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Lender Risk Management for Bankruptcy Stay Violations

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a bankruptcy case highlights a risk to consumer lenders and suggests a practical approach to risk management through clear policies and employee...more

When Can a Debt Collector Contact My Employer or Family?

A common tactic used by debt collectors is to contact your friends, family or to call you at work. The debt collectors fully understand that this humiliates you and puts you in fear of losing your job. And because you want...more

SID is Coming, But Who Will Be Ready to Greet Him?

Congress directed the CFPB to enact a rule that would combine mandatory mortgage-related Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) consumer disclosures into one “single integrated...more

Be Careful Who You Hire To Make Those Calls! Ninth Circuit Takes Expansive View of Vicarious Liability under the TCPA

A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit took an expansive view of vicarious liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment, the court in Gomez v. Campbell...more

Article 29 Working Party Discusses the Right to be Forgotten

On 18 September 2014, the European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party published a press release outlining its recent plenary session discussions on the so-called “right to be forgotten” or “de-listed.”...more

Mobile apps – increasing privacy transparency is on top of your to-do list!

As previously announced, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) recently released the results of the global privacy sweep of mobile applications it conducted in May 2014....more

Misleading and aggressive commercial practices: new rights of consumer redress

Executive summary: ..From 1 October 2014, consumers will have a new right of direct action against traders who engage in misleading or aggressive commercial practices...more

FTC Launches “Operation Full Disclosure” in Advertising Review

On September 23, 2014, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its launch of “Operation Full Disclosure” – an effort to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in advertising. According to the FTC’s press release,...more

Dispatch from NYC: Annual National Advertising Division (NAD) Conference is in Full Swing

The National Advertising Division is holding its annual conference this week in New York, and Foley Hoag is in attendance for what many consider to be the leading conference of its kind. Day One saw an impressive line-up of...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - October 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Market Infrastructure - Funds - Enforcement - People...more

Class Actions Enter into Force in France as of 1st October 2014

The French Government decree allows accredited consumer associations to launch class actions. On 24 September 2014, the French Government enacted a decree implementing the class action mechanism created by the “Loi...more

FTC Announces Settlements Against Debt Collection Practice And Its Principles

On September 23, the Federal Trade Commission released a statement announcing the settlement of claims and a default judgment against a debt collection operation based out of Atlanta and Cleveland and its principles, barring...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - Home Depot Data Breach — Lawsuits, Calls to Action and Lessons Learned - Skadden Participates in FBI Cyber-Intelligence Workshop - FTC Explores Impact of ‘Big Data’ on American...more

CFPB seeking approval for field study of Owning a Home project

The CFPB has published a notice stating that as part of its Owning a Home project, it plans to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct a field study of the project. The project consists of a various...more

Defense Department Proposes Expansion of Military Lending Act Regulations

The Department of Defense (DoD) has issued a proposal to revise and significantly expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). The proposed revisions would limit interest charged to...more

5 Reasons Consumers Should Sue Abusive Debt Collectors Under the FDCPA

Despite popular belief that Americans are a litigious bunch always looking for a good lawsuit, I haven’t experienced this in my law practice in Arizona. Particularly when it comes to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Collection Practices Plaintiffs Try End Run Around Florida Punitive Damages Laws

In Florida, debtor-side attorneys are asserting a novel legal argument to bring punitive damages claims at an earlier stage, pursuant to the civil remedies section of Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act, Section...more

Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again ...more

GPEN Publishes Privacy Sweep Results

On 10 September 2014, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) published the results of its privacy enforcement survey or “sweep” carried out earlier in 2014 with respect to popular mobile apps. The results of the sweep...more

CFPB announces new Project Catalyst project

The CFPB has announced a new project as part of its Project Catalyst initiative, which the CFPB describes as ”designed to encourage consumer-friendly developments in markets for consumer financial products and services.” The...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

Completed Condominium Units to be Exempted from ILSA Registration Requirements

A bill exempting completed residential condominium units from the burdensome registration provisions of the Interstate Land Sales Act (“ILSA”) was passed by the U.S. Senate on September 18, 2014, after earlier passage by the...more

NJ Supreme Court: Consumer Contract Arbitration Clauses are Unenforceable Unless Consumers Are Clearly Notified that Court Redress...

Arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are unenforceable in New Jersey unless they specifically state that a consumer is waiving the right to pursue statutory and constitutional remedies in court, the New Jersey Supreme...more

FTC Warns Advertisers to Check the Fine Print in “Operation Full Disclosure”; Shot Across the Bow Could Signal Law Enforcement...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that it sent warning letters to more than 60 national advertisers regarding the inadequacy of disclosures in their television and print ads. The letters are part of an...more

FTC Comments on the CFPB’s Foray into Mobile Financial Services, Emphasizing Its Extensive Consumer Protection Efforts in the...

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in response to the CFPB’s June 2014 request for information...more

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