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Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Holds that Consumers Cannot Pursue Class Action Claims Against TGI Fridays for Inflated Drink Prices, But...

by Genova Burns LLC on

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision on two consumer class actions under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”) and the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”). In two separate cases,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Translating Goals Into Action.Many financial institutions likely would say that financial regulatory reform in the Trump administration has fallen short of expectations, at least so far. While various...more

Judge Fitzwater Assigned to Hear Industry Suit to Block CFPB Arbitration Rule is Experienced and Well-Respected

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we’ve mentioned, the finance industry recently filed suit to overturn the CFPB’s arbitration rule in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Shortly after the case was filed, it was assigned to...more

What is the deadline for the Senate to pass a CRA resolution to override the CFPB’s arbitration rule?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the filing of a lawsuit last Friday by a number of industry trade groups seeking to block implementation of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, we remain hopeful that the Senate will pass a resolution of disapproval under...more

Finance Industry Files Lawsuit to Overturn CFPB Arbitration Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Bankers Association, the Consumer Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, American Financial Services Association, Texas Association of Business, Texas Bankers Association,...more

In A Stunning Rebuke To CFPB, OCC Finds Arbitration Rule Will Significantly Increase Cost Of Consumer Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a September 20 report, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) seriously undermined the integrity and completeness of the CFPB’s empirical study of consumer arbitration that purports to be the foundation for...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Clarifies Law Governing Arbitration Waiver

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Security Alarm Financing Enterprises, L.P. v. Fuller, et al., Case No. 1 CA-CV 16-0255 (Ariz. Ct. App. July 6, 2017), the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held as a matter of first impression that Arizona state courts...more

Professor Sovern Disagrees with Senator Warren and Concedes that Consumers Do Well in Arbitration But Raises Another Red Herring

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Professor Jeff Sovern has responded to our recent blog, “Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up,” with a blog of his own. He does not contest the main point of our blog, which was that Senator Warren’s claim that consumers...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Body Shops’ Antitrust Claims Against Insurers

In a 2-1 decision issued on September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing antirust claims brought by auto body shops against a group of car insurance companies in the In re Auto Body...more

Senator Warren’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a press release issued earlier this week, Senator Elizabeth Warren argued that the CFPB’s arbitration rule should not be repealed under the Congressional Review Act because consumers recovered “in only 9 percent of the...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

by Polsinelli on

In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

2017 Data Breach Litigation Report

by Bryan Cave on

2016 was another year in which data breaches continued to dominate the headlines, a constant reminder to people that their personal information was vulnerable and the target of criminal attacks. Yet, despite the fact that...more

Circuit Court Finds Putative Class Affidavits, Combined With Other Records, May Satisfy Ascertainability Requirement

by Carlton Fields on

Defendants BMW and Creditsmarts were parties to a marketing agreement through which BMW offered its direct automotive “up2drive” loans to borrowers at participating independent car dealers through Creditsmarts’ internet-based...more

Online Vacation Rental Marketplace Sends Claims Packing with Carefully Drafted Terms

In a resounding victory for well-drafted terms and conditions and robust immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“CDA Section 230”), a Massachusetts district court granted summary...more

Appellate court upholds creditors’ ability to charge interest on written off accounts

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Creditors frequently continue to assess contractual interest on delinquent accounts after the creditors have charged off the accounts and stopped sending periodic account statements to the borrowers. On August 29, 2017, the...more

Product Liability Update: August 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

United States Supreme Court Holds Due Process Forbids Exercising Specific Jurisdiction Over Nonresident Plaintiffs’ Claims Against Nonresident Defendant Where Claims Did Not Arise From Defendant’s Contacts with Forum,...more

Cruise Passenger Protection Act: A Proposed Step Toward Uniform Passenger Legal Rights - But Major Regulatory Compliance...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2017, a U.S. Senate bill introduced as S.1502 on June 29, 2017, proposes a broad range of notice, procedural and oversight provisions for the cruise line industry. The bill is designed...more

CFPB Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Class Action Waiver Arbitration Agreements In Certain Consumer Financial Contracts

by Carlton Fields on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a final rule on July 10, 2017, prohibiting providers of certain consumer financial products and services from including within consumer agreements a requirement that any future...more

Director Cordray’s Op-Ed Disregards Many Inconvenient Facts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an op-ed published in today’s New York Times, CFPB Director Richard Cordray argues against congressional repeal of the agency’s final arbitration rule by “correcting the record.” He contends that the CFPB’s March 2015...more

Sixth Circuit Requires Actual Economic Injury for Price Comparison Class Actions

by BakerHostetler on

Earlier this week, the Sixth Circuit flatly rejected a bid by a consumer to recover damages allegedly caused by Wish.com’s advertised price comparisons. The online marketplace uses struck-through manufacturers’ suggested...more

Call Me Maybe: 11th Circuit Broadly Interprets TCPA to Allow Partial Oral Revocation of Consent

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In light of the flux of recent litigation arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. §227 et seq., resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements and adverse judgments against companies across all...more

From the Top In Brief - July/August 2017

by Jones Day on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348, 2017 BL 161314 (U.S. May 15, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a credit collection agency does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it files...more

CFPB Arbitration Rule Hits a Roadblock

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a final rule on pre-dispute arbitration agreements on July 10, 2017. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2017, and as such, it is due to...more

CFPB Final Arbitration Rule Bans Class Action Waivers, But Will it Survive?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced the release of its final rule prohibiting the use of class action waivers in certain consumer finance arbitration agreements. The rule has been several years...more

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