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Lawmakers Push FCC To Confront Cell Phone Cyber Threats

by King & Spalding on

In a letter dated March 28, 2017, Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Representative Ted Lieu, D-Calif., urged the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the cell phone industry,...more

Uncertainty Abounds for Food Labeling Rules

In the next year, a number of pending FDA and USDA regulatory proposals threaten to upend the food manufacturing environment and may result in food and beverage companies being forced to change their labels (and possibly...more

Entering the FDCPA Safe Harbor Just Got More Difficult in the Second Circuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Carlin v. Davidson Fink LLP, No. 15-3105-cv (2d Cir. Mar. 29, 2017), has important ramifications for the debt collection industry....more

11th Circuit Clarifies FDCPA/FCCPA Issues Re Periodic Mortgage Statements After Bankruptcy

by Burr & Forman on

In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017 WL 1350728 (11th Cir. April 12, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal clarified important issues regarding the use of periodic mortgage statements after a bankruptcy...more

Be Compromise Ready: Go Back to the Basics

by BakerHostetler on

We are excited to release our third annual BakerHostetler Data Security Incident Response Report. This report analyzes the more than 450 data security incidents we led clients through in 2016. Companies continued to...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

SEC Approves New Rules Enabling Financial Advisors to Defend Vulnerable Clients from Exploitation

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Financial exploitation of aging and mentally diminished investors by family members and third parties is on the rise. With America's senior population growing rapidly, this problem may only get worse. More than half of all...more

OCC Publishes New “Retail Lending” Booklet

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency published a “Retail Lending” booklet, a new addition to the Safety and Soundness Asset Quality category of the Comptroller’s Handbook, which discusses the risks...more

Consumer Review Fairness Act’s Point of “No Return”

On December 14, 2016 the United States Congress passed an act known as the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (“CRFA”). The stated goal of this new legislation is “to prohibit the use of certain clauses in form contracts...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy Law GDPR: New territorial scope, one stop shop and consistency mechanisms

One of the undeniable highlights of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on 25 May 2018, is its extended territorial scope. The new geographical reach does not only come as a reaction...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy The GDPR - new data governance obligations on businesses

Let’s start with the good news. The current obligation to register with the national data protection authority will be abolished. Along with the fines and criminal offences of failing to do so. In its place, the...more

Meritas Data Protection & Privacy Law: Getting ready for the new GDPR: Issues to consider now

The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update April 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection - Colorado Attorney General Obtains Judgment Against Debt Collection Company - Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman obtained a judgment against debt collection company Peak Resolution LLC, its owner, and...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 3

by Jones Day on

FDA Amends Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule - On April 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") notified industry regarding the amendment of waivers available under the Sanitary Transportation of Human...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield: Key Similarities, Key Distinctions with the EU-U.S. Approach

by White & Case LLP on

On April 12, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Administration ("ITA") will begin accepting self-certifications for the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield ("Swiss Privacy Shield"). The Swiss Privacy Shield replaces the U.S.-Swiss...more

SEC Issues New Material Event Notices Under Proposed Rule 15c2-12 Amendments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 1, 2017, proposed adding two additional triggers – in new subparagraphs (15) and (16) – for the material events notice requirements under Rule 15c2-12 (the Proposed...more

In California, The Statutory Right To Seek Public Injunctive Relief Is Unwaivable

On April 6, 2017, in the matter Sharon McGill v. Citibank, N.A., the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an arbitration agreement that waives a statutory right to seek public injunctive relief in any forum, is...more

FACTA Suits Still Bite - $31 Million Subway Class Action Settlement Approved

Ten years ago, hundreds of retailers, chain restaurants and others were targeted nationwide as defendants in class action suits under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) for violating the so-called...more

Privacy Shield: Recent Developments

by White & Case LLP on

The Article 29 Working Party has released new procedural documentation concerning complaints under the Privacy Shield scheme, comprising rules of procedure and a form for individuals to submit complaints. This comes against a...more

Will September assessment scuttle EU-US Privacy Shield?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Ever since being finalized in July of 2016, the EU-US Privacy Shield has faced considerable criticism. Crafted to replace the long-standing EU-US Safe Harbor that was struck down the previous year, the EU-US Privacy Shield...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Proposes to Provide Flexibility in Collecting Information - On March 24, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released a proposal to amend Equal Credit...more

European Commission Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

On 29 March 2017, the same day that United Kingdom has officially launched the Brexit process, the European Commission (Commission) blocked the proposed 29 billion Euro merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DBAG) and London Stock...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

Rutgers Law School arbitration symposium will feature one-sided panel

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education and Rutgers University Law Review will sponsor an all-day symposium entitled: “Resolving the Arbitration Dispute in Today’s Legal Landscape.” One of the four...more

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