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Judge Koh Issues First Blow to “Added Sugars” Plaintiffs

The Big Picture: On Tuesday, Judge Koh granted Kellogg’s Motion to Dismiss in its entirety in Hadley v. Kellogg Sales Company, No. 5:16-cv-04955-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Hadley is one of three cases against well-known cereal makers...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

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

TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

United States Seeks 'At Will' Removal of CFPB Director

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

Court Finds CFPB Case Against Payment Processor Lacking

On March 17, 2017 the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota granted the motion of Intercept Corporation (“Intercept”) and its senior executives to dismiss the complaint filed almost a year ago by the...more

CPSC to Consider New Magnet Set Safety Standards Following 10th Circuit Decision in Zen Magnets

We have entered the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) regulation of high-powered, small, rare earth magnet sets (“SREMS”). On March 1, 2017, CPSC met and unanimously...more

Warning: Lawyers May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Most of the cases we defend involve claims of inadequate warnings. What makes a warning inadequate? Falsehood is the first thing that comes to mind. But the Pontius Pilate question of “What is truth?” continues to vex. We...more

Third Circuit: On-Campus Residency Requirements Protected By State-Action Immunity Doctrine

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit held that a public university and its non-profit partner were immune from antitrust liability after the university enacted a student residency policy that benefitted on-campus...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

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

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

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

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

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

PHH files opening en banc brief; seven supporting amicus briefs filed

On Friday, PHH filed its opening en banc brief with the D.C. Circuit in the rehearing of its appeal of Director Cordray’s June 2015 decision that affirmed an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recommended decision concluding...more

Misstated Summons Did Not Create FDCPA Violation

A summons which stated the consumer had thirty days to answer a debt collection suit did not violate the FDCPA when the state rules of civil procedure only provided for twenty days. In Bryant v. Kass Shuler, P.A., the...more

Becoming the Target of an Antitrust Lawsuit: Essential Considerations

Becoming the target of an antitrust lawsuit is a daunting prospect for any business. Antitrust lawsuits are often time-consuming and expensive to defend, and the consequences of losing a case can be severe. Under the Sherman...more

Inaccurate TILA Disclosures Not Enough to Create Standing

A district court from New York recently ruled that even assuming a creditor’s initial TILA disclosures falls short under the statutory requirements, the plaintiff must show an injury in fact in order to have standing under...more

Does Class Settlement Of Bank Claims In Home Depot Data Breach Litigation Pass The “Superiority” Test?

Counsel for a class of card-issuing banks filed a settlement agreement on March 8 proposing a class settlement to resolve claims arising from the 2014 theft of payment card data from Home Depot point-of-sale terminals. The...more

Collection Letter Containing Check Box To Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Federal Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box the plaintiff could check to indicate she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a reason...more

Using Joint Venture Analysis to Limit Antitrust Risks of Energy Sector Collaborations

In an antitrust case where two competitors admittedly engaged in concerted action to block a third competitor’s access to a natural gas gathering system, a federal appeals court recently upheld summary judgment for the...more

Divided D.C. Circuit panel denies injunction blocking CFPB CID

The D.C. Circuit, in a divided decision, denied a motion for an emergency injunction pending appeal filed by a company seeking to halt all CFPB action adverse to the company, including enforcement of a CID and disclosure of...more

Deciphering RJR Nabisco's 'Domestic Injury' Requirement

Last June, in RJR Nabisco v. European Union, a deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court resolved a three-way split among the federal courts to define the extraterritorial reach of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations...more

D.C. Circuit grants motion of U.S. for leave to file amicus brief in PHH by March 17; denies motions to intervene

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the unopposed motion of the United States for leave to file an amicus brief in PHH by March 17, 2017.  As we previously observed, the motion appears to signal the DOJ’s intention...more

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