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A Busy Summer at the FCC: The Commission Releases Its Fax Waiver Order

On August 28, 2015, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (“Bureau”), on authority delegated from the Federal Communications Commission, released an Order (“August 28 Order”) granting 117 petitions seeking a...more

What is a Stipulated Judgment?

When a debt is legitimately owed I have found that most people simply want to negotiate a settlement with the creditor and get it behind them. And while creditors will usually agree to settle a debt, if a court case has...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues First-Ever Guidance on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

Section 5 of the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act declares that “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” are unlawful. The Act also empowers the Commission to prevent persons, partnerships, and corporations...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

CFPB Arbitration Study May Be First Step in Unlocking Floodgates of Consumer Class-Actions

Banks already looking over one shoulder to maintain compliance with regulatory reforms coming at them from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act may soon need to start looking over the other. Class...more

CodeBroker, LLC Files Additional Challenge to the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order

On August 14, 2015, CodeBroker, LLC (“CodeBroker”) filed a petition for review of the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit....more

FTC Announces New Guidance on Section 5 Unfair Competition Enforcement

Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has announced the FTC’s new policy concerning its enforcement authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, in particular Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition.”...more

It Is Now Easier To Draft Class Action Waivers and Arbitration Agreements

Last week, the California Supreme Court provided additional guidance as to how to draft an enforceable arbitration agreement and how Courts should analyze whether mandatory arbitration provisions can be held unconscionable...more

Debt Collection Agencies File Motion to Intervene in Support of Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling

As we previously noted, three petitions for review were filed in the immediate aftermath of the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling and Order, which were then consolidated and randomly assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for...more

The California Supreme Court Holds Consumer Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Provisions Are Enforceable Under Federal Law

On August 3, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited arbitration decision in Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC, No. B228027. The Court held that the arbitration provision found in a standard form auto...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - July 2015

THIS NEWSLETTER AIMS to keep those in the food industry up to speed on developments in food labeling and nutritional content litigation. RECENT SIGNIFICANT RULINGS - District Court Dismisses and Stays False...more

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Second Circuit Holds That FAA Requires a Stay, Not Dismissal, Upon Successful Motion to Compel...

Many courts dismiss an action once they order the parties to arbitrate the dispute. And many of these courts do so even if one of the parties requests that the court stay the proceedings pending arbitration. The...more

Lead generator files petition to set aside CFPB CID

A lead generation company and its employee recently filed a petition with the CFPB to modify or set aside a civil investigative demand (CID). Among the arguments made in the petition for why the CID should be set aside is...more

Going to California: Court of Appeal Rules Forum Selection Clause Overrides Certification of B.C. Privacy Act Claims

The British Columbia Court of Appeal recently overturned the certification of a class action against Facebook Inc. in relation to alleged breaches of B.C.’s Privacy Act, involving unauthorized commercial use of users’ names...more

6 Record Search Lessons From $43M Clydesdale Bank Penalty

Clydesdale Bank PLC was recently hit with a more-than-$43 million fine, largely because it failed to search for documents that should have been subject to its destruction policy, and for misleading consumers and its...more

New empirical study of AAA arbitrations is a study in contradictions

A new empirical study of approximately 5,000 American Arbitration Association (AAA) consumer arbitrations conducted between 2009 and 2013 purports to find a “repeat player” effect favoring companies that previous researchers,...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2015

In This Issue: - The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015 - Class Certification Decisions: ..Decisions Granting Motions to Strike/Dismiss Class Claims ..Decisions Denying Motions to...more

Illinois Federal Court Follows Eleventh Circuit’s Broad Definition of “Sender” in Blast Fax Case

Through prior posts (see here, here, and here), we have monitored the FCC’s somewhat perplexing distinction between calls and faxes in the context of analyzing direct and vicarious liability under the TCPA. Just two months...more

Second Circuit Declines To Allow National Bank Preemption by Assignee of National Bank

A national bank can charge an interest rate that exceeds state law maximums, but the bank’s assignee cannot, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled recently, in a decision that could impact the ability of debt...more

Second Circuit Holds That National Bank Act Preemption Does Not Apply to an Independent, Third-Party Debt Collector That Purchased...

The Second Circuit recently issued a National Bank Act preemption decision with significant implications for purchasers of loans and other debt from national banks. See Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, --- F.3d ---, 2015 WL...more

UTC Fire & Security Obtains Summary Judgment In Putative TCPA Class Action

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”), prohibits initiating a telephone call using a prerecorded voice to wireless or residential telephone numbers unless the called party consents to receiving the...more

2nd Circuit Reinstates Consumer Class Action Against National Debt Buyer Through Preemption Decision

On May 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against a debt collection firm, holding that “non-national bank entities are not entitled to protections under the National Bank Act (“NBA”) from state-law...more

Second Circuit Ruling Undermines National Bank Act Preemption of State Usury Laws for Loans Transferred to Non-Banks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last week that a purchaser of charged-off debts from a national bank was not entitled to assert the preemption of state usury laws available to national banks under...more

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Tenth Circuit Applies Statutory-Violation Exclusion To Junk Fax Claims That Try To Skirt The TCPA

Enacted in 1991, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (TCPA), inaugurated the era of “junk fax” class actions, in which recipients of mass fax advertisements may pursue statutory damages of $500 per class...more

In Sprint Victory, Judge Posner and the Seventh Circuit Hold That Arbitration Is Required in a TCPA Class Action Even Though the...

On May 11, 2015, in an opinion written by Judge Posner, the Seventh Circuit reversed an order denying Sprint’s motion to compel arbitration in a class action allegation violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

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