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California Court Tosses Challenge to Gap Outlet Labels

In a victory for outlet retailers, a California appellate panel recently tossed out a deceptive marketing and advertising suit against Gap....more

Seasoned Litigator Nominated to Replace Commissioner Robinson and Establish Republican Majority at CPSC

Yesterday, President Trump announced his nomination of Dana Baiocco to be a Republican Commissioner on the Consumer Product Safety Commission. If confirmed, Ms. Baiocco would take the seat of Commissioner Robinson, whose term...more

Don’t Fall for a Scam: Trademark Owners Targeted

Owners of federal trademark registrations and applications have been continuously targeted by scam artists who pull owner names from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database and contact these owners...more

Footlong Litigation to Continue, Despite Settlement Dismissal

The saga over Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches will continue, a group of former plaintiffs vowed in a court filing after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit threw out a settlement agreement between the parties....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

Update on The CFPB’s Enforcement Case against Ocwen Financial Corporation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Ocwen Financial Corporation (Ocwen) is one of the country’s largest nonbank mortgage loan servicers, and it has had its hands full the last six months. On April 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed an...more

Maryland’s New Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage Law: How it will affect consumers, producers and insurance companies

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In 1975, Maryland, recognizing the importance of protecting victims of uninsured or underinsured motorists, began requiring that every private automobile insurance policy issued, sold or delivered in Maryland contain...more

FTC’s ‘Stick with Security’ Series Carries On

Continuing with its “Stick with Security” series of blog posts for businesses, the Federal Trade Commission worked its way through several more items found in the “Start with Security” guidance....more

Equifax Breach: What Can the Hackers Do with Your Information and How Can You Protect Yourself?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Equifax breach is not the biggest in terms of the number of people affected (the 2016 Yahoo breach compromised data associated with over 500 million user accounts compared to the 143 million people affected by the Equifax...more

CFPB finalizes alignment of Regulation B and Regulation C requirements regarding collection of consumer ethnicity and race...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 21, the CFPB finalized its proposal to amend Regulation B requirements related to the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information, in order to resolve the differences between Regulation B and revised...more

Getting Closer: Progress on Nominations for CPSC Chairman and Commissioner

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Yesterday, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Dana Baiocco as CPSC Commissioner. If confirmed, Ms. Baiocco would replace Commissioner Marietta Robinson when her term expires on October 27, and would serve a...more

CPSC Announces Intent to Restrict Halogenated Flame Retardants in Consumer Products

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to form an advisory panel and begin drafting a rule to restrict the use of halogenated flame retardants in four consumer product categories: children’s...more

When Ripples Become Waves: The Equifax Cybersecurity Incident

Since September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of three credit rating agencies in the United States, has been dealing with the fallout from one of the largest (known) data breaches of personal information, putting 143 million...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Illinois Attorney General Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018; Democrats Scott Drury and Kwame Raoul Announce Bid for Seat- Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, announced on her campaign website that she will...more

Financial Services Report - Fall 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - Through hurricanes, wild fires, the publication of Hillary Clinton’s book, the birth of Amal and George Clooney’s twins, and the Dodgers’ historic losing streak, Director Richard Cordray and the CFPB’s...more

Leading on Leads? CFPB Takes Action Against Online Lead Aggregators

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or “the Bureau”) announced that it has taken action against an online lead aggregator. The allegations revolved around the company’s selling personal...more

A First Time for Everything—CFPB Issues Its First No-Action Letter

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or the “Bureau”) recently announced the issuance of its first no-action letter (“NAL”) to Upstart Network, Inc. (“Upstart”), a San Carlos, California-based online lending...more

CFPB Makes HMDA Data Sharing Proposal

by MoFo Reenforcement on

The CFPB announced on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, proposed guidance to limit the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data it shares publicly. The Bureau’s 2015 HMDA amendments revamped HMDA’s coverage and processes,...more

Wheels Are Turning on Federal Self-Driving Policy

One year ago, the federal government test drove its first set of self-driving policies with a four-part announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation. In twelve months, much has changed, but the wheels are still...more

Protecting Your Identity After a Data Breach

by Jones Day on

In light of recent high-profile breaches of highly sensitive data, this is a good time to remind individuals of how to protect their identity and credit information....more

The Data Report Special Edition: The Equifax Data Breach

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Litigation attorney Jay Ward explores the massive Equifax data breach, which has affected as many as 143 million Americans, in this special edition of The Data Report. Jay summarizes what happened, explains the ramifications...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. Federal banking agencies are seeking public comment on their proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a small...more

It’s About Context: CFPB Wins Bench Trial Against Third Party Servicer for Deceptive Advertising

by Goodwin on

On September 8, 2017, a judge in the Northern District California assessed a statutory penalty of $7,930,000 against Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. (Nationwide) and issued an injunction prohibiting further deceptive...more

Second Circuit Dismisses FACTA Class Action Under Spokeo

by BakerHostetler on

The Second Circuit’s Sept. 19, 2017 decision in Katz v. The Donna Karan Company, LLC, et al., Dkt. No. 15-464, has potentially provided a new road map to defeating class actions alleging statutory damages for bare procedural...more

Court denies restitution sought by CFPB in lawsuit against biweekly mortgage payment companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In another recent defeat for the CFPB, a California federal district court refused to award restitution sought by the CFPB in its lawsuit filed in May 2015 against two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment...more

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