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Puff … Puff … Sue? Distinguishing an Aggressive Sales Pitch from an Actionable Misrepresentation

Everyone’s heard it before: “This is the best phone on the market!” “There’s no faster internet anywhere!” “Best looking car you’ll see on the road!” “X Co. has the greatest brains behind it!”...more

Case Halted: California Court Denies Class Certification in Ford Defective Steering Case

On December 22, 2016, a federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of California denied certification of three proposed classes of statewide consumers who purchased or leased certain Ford Fusion or Ford Focus...more

Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s...more

Ninth Circuit Lowers Hurdle for Class Certification

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to adopt “administrative feasibility” as an independent requirement for class certification. It held that Rule 23 does not require class counsel to show at the...more

LabMD’s 11th Circuit FTC Appeal: The Opening Shot

Firing the opening salvo in its appeal of one of the most controversial data security decisions by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in years, LabMD accused the agency of overstepping its authority and “destroy[ing] [the]...more

Middle District of Florida Defines Settlement Communications Allowed Under the FDCPA

On November 18, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that the communication of an unequivocal and non-coercive settlement offer does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

CFPB sues four pawnbrokers for alleged TILA and CFPA violations

The CFPB announced that it has sued four Virginia-based pawnbrokers in lawsuits filed in a Virginia federal district court for alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Act in...more

How Big Retailers Can Avoid Newest Wave of Deceptive Price Advertising Lawsuits

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last week announced the filing of four lawsuits against some of the largest retailers in the United States, accusing them of misleading customers by advertising a “sales price” alongside...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

Product Contamination: Strong Underwriting is Key

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act, regarded by many as a major reform of the food safety provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, significantly expanded the powers of the U.S. Food and Drug...more

SEC's Focus on Private Equity Firms Continues with Recent Action

A settled enforcement action, announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 14, 2016, continues the trend of increased SEC scrutiny of private equity advisers concerning the allocation and...more

Creditors and Debt Collectors Should Pay Close Attention to the CFPB’s Consent Order with Navy Federal Credit Union

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with Navy Federal Credit Union (Navy Federal) on October 11, 2016. While financial institutions should always analyze CFPB consent orders closely and...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Fines Aviva for Client Asset and Money Failings

The Financial Conduct Authority published the final notice issued to Aviva Pension Trustees UK Limited and Aviva Wrap UK Limited, fining the firms £8,246,800 for failing to have adequate controls and oversight arrangements to...more

Empty spaces causing big problems: the rise of slack-fill litigation

Last month, a district court judge in California dismissed a highly publicized lawsuit in which the plaintiff claimed that Starbucks’ iced beverages contained too much ice and not enough coffee. The suit was the subject of...more

Payment Processor Risk: Do You Know It When You See It? Red Flags for the Unwary

Recent litigation and enforcement activities of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or the “Bureau”) spotlight the heightened regulatory focus on payment intermediaries, i.e. processors, and their role as...more

Federal Court Serves Up Big Win for Email Marketers in Spam Lawsuit

A recent decision in Silverstein v Keynetics, Inc. et al, by a federal judge in the Northern District of California has provided a glimmer of hope to email marketers that the seemingly limitless reach of California’s...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #5

Editor's Note - Investment Advisers Breathe a Sigh of Relief. On Thursday, August 25, the federal district court in New Jersey ruled after a 26-day trial in favor of AXA Equitable Insurance Company and against the...more

Third Time’s the Charm? Court Rejects Parties’ Second Settlement Agreement for Failure to Provide Sufficient Value to Class...

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently considered and rejected—for the second time—a proposed class action settlement involving false advertising claims against a defendant jeans manufacturer. Hofmann v. Dutch, LLC,...more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action...more

Most Recent CFPB Supervisory Highlights Feature FCRA, LO Compensation and Debt Collection Issues

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s most recent supervisory highlights publication featured issues relating to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, loan originator compensation and in-person debt collection that should be on...more

Overdraft Service Program Costs Bank $10M in CFPB Fine

Overdraft services practices were the basis for a $10 million fine from the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) in a recent action against a national bank operating primarily in the northeast....more

New York A.G. Announces $100k Settlement Over Data Breach

On August 5, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Provision Supply, LLC d/b/a EZcontactsUSA.com, imposing $100,000 in penalties and ongoing obligations to maintain certain security...more

Well-Drafted Privacy Policy Saves the Day for GameStop

This Tuesday, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Minnesota federal district court’s dismissal of a website user’s lawsuit and prospective class action involving the privacy policy and information sharing practices...more

NYAG Announces Settlement with Synergy Fitness for Improper Billing

This week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced that it had settled with nine Synergy Fitness (“Synergy”) health clubs over alleged deceptive and improper billing practices. Specifically,...more

Switching Consumer Device to Ad-Supported Environment Is Not Deceptive under New York Law

If your company sells a smart device to a consumer, can it later turn the device into a paid advertising platform? Can it do so without advanced disclosure?  A recent court ruling suggests the answer is “yes,” at least in New...more

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