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Federal court upholds FTC opinion applying TSR robocall consent requirement to calls made using soundboard technology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A D.C. federal district court has rejected a trade group’s attempt to invalidate a November 2016 FTC opinion in which the agency concluded that outbound telemarketing calls made using soundboard technology are subject to the...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

FTC Enters $53 Million Settlement With Prepaid Debit Card Provider

by Goodwin on

On March 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to settle charges with a prepaid debit card provider for $53 million in monetary relief applied to balances and fees in customers’ accounts....more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

by Hogan Lovells on

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

by Goodwin on

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

Bank Must Pay Federal Reserve Almost $1M

A Pennsylvania bank reached a deal with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System over Board-alleged violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, agreeing to pay an almost $1 million civil penalty....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox have fulfilled a mission derailed five years ago by a UK phone hacking scandal and have taken full control of British satellite TV giant Sky. Fox paid just shy of $15 billion to acquire the...more

As part of joint initiative with the CFPB, FTC launches updated, mobile-friendly Military Consumer website

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

This week, the FTC announced the launch of a redesigned Military Consumer website as part of its joint initiative with the DoD, CFPB and others. Military.Consumer.gov is a financial readiness website designed to help...more

FTC Obtains $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Individual Who Operated Payday Lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a $1.3 billion judgment against the individual operator of several payday lenders and related servicing and marketing companies in a lawsuit filed in a Nevada federal district...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - October 2016

Supreme Court to Review Credit Card Surcharge Statutes - Why it matters: In an effort to resolve a conflict between Circuits, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a challenge to New York’s credit card...more

CFPB and California DBO Settle with Online Lender Over Alleged Misrepresentations

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On September 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with an online lender, after a joint investigation with the California Department of Business Oversight...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

CFPB to Participate in FTC Workshop on Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 15th, the FTC will hold a workshop to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The FTC’s workshop...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

by Bryan Cave on

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2016

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the second 2016 edition of Class Action Roundup! The first quarter of the year witnessed a few key Supreme Court decisions, even with the passing of Justice Scalia, and several settlement cases decided. The issue...more

FTC Backs FCC’s Proposed Rule on TCPA Amendments for Calls Collecting Government Debt

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a Staff Comment on June 16, 2016, supporting several of the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) proposed regulations implementing amendments to...more

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Congressional Panel To Investigate The Fairness Of Pay TV Billing, Competitive Practices - There was plenty of startup news out of DC this week, starting...more

FTC holding FinTech forum on marketplace lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 9, 2016, the FTC will host a “FinTech forum on marketplace lending,” the first in a forum series described by the FTC as “exploring emerging financial technology and its implications for consumers.” According to the...more

Canadian Competition Bureau to Study Technology Led Innovation in the Financial Services Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

The Canadian Competition Bureau recently initiated a market study into technology led innovation in the Canadian financial services industry (FinTech). The Bureau is inviting interested stakeholders to file submissions...more

Texas Settles with PayPal over Money Transfer App Advertising and Privacy Practices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced a settlement with PayPal, resolving allegations that its Venmo money transfer app violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by failing to clearly disclose how...more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding...more

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