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CFPB files lawsuit against debt relief companies for alleged misrepresentation of government affiliation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in Maryland federal court against two commonly-owned debt relief companies, their affiliated payment processor, and three individual principals  for alleged violations of the Telemarketing...more

House Financial Services Committee schedules Oct. 11 mark-up of “Madden fix” bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Among the more than 20 bills that the House Financial Services Committee is scheduled to mark-up this Wednesday, October 11, is a bill to provide a “Madden fix” as well as several others relevant to consumer financial...more

OCC reacts to CFPB’s final payday loan rule by rescinding its deposit advance product guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Hours after the CFPB released its final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule on October 5, 2017, the OCC rescinded its guidance on deposit advance products. ...more

CFPB Issues Long-Awaited Short-Term Lending Final Rule

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, the CFPB issued it long-anticipated Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Lending Rule covering certain short-term loans. The final regulation, published more than 15 months after it was proposed in June...more

CFPB issues final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB issued its final payday loan rule last week in a release running 1,690 pages. Lenders covered by the rule include nonbank entities as well as banks and credit unions. In addition to payday loans, the rule covers...more

CFPB Issues Final Payday/Auto Title/High-Rate Installment Loan Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its final payday loan rule last week in a release running 1,690 pages. Lenders covered by the rule include nonbank entities as well as banks and credit unions....more

Preliminary Thoughts on the New CFPB Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

It will take a while to digest the CFPB’s 1,700-page release on payday, title and high-rate installment lending but, naturally, I have a number of preliminary observations...more

OCIE Releases Risk Alert Regarding Advertisements of Investment Advisers

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 14, 2017, OCIE published a Risk Alert identifying issues associated with Rule 206(4)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The Risk Alert was based on observations of the OCIE staff...more

The Online Lending Policy Summit Recap

On September 25, the Acting Comptroller of the Currency and leading participants in the online lending industry gathered in Washington, D.C. at the second annual Online Lending Policy Institute (OLPI) Online Lending Policy...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

Second Circuit Holds Contractually Provided Consent Cannot Be Revoked

by Burr & Forman on

Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv (2nd Cir. August 21, 2017) - Plaintiff leased a car from Defendant. A term of the lease stated: You [Reyes] also expressly consent and agree that Lessor...more

Still Standing: Ninth Circuit Again Finds Standing in Spokeo Remand

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its latest opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the closely-watched putative class action dating back to 2010. The plaintiff initiated the lawsuit against Spokeo, which aggregates publicly...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

Spokeo—Round 3: The Ninth Circuit Finds Alleged Statutory Violation Sufficiently “Concrete” To Satisfy Article III Standing

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 3480695 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2017), on remand from the United States Supreme Court. Once again, the Ninth Circuit reversed...more

Debt Collector Not Liable Under the TCPA for Post-Revocation Calls Made On Behalf of a Different Creditor

by Reed Smith on

In an important decision for the collection industry, the court in Michel v. Credit Protection Ass’n L.P., No. 14-cv-8452, 2017 WL 3620809 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 23, 2017), refused to find a debt collection company liable under the...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules that Consumers Have the Right to Partially Revoke Consent to Automated Calls under the TCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued its opinion in Emily Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, holding that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. sec. 227 et seq. (“TCPA”), allows consumers to partially...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

FTC Uses Consumer Complaints to Combat Alleged Robocalls

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is using consumer complaints in its effort to quell alleged illegal robocalls. On September 1, 2009, the FTC issued rules prohibiting robocalls made without a consumer’s prior written...more

FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

Revocation of Consent Under TCPA: Not So Fast

In a recent case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to revoke prior consent to be contacted by telephone when...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

D.C. District Court Allows Payday Lenders’ Due Process Claims To Proceed In Case Against “Operation Choke Point”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, in the lawsuit filed in 2014 challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal enforcement initiative involving various agencies, including the Consumer...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contractually-Given Consent Cannot be Revoked Under TCPA

by Goodwin on

On June 22, 2017, the Second Circuit decided Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104—a decision which is a win for the TCPA defense bar. In Reyes, the Second Circuit held that, once a consumer consents to...more

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