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Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

FTC Targeting Deceptive Advertising of Mortgage Lead Generators

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent complaint against Intermundo Media, LLC (Intermundo) alleging deceptive marketing tactics under the FTC Act and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP Rule)...more

CFPB RESPA Enforcement Action Targets Marketing Services Agreements

On September 30, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Michigan-based title insurance company to address allegations that the company’s marketing services agreements (MSAs) with several real estate brokers violated the...more

The CFPB Weighs in on Marketing Services Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has, for the first time, publicly expressed views on marketing services agreements (“MSAs”) under Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). After...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds District Court Order Barring Telemarketers From Selling Mortgage And Debt Relief Programs

This month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a decision to uphold the District Court of Northern Ohio’s earlier ruling prohibiting the defendants from selling false mortgage assistance and debt relief...more

CFPB Wants to Publish Detailed Consumer Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed to publicly disclose details of consumer complaints filed through its web-based public consumer complaint database by including a consumer narrative of events that...more

Mortgage Lead Generator Will Pay $500,000 to Settle FTC Charges about False Ads

On September 12, a mortgage refinancing lead generator, Intermundo Media, LLC (doing business as Delta Prime Refinance), agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty, among other things, to settle the FTC’s allegations that the...more

Social Media Concerns Potentially Affecting Arizona’s Real Estate Industry

A growing number of governmental authorities are cracking down on the use of social media with regard to commercial transactions. In Arizona, for example, legislation was proposed restricting an employer’s right to access...more

The Brave New World of Consumer Compliance

Compliance has changed from a checklist-based, technical science to a principles-based, qualitative art. Gone are the days when an institution that is compliant with all substantive consumer protection laws can breathe easy;...more

CFPB Fines Online Mortgage Company And Its Owner For Alleged Deceptive Rate Advertising

On August 12, the CFPB announced a consent order with a nonbank mortgage lender, its affiliated appraisal management company (AMC), and the individual owner of both companies to resolve allegations that the lender deceptively...more

CFPB announces settlement with mortgage lender and its owner charged with “bait-and-switch” scheme

On August 12, the CFPB announced that it has issued a Consent Order under which Atlanta-based Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate appraisal management company, Nova Appraisal Management Company, and a principal and...more

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

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

“Operation Mis-Modification” Targets Foreclosure Relief Companies

The CFPB continues to ramp up its enforcement actions and its collaboration with state AG offices as part of the new “Operation Mis-Modification.” The CFPB, the FTC and fifteen states announced a series of lawsuits...more

SEC Decision Regarding TIC Advertisements Offers Broader Lessons About Providing Fair and Balanced Disclosures

Earlier this year, the SEC found that CapWest Securities, Inc., a defunct broker-dealer, had failed to comply with advertising rules in promoting investments that use Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (“1031...more

Federal Court Rejects Controversial Attempt To Expand Class Action Liability

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

Arkansas Amends Rules Regarding Fair Mortgage Lending Act

The Arkansas Securities Department (Department) recently amended provisions to the Rules of the Fair Mortgage Lending Act (Rules) that became effective on February 9, 2014. The new Rules concern the licensing of loan officers...more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 09, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

Financial Services Law -- Dec 06, 2013

#Badidea: JPMorgan Chase Stumbles on Twitter - JPMorgan Chase’s recent activity on Twitter provides an example of the need for financial institutions to use caution when using social media....more

Insurers, Beware Of Unnamed 3rd Parties' Hidden Rights

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

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #32

We are pleased to present the 32nd edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight cases addressing the scope of non-solicitation agreements, a challenge to Google’s...more

Financial Services Report - Quarterly News, Fall 2013

In This Issue: Beltway Report; Bureau Report; Privacy Report; Mobile Payments Report; Mortgage Report; Operations Report; Preemption Report; Arbitration Report; and TCPA Report. Excerpt from Beltway Report:...more

PA Tax Law News -- September 2013

In This Issue: Commonwealth Court Denies Manufacturing Exclusion to Service Provider; PA Telecom Gross Receipts Litigation Finally Moving; Philadelphia Property Owners Take Notice! Reassessment Appeal Deadline...more

FTC Settles First Mortgage Advertising Rule Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement of its first enforcement action under its Mortgage Acts and Practices - Advertising Final Rule (MAPR)....more

FTC Obtains Settlement Regarding Marketing Of Mortgage Refinancing Services To Servicemembers; Announces First Settlements In...

On June 27, the FTC announced that a mortgage broker will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and Mortgage Acts and Practices – Advertising Rule (MAP...more

'Do Not Call' Violations Lead to $7.5 Million Civil Penalty

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Mortgage Investors Corporation of Ohio, Inc. (“Mortgage Investors”) will pay a $7.5 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the...more

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