

Case Study of a CFPB Enforcement Action: In re JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and Chase Bank USA, N.A.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Chase Bank USA, N.A. (collectively, the Bank), pursuant to 12 U.S.C. §§ 5563 and 5565 with regard to their...more

Recent Trends in Class Action and Aggregate Litigation in the Life Sciences Industry

Introduction - For the last several years, the life sciences industry has been fertile ground for class action and aggregate litigation. Developments in this area have driven several trends, including state consumer...more

23andMe Named in Class Action Lawsuit

Things are getting worse for genetic diagnostics company 23andMe. On the heels of receiving a Warning Letter from the FDA over its Personal Genomic Services (PGS) test (see "FDA Threatens Agency Action Against 23andMe Over...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action Against Payday Lender

The CFPB announced its first public enforcement action against a payday lender—a consent order alleging, among other things, unfair and deceptive acts or practices in connection with affidavits. According to the consent...more

CFPB Settles with Mortgage Insurance Company for Violations of RESPA

The CFPB announced it had entered into a consent order with a mortgage insurance company following the CFPB’s filing of a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the company...more

JPMorgan Finalizes $13 Billion Settlement With Department of Justice

On November 19, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $13 billion to settle a number of federal and state RMBS-related civil claims against JPMorgan and two institutions that...more

Court Certifies TILA Class Action Lead by Familiar Plaintiff/Counsel Team

A New York Federal court has certified a class action against Ann Taylor LOFT for violations of the Truth in Lending Act (see Opinion & Order in Kelen v. World Financial Network National Bank, Case No. 12-CIV-5024). ...more

Indiana Supreme Court Determines “Sporty Car at a Great Value Price” Does Not Mean “It is Safe to Operate”

This week's discussion focuses on the puffery defense and the Indiana Supreme Court's partial reversal in the case of Kesling v. Hubler Nissan, Inc. thereby finding that "Sporty Car at a Great Value Price" was mere puffery...more

Conflict Reigns in Food Court: Court Allows “Unlawful Prong” UCL Claims to Survive Without Allegations of Reliance in Cases...

Judges in the Northern District of California can’t agree on what is required to state a claim under the “unlawful prong” of California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL). Judge Orrick’s recent decisions in a pair of food...more

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