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Middle District of Florida Holds Arbitrability of TCPA Claims Question for Arbitrator

Harrington v. Regions Bank, No. 2:15-cv-522-Ftm-29MRM (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016) - Before the Court was Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings. Plaintiffs opposed the Motion, contending that their...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Plaintiff's Attempts to Turn Alleged "Clicking" and "Dead Air" into a TCPA Violation Rejected - Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-1780, 2015 WL 9286778 (7th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015) - The Seventh...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...more

FTC Touts Record Yield in Payday Lending Case

Why it matters - A pair of online payday lenders will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $4.4 million to settle charges that they tricked consumers by failing to disclose inflated fees in what the agency said was...more

Update on Madden v. Midland: Cert. Decision Expected Soon

The certiorari petition asks the court to address whether the National Bank Act continues to have preemptive effect after the national bank has sold or otherwise assigned a loan to another entity. In a petition for a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.21.16

Remember that oil spill on the markets from yesterday? We’re heading into Exxon Valdez territory here, even with a late-day rally on Wall Street that helped somewhat stem monumental losses – NYTimes... The Upshot’s...more

Seller Beware: Lessons Learned from 2015 Deceptive Advertising Enforcement in the Consumer Finance Space

Federal regulators took a close look at advertisements for consumer financial products and services in 2015, bringing over 25 enforcement actions totaling over $975 million in penalties and consumer redress. In the majority...more

Who Is Exempt From Liability For Deceptive Debt Collection Claims?

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear a dispute concerning allegations of deceptive debt collection by lawyers. The case, Sheriff v. Gillie, was brought under the Fair Debt Collection...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins case will make waves in consumer class actions –one way or another

Back in early November of last year, Spokeo, Inc. (Spokeo) argued before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn a February 2014 ruling from the Ninth Circuit that revived the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuit filed...more

SEC-JPMorgan Securities Settle False Advertising Action

The holiday season may be a time of good cheer. Wall Street banks may not agree, however, at least for this year. As the season began to unfold JPMorgan settled a Commission action centered on conflicts by admitting the facts...more

Consumer Bankers Association, Chamber of Commerce Join Challenge to FCC TCPA Ruling

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) and United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) have joined the legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s July declaratory ruling and order. The Order responded to 21...more

5 Big Developments in Privacy Class Actions in 2015, and 3 to Look for in 2016

The burgeoning area of privacy class action litigation showed no signs of slowing down in 2015. Here are some of the most significant developments from the past year, as well as some things to watch for in the coming year....more

Maryland Licensing Threat to Bank Partner Model to be Reviewed by Court of Appeals

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest appellate court, last week agreed to review an October 2015 Maryland Court of Special Appeals (MCSA) decision that illustrated how the bank partner structure used by many...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - December 2015

In an article published by Financial Advisor on December 8, 2015, Burr & Forman Associate Rhett Owens discusses a proposed rule change from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regarding variable annuities (VAs) that’s set to...more

CFPB Announces Complaint and Proposed Consent Order Against Massachusetts Debt Collection Firm

On December 7, the CFPB announced the filing of a complaint and a proposed consent order against a Massachusetts-based debt collection firm for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair...more

Ballard Spahr Represents Credit Unions in Amicus Brief Challenging FCC TCPA Order

In the case of ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America, Ballard Spahr LLP represented the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) in filing a joint amici brief with the American...more

Eleventh Circuit's Surcharge Ruling Sets up Possible Supreme Court Showdown

Why it matters - Setting the stage for a possible visit to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Florida's prohibition on imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases while...more

Eleventh Circuit Strikes Down Florida’s No-Surcharge Law

On November 4, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit struck down Florida’s no credit-card surcharge statute as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. See Dana’s Railroad Supply v. Attorney General, Florida, No. 14-14426, 2015 WL...more

New York Attorney General Says Daily Fantasy Sports Contests Are Illegal

As the popularity of fantasy sports grows, so do the legal issues surrounding the industry. The main legal challenges facing fantasy sports have been centered on the issue of whether pay-to-play fantasy sports contests...more

“Is This The Party To Whom I Am Speaking?”: Third Circuit Okays TCPA Suit Against Bank Over Call Meant For Roommate

On March 11, 2005, Bank of America (“BofA”) attempted to call Genevieve Dutriaux at her home where she resided with a roommate, Mark Leyse. Dutriaux was the registered subscriber for the phone number that BofA dialed. The...more

FTC Announces Proposed Settlement with Telecommunications Company for Alleged FCRA Violations

On October 21, the FTC announced a $2.95 million settlement with a telecommunications company for alleged violations of the FCRA. According to the FTC, the company violated the FCRA’s Risk-Based Pricing Rule by failing to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Whether an Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Can Moot a Plaintiff’s Claims as It Hears Argument in Gomez

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez on October 14, 2015, an important case presenting the question of whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering complete individual relief...more

Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC Joins the Consolidated Appeal of the FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order

On September 8, 2015, Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC (“PRA”) filed its own 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...more

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