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CFPB Director Cordray Emphasizes Major Changes Coming to the Debt Collection Marketplace; Bradley Analysis Coming Soon

As noted previously, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an outline on July 28, 2016, of proposed debt collection rules intended to “drastically overhaul the debt collection market.” Earlier this week,...more

DOT Releases New Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) issued a new federal policy (“Policy”) for self-driving vehicles, aiming to guide the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicle technologies that...more

Can Antitrust Prevent Excessive Drug Price Increases?

The antitrust agencies are often asked to intervene in markets where pricing appears to be excessive to help protect consumers and stabilize markets. In the drug arena, healthcare providers, consumers and politicians have...more

International Comity and Deference: A Foreign Government with Final Say When Interpreting its Own Laws

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit in In Re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation vacated a $147 million award against two Chinese companies for engaging in anti-competitive behavior. At issue was how a federal court should respond...more

Prop. 65 Conference Focuses on Compliance With New Warning and Settlement Regulations

The Prop. 65 Clearinghouse held its annual conference in San Francisco recently, and the speakers and panelists had a number of recommendations for both retailers and manufacturers following the adoption of Proposition 65’s...more

CFPB announces enforcement actions against auto title lenders

The CFPB announced that it has filed administrative enforcement actions against five Arizona auto title lenders for alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act advertising requirements. According to the CFPB, the lenders...more

HUD expands fair housing liability to include LEP discrimination

Last week, HUD issued new guidance confirming that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). LEP includes a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. ...more

“Follow the Lead” Recap: FTC Summarizes Takeaways from Workshop on Lead Generation

The FTC released last week a paper summarizing and reflecting on its October 30, 2015 public workshop, “Follow the Lead,” which we previously discussed here and focused on lead generation practices and related privacy and...more

Health Update - September 2016

The Election’s Impact on Healthcare: Preparing for Potential Scenarios - Editor’s Note: Election 2016 will have a major impact on federal and state healthcare policy. To be prepared for all the possibilities, it’s...more

CFPB builds case for ECOA protection for gender identity and sexual orientation

While CFPB officials have suggested in public remarks that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of “sex” includes discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, a...more

Taking Measure of HIPAA Enforcement

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the largest settlement to date for alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)....more

New York DFS Proposes New Cybersecurity Regulations

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) announced proposed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions. This proposal is, according to Governor Cuomo, a “new...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2016

Editor’s Note - So much for summer! The weather is cooling, the kids are back to school, and we better not see you wearing white so long after Labor Day! For those of you having a little trouble getting back in the...more

To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate? Groups Comment on CFPB Proposal

As the deadline for input nears, stakeholders on both sides of the issue filed comments weighing in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB or the Bureau) proposal on arbitration....more

Federal and State Authorities Take First Steps Toward Regulating Blockchain, Mobile Banking and Digital Financial Services

Last week, federal and state lawmakers took significant steps toward specific regulations targeting digital financial technology, mobile banking and cybersecurity, signaling the possibility of wholesale changes to the legal...more

TCPA Connect - September 2016

SPECIAL FOCUS: Responses to Retail Webinar Attendee Questions - During our hugely successful “Avoiding TCPA Pitfalls: Essential Guidance for Retailers” webinar this summer, we received dozens of questions from attendees,...more

CFPB Allies and Opponents Clash Over Arbitration Proposal

The CFPB's recently-announced proposal to limit arbitration clauses in consumer finance contracts has drawn thousands of comments from groups and individuals on both sides of this issue. The deadline for submitting comments...more

FDA Mandates Black Box Warnings For Opioids And Benzodiazepines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently decided to require so-called “black box warnings” on nearly 400 products, warning of the risks of combining certain opioid medications and central nervous system depressants...more

The CFPB's Latest: Student Loans and Fix-It Forms

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken two actions that are worthy of note. First, the Student Loan Ombudsman released his mid-year report, in which he focused his attention on complaints about servicer activity...more

Update on the J.G. Wentworth CID Fight

Earlier this summer we wrote about the challenge by J.G. Wentworth, LLC to the CFPB's jurisdictional reach. Now, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America has asked that it be allowed to file an amicus brief in...more

CFPB Wants to Share Its Confidential Information with the World

On August 24, 2016, the CFPB published proposed amendments to broaden its ability to share confidential information with agencies. If the proposed rule is finalized, the CFPB would be permitted to share information with...more

Happy Fifth Birthday, CFPB: It's Time for Your Check-Up

This past July marked the five year anniversary of the CFPB. The industry has accumulated a laundry list of criticism for the regulator including the practice of regulation through enforcement, lack of issued guidance, an...more

Payment Processer Challenges CFPB’s Allegation That It Engaged in Unfair Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) lawsuit against payment processor Intercept Corporation remains pending, and recent briefing sheds light on what could result in broad implications for the payment...more

Beyond “Clear and Conspicuous”: FTC Workshop Highlights Issues Related to Testing of Consumer Disclosures

On advertisements, websites, and legal documents, disclosures are everywhere. But how do consumers notice, understand, and use disclosures in their decision-making? And how can businesses and advertisers effectively design...more

Cruise Line to Pay up to $76 Million to Settle TCPA Violations

Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., The Berkley Group Inc., and Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours, Inc. settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action last week for up to $76 million (and not less than $56 million)....more

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