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CFPB Continues Focus on Mortgage Lender Advertising

Last week, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against RMK Financial Corporation d/b/a Majestic Home Loans (RMK) related to deceptive mortgage advertising practices....more

Data Privacy and Security Insider Update - April 2015

Target Corp. announced yesterday that it has settled the claims of MasterCard International Inc. (MasterCard) against it to reimburse MasterCard and its card issuers for the losses it sustained in issuing new credit and debit...more

Playtech Enters Foreign Exchange Market

Online gaming software company Playtech Ltd. has announced that it is purchasing TradeFX for close to $499 million, representing just over 91% of TradeFX’s worth. Playtech’s acquisition of TradeFX, which operates the site...more

Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

Legal Issues in Cause-Related Marketing

Cause-related marketing is frequently used by businesses to bolster sales, improve brand reputation, and improve public relations. Under the laws of a number of states, when a business advertises that it will make a...more

Around the Virtual World: April 6 – 10, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Will Doctors Soon Prescribe Video Games? - 5 ways the Postal Service could save money...more

Amendments to Code of Conduct for Credit and Debit Card Industry

Amendments made to the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada (Code) released by the Department of Finance on April 13, 2015, will have interesting repercussions across the entire payment industry...more

Department of Justice's Antitrust Division Brings First E-Commerce Prosecution

Marking a foray into e-commerce, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced its first antitrust prosecution for price fixing in online marketplaces. On April 6, 2015, the DOJ announced that it has...more

Financial Services Law - April 2015

This special edition of the Financial Services Law Newsletter includes a series of blog posts written by Peer-to-Peer Lending and Crowdfunding partner Brian S. Korn for the LendItUSA 2015 conference to be held April 13-15 in...more

California Teams-Up with Internet Search Engines to Block Unlicensed Payday Lender Advertising

On April 7, the California Department of Business Oversight announced a new initiative to prevent unlicensed payday lenders from advertising on major Internet search engines, including Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo....more

CFPB Keeps its Sights on Military Mortgage Ads

The CFPB has announced another enforcement action targeting alleged deceptive mortgage advertising to veterans. The Bureau claims that the defendant lender targeted veterans with ads that falsely implied an affiliation...more

E-rate Funding Year 2015 Filing Window Extended until April 16, 2015

Late last week, USAC announced an extension of the application deadline for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2015). FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015....more

The TCPA: Deep Dive: Details, Class Actions, Regulations, and Defense Strategies [Video]

In Part One of our complimentary, two-part webinar on the TCPA, we covered the basics. Join us for the second hour-long segment, as we get into the weeds of the TCPA. Part Two will cover: Exemptions/Details · What is an...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Making the Grade - SEC Finalizes Revision to Regulation A Offering, Including New Tier 2...

As we have noted in prior Bulletins, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange...more

Why the CFPB’s new lawsuit resembles “Operation Choke Point”

Yesterday, the CFPB announced that it had filed a lawsuit against “the ringleaders of a robo-call phantom debt collection operation, their companies, and their service providers.” This is the same lawsuit filed in federal...more

The CFPB Goes Mobile

The plastic credit card will one day go the way of the flip phone as consumers increasingly adopt innovative digital payment methods, such as Apple Pay, already available to them on their mobile devices. As a result of this...more

DBO Establishes Protocol With To Block Unlicensed Payday Lenders’ Ads

When I served as California’s Commissioner of Corporations, Internet commerce was just finding its legs and we were concerned about how to apply the Corporate Securities Laws to this new technology. For state regulators, the...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Tied To Sale of Cellular Licensing

The sale of spectrum to operate cell phones can yield millions of dollars in profits. This notion was at the center of an action brought by the SEC against six individuals and eleven entities. Investors who purchased...more

Banks Take Notice: The Sunrise Period for .bank Registrations is Coming Soon

The sunrise period for .bank is currently scheduled to take place between May 18 and June 16, 2015. Only trademark holders who have obtained verification of their bank’s trademarks with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may...more

Status Updates - April 2015 #2

Bad ads. New research shows that 5% of the people visiting Google-related websites are using computers infected with programs that insert illegitimate ads onto web pages; as a result, these web surfers see ads that site...more

Eleventh Circuit Says No to Mooting Class Actions with Individual Offers of Judgment

Serving a Rule 68 offer of judgment for maximum individual statutory damages before the filing of a class certification motion was once a common strategy used to moot putative class actions alleging claims for violations of...more

Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms: Securities Law Considerations

Peer-to-peer lending platforms, as their name suggests, allow borrowers to use a web-based platform to borrow money funded by other platform users rather than using the more traditional route of borrowing directly from a bank...more

New CFPB lawsuit targets payment processors for debt collectors

A new CFPB enforcement action filed in federal district court in Atlanta and unsealed last week targeting an alleged debt collection scam names as defendants not only the debt collectors and their individual principals but...more

Information Sharing Can Help Fortify Your Cybersecurity Strategy

Having strong cybersecurity policies is critical for protecting a company's business, as the amount of commerce conducted over networks and the Internet increases each year. Last month the Congressional Research Service...more

The TCPA: Basics, Targeted Industries, and Trends [Video]

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was originally enacted to curb intrusive telemarketing and "robo" calls by restricting calls made to residences, and those made to cell phones using automated telephone dialing...more

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