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California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute: A Potent, Yet Confounding, Weapon

by Miller Starr Regalia on

Lawsuits designed to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of free speech or the right to petition, denominated as “strategic lawsuits against public participation” (or “SLAPP” suits), have taken on increasing...more

CFPB enters into consent orders with reverse mortgage companies to settle alleged advertising violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it entered into consent orders with three reverse mortgage companies to settle the CFPB’s allegations that the companies engaged in deceptive advertising in violation of the Mortgage Acts and...more

Text on the Dotted Line: A Text Message Can Create a Binding Contract

by Dechert LLP on

Here’s another story in the “It never gets easier” file. The Massachusetts Land Court recently decided a case that perhaps we should have all guessed was coming. This is the above the fold headline: Text...more

Airbnb Files Suit to Enjoin San Francisco Law

by Bryan Cave on

As expected, Airbnb filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday seeking to enjoin the recently enacted amendments to the City’s so-called “Airbnb law.” The suit seeks to strike...more

Increasing Legal Scrutiny of Website Accessibility in the Real Estate Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

From fair housing laws to licensing requirements, the real estate industry is accustomed to navigating various legal constraints and requirements. However, as a result of current ambiguity in the law, class action lawsuits...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.21.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Court Of Chancery Explains The Continuing Wrong Doctrine

by Morris James LLP on

It is settled law that a cause of action accrues when the wrong is committed, not when its effects continue to be felt in the future. But as this decision makes clear, that is not always the case. When additional wrongdoing...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Wire Fraud Conviction of Defendant Who Did Not Participate in Sending the Fraudulent Representations

On June 9, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a Florida district court’s refusal to acquit Linda Deavers, an Indianapolis real estate broker, of four counts of wire fraud. In doing so, the Eleventh...more

Statutory Class Actions: Developments and Strategies

In this Newsletter: - An Aspect Of Adequacy: Do Traditional Standing Requirements Apply To Statutory Class Actions? - The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: A Constantly Shifting Battlefield. - Telephone...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

- SC18927 - State v. Gonzalez - AC35406 - Rodriguez v. State - AC35570 - Tremper v. State - AC35972 - Bouchard v. Deep River [Dumpster diving can be hazardous to your health. As a devotee of the...more

High Court Reaffirms Local Government's Authority in Denials of Applications for Cell Towers

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Clarifies that Local Government’s Decision Need Not State Reasons if they are Contemporaneously Published Elsewhere - A local government need not state the reasons for its denial of a new cell-tower...more

False Claims Act: 2014 Year In Review

In what is becoming an annual refrain, 2014 marked another year of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and mushrooming qui tam lawsuits by whistleblowers. Indeed, fiscal year 2014...more

Securities Class Action Dismissed Where Information Was Publicly Available

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington recently dismissed a securities fraud class action against Zillow, Inc. and named officers and directors, holding that the material omissions plaintiff alleged were...more

Dodd-Frank News: July 2014 Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

by Burr & Forman on

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..RESPA ..FDCPA ..TCPA ..FCCPA & FDCPA ..TILA - In The News ..CFPB to Begin Collecting Complaints Regarding Prepaid Cards ..CFPB Proposes Letting...more

Federal Court Rejects Controversial Attempt To Expand Class Action Liability

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a putative class action in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey quickly put to rest a controversial theory advanced by the plaintiffs to allow them to sue defendants who admittedly caused...more

Insurers, Beware Of Unnamed 3rd Parties' Hidden Rights

by Zelle LLP on

Generally, the language of an insurance policy governs the rights to any proceeds thereunder. However, many courts recognize a number of different theories that may allow third parties not specifically named as insureds in...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 25, 2013

In this issue: - CBOE Proposes to Amend Preferred Market Maker’s Continuous Quoting Obligations - FATCA Regulations Are Finalized - CFTC to Host Roundtable on “Futurization” of Swaps - CFTC Amends Order of...more

Mortgage Banking Update - May 24, 2012

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects HUD’s Position on Markups - MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, California Appeals Court Rules - How Prepared Are You for AML Compliance? -...more

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