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Members of Congress, consumer advocates file amicus briefs supporting CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

A group of 21 current and former members of Congress and a group of 10 consumer advocacy organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s petition filed with the D.C. Circuit seeking a rehearing of its decision...more

Causation Counts: Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Post-Spokeo

Early scorecards in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins all note high marks in the plaintiffs’ column, especially at the motion to dismiss stage. Emboldened by these decisions,...more

Keep Reading: Standing Affirmed, but Barnes & Noble Data Breach Class Action Halted

It was about time for data breach defendants to get a win. The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois delivered one to Barnes & Noble in its long-running class action that stems from a breach suffered in 2012....more

Facebook calls Illinois Biometric Law Unconstitutional

In the ongoing saga of Facebook’s challenge of the Illinois Biometric Law, it declared last week that the Illinois law violates the United State Constitution. According to Facebook’s Answer in a suit filed against it in...more

CFPB Seeks Rehearing of D.C. Circuit Panel Ruling in PHH: What Now?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) Friday filed a petition in the closely-watched PHH case, seeking to undo a ruling by a panel of judges for the D.C. Circuit Court that was highly critical of the Bureau’s...more

Will the CFPB issue a final arbitration rule before Jan. 20?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CFPB is pushing to finalize its arbitration rule before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President on January 20.  The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August...more

D.C. Circuit orders PHH to respond to CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc; invites response from Solicitor General

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order directing PHH Corporation to file a response to the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in CFPB v. PHH Corporation. The order, filed November 23, 2016, requires PHH to file its...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Individuals Have A Constitutional Right To Privacy In Their Home Addresses And Other...

Pennsylvania State Education Association v. Commonwealth, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 2337, 2016 WL 6087684, (Pa. Oct. 18, 2016) (“PSEA”). The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that individuals have a constitutional right to...more

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Obligations and Risks of Third-party Witnesses under Rule 2004 Examinations.

Two recent Bankruptcy Court cases both remind and illustrate the power and risks presented by discovery of facts and documents under Bankruptcy Rule 2004, showing that it can compel third parties to provide information to...more

Retroactive Tax Law Upheld, Circuit Court Jurisdiction Limited

Before 2014, Alabama sales tax applied only to the sale of prepaid calling cards or authorization numbers, pursuant to Ala. Code §40-23-1(a)(13). In 2014, the Alabama Legislature amended the above statute to “clarify” that it...more

Ohio Supreme Court Finds Quill Does Not Apply to the Commercial Activity Tax

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the Ohio Commercial Activity Tax is a business privilege tax and that the physical presence requirement articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Quill does not limit Ohio’s ability to...more

CFPB Structure Hangs In the Balance as Agency Petitions D.C. Circuit for Rehearing

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed on Nov. 18, 2016, a petition challenging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's ruling in PHH Corp., et al. v. Cons. Fin. Prot. Bureau, in which...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - November 2016

D.C. Circuit Delivers First Blow to CFPB, Trump Win Delivers Second - The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is up for grabs following a landmark Court of Appeals Decision, PHH Corporation v....more

Parens Patriae Standing Argument Scrambled (California Egg Producer Standard)

On November 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided the case of State of Missouri ex rel. Chris Koster, et al., v. Harris, in which it largely affirmed the lower court’s decision that the States of...more

More Than Zero: Under the Lanham Act, One Interstate Sale Qualifies as Actual Use of a Trademark in Commerce

In 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected shoe manufacturer Adidas’s application to trademark the phrase “ADIZERO,” due to a likelihood of confusion with an existing mark: “ADD A ZERO,” a clothing trademark held...more

Petition for writ of certiorari filed in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

Top Eight Guidelines to Litigate Employment Claims under Puerto Rico’s Unique Summary Proceeding

A litigation trap that can ensnare unwary employers who may be sued in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a piece of employment legislation that allows expedited proceedings: Law No. 2 of October 17, 1961 (“Law No. 2”), as...more

The Future is Now

More than a decade ago Steve Spielberg’s Minority Report contemplated a future in which facial recognition would be ubiquitously used for targeted advertising. Now, a California court will decide whether to dismiss a...more

Nevada Supreme Court Issues Important Opinions Concerning Nevada’s Minimum Wage

On October 27, 2016, the Nevada Supreme Court published two opinions that directly affect Nevada employers and workers. Both dealt with Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment (MWA), an amendment added to the Nevada Constitution in...more

USPTO Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Its Right to Deny “Offensive” Trademarks

I previously wrote about a Supreme Court case pitting the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) and Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act against the First Amendment, the Federal Circuit, the Slants and, lurking in the...more

ADD A ZERO v. ADIZERO

The long running trademark dispute between Adidas and a church in Illinois just had a decision handed down by a federal appeals court. Adidas thought it could outrun a church in Zion Illinois, but it appears that they...more

Kelo Gives a Reasonable and Long-Accepted Reading of the Fifth Amendment, but it Remains one of the Supreme Court’s Worst...

In 2005, the United States Supreme Court decided in Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005), that the Constitution allows the government to take private property through eminent domain for the purpose of “economic...more

Tentative Decision Favors Private Utility Company in Takeover Bid

One of the hot issues in eminent domain these days involves the government’s efforts to take over privately-run utility companies. The argument typically is that the government — which has no profit-making motive — can run...more

Ninth Circuit Considers Limits to DEA Access to Oregon PDMP

On November 7, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments in Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program v. United States DEA, No. 14-35402 (9th Cir. 2016). Here, the Drug Enforcement Administration...more

Recent Decisions Highlight Legal Risks Associated with Product Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Last month, plaintiffs in two product cybersecurity class actions were partially successful in surviving motions to dismiss, continuing the recent trend by plaintiffs and regulatory agencies to expand the pool of defendants...more

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