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FCRA Class Plaintiff Lacked Injury Needed for Standing Under Spokeo, 4th Circuit Holds

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An $11.7 million judgment awarded against credit reporting company Experian in a 69,000-member class action brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was vacated by the Fourth Circuit in Dreher v. Experian...more

The ABCs of Statutory Consumer Protection Liability

The number of consumer claims filed since the Great Recession has skyrocketed. These claims include alleged violations of an “alphabet soup” of federal and state consumer protection statutes. These statutes allow prevailing...more

Class Action Quarterly Update - Winter 2017

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) cases have continued to dominate class action filings over the past quarter. Second in volume to TCPA cases are those alleging claims of false advertising. These cases are heavily...more

Fourth Circuit Vacates $12M FCRA Class Action Judgment Against Experian

On May 11, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a $12 million judgment against Experian Information Solutions, Inc. (“Experian”) in a class action against the credit reporting bureau alleging violations of the...more

Standing hurdles continue to bedevil data breach plaintiffs

Plaintiffs presenting a claim in federal court must have standing to sue, under Article III of the Constitution (as we have written about in the past). The Second Circuit recently entered an order reminding plaintiffs,...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2017

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Southern District of California Denies Certification of Wrong Number TCPA Class - On March 28, 2017, the Southern District of California denied class certification in a case arising under the TCPA. Plaintiff alleged that...more

Closing the Door on Hybrid Product Defect/Fraud Claims

On April 13, 2017, in Azoulai v. BMW of N. Am. LLC (Case No. 16-cv-00589), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed consumer fraud class action against BMW of North America LLC...more

CFPB weighs in on Eighth Circuit’s competent attorney standard, standing to bring FDCPA claim

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The CFPB recently submitted an amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit, arguing that a debt collector cannot avoid liability under the FDCPA when it falsely represents the amount of a debt to a consumer’s attorney, rather than to...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

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PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

Blood in the Water: Courts Evaluate Standing in Three Recent TCCWNA Class Actions

The rising tide of class actions alleging violations of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”) has been a cause of concern for companies advertising and selling to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017

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Editor's Note - A New Argument for Financial Regulatory Reform. Over the past several weeks, there has been a steady stream of pessimistic views on the prospects for meaningful financial regulatory reform. Senate Banking...more

DOJ seeks leave to participate in PHH en banc rehearing oral argument

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The Department of Justice, with the consent of PHH and the CFPB, has filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit requesting ten minutes of argument time in the oral argument to be held on May 24, 2017 in the rehearing en...more

PHH v. CFPB: CFPB Not Dodging Constitutionality Questions

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Friday March 31st marked the deadline for CFPB to file its brief in response to PHH in the en banc hearing. In granting en banc review, the court sought guidance from the parties on 3 specific questions. Here's a quick...more

CFPB Says Individual Liberty is Not a Relevant Consideration in the Constitutional Analysis of its Structure

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On March 31, the CFPB and supporting amici submitted their briefs in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the PHH case in which the D.C. Circuit is grappling with four critical issues: (i)...more

Consumer advocacy groups, members of congress, and legal scholars file amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s constitutionality

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Several individuals and organizations filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB in the en banc rehearing in the PHH case. Among the amici is a brief filed by current and former members of Congress, including Chris Dodd and...more

$1.90 Can’t Buy You an FDCPA Violation

A consumer who sued a debt collector over an inaccurate statement as to the amount of a settlement offer recently saw his complaint dismissed for lack of standing. In Allgire v. HOVG, LLC, the plaintiff was contacted...more

2nd Circuit hears data breach argument: Is fear of harm sufficient for Article III standing?

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The 2nd Circuit recently heard oral argument in Whalen v. Michael Stores, Inc., No. 16-260, a data breach case involving credit card data. Whether or not the 2nd Circuit follows the 7th Circuit’s lead (established in the...more

Spokeo and the TCPA: Mere Receipt of Fax with Non-Compliant Opt-Out Notice is Not “Concrete Injury”

In ARcare v. Qiagen N. Am. Holdings, Inc., No. CV 16-7638 PA (ASX), 2017 WL 449173, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 19, 2017), the district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA class action, finding that the simple...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

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In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

United States Seeks 'At Will' Removal of CFPB Director

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Trump's Preferred Method of Scaling Back Consumer Financial Regulation is Appointment of New CFPB Director - As expected, the United States on Friday filed an amicus brief in PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - March 2017

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A Flawed Class Definition – Court Grants Defendant's Motion to Strike Consumer's Proposed Class - Cholly v. The Uptain Group., et al, 1:15-cv-05030 - In Cholly v. The Uptain Group Inc., et al, the defendant debt...more

Trump’s DOJ supports striking Cordray’s removable-only-for-cause protection from Dodd-Frank

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The DOJ submitted its amicus brief in the PHH case on Friday, March 17.  We have blogged extensively about this case since its inception. Unsurprisingly, the Trump DOJ supports striking from Dodd-Frank the...more

Post-Spokeo, Michigan’s VRPA Still a Thorn in the Side of Magazine Sellers

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court held that alleged violators of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (the “VRPA”) cannot seek shelter under the United States Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins ruling. The Court also...more

Three Things You Missed Since CFPB Received En Banc Hearing in PHH Case

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All eyes are on the future of the CFPB as it fights for its existence in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals through the matter, PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On February 16, the D.C. Circuit agreed...more

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