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You Should Know - January 2017

People now spend more time online than watching television. And the top destinations are social media sites like Facebook. This month we look at the consequences of sharing too much personal information on social media and...more

Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

Editor's Note - In This Issue.The SEC and FINRA released their examination priorities for 2017; the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued an interpretative letter that would permit brokers to charge their own...more

Do Routine Calls by Health Plans to Patients and Health Plan Members Constitute “Telemarketing” Under the Telephone Consumer...

Covered entities have a long list of laws and regulations governing their conduct, including their communications with patients, customers, and members. Specifically, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act...more

Stage Set for Ninth Circuit to Weigh in on “True Lender” Test

On January 3, 2017, the Central District of California issued an order in CFPB v. CashCall, Inc., No. 2:15-cv-07522 (C.D. Cal.) allowing the defendants to request an interlocutory appeal of its August 31, 2016, decision...more

CFPB previews company portal update

The CFPB has released an overview of an updated online company portal for viewing and responding to consumer complaints that it plans to launch in early 2017. The overview is intended to serve “only as a first glance at...more

DOL Issues Additional Interpretative Guidance on New Fiduciary Rule

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued the second in a planned three-part set of FAQs on its new fiduciary rule. (For details on the fiduciary rule, see our prior Alert, and for details on the...more

Enough is Enough: Court Dismisses TCPA Class Action Against A Health Plan That Placed Reminder Calls To Its Members That They...

Plaintiffs across the country have continued to file class actions against companies of all stripe for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), often for communications far afield from the classic...more

PHMSA Adjusts Incident Reporting in Response to Public Comment

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently revised submission requirements for incident reporting by operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. While the December 27, 2016 notice appears...more

Democratic leadership plans to oppose change in CFPB structure

As Inauguration Day approaches, the rhetoric about the CFPB’s future continues to heat up.  American Banker reported that, on a conference call with reporters earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stated...more

Case Halted: California Court Denies Class Certification in Ford Defective Steering Case

On December 22, 2016, a federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of California denied certification of three proposed classes of statewide consumers who purchased or leased certain Ford Fusion or Ford Focus...more

Federal district court certifies interlocutory appeal in CFPB lawsuit against CashCall

The California federal district court judge who is presiding over the CFPB’s lawsuit against CashCall and several related companies that funded, purchased, serviced, and collected online installment loans has granted the...more

Implementing a Compliant Successor in Interest Confirmation Process Will Pose Significant Challenges for Mortgage Servicers

Arguably the most significant element of the recent amendments to the existing mortgage servicing regulatory framework by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the new structure that has been laid out for dealing...more

Will Trump Relax DOJ's Enforcement of Antitrust Laws?

The Obama Administration has made enforcement of the antitrust laws a priority and has aggressively pursued criminal and civil enforcement actions against large corporations for perceived antitrust violations relating to...more

TCPA Connect - January 2017

A California federal court judge issued a pair of rulings resulting in a split decision for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant Dick's Sporting Goods. Although the court denied the national retailer's motion to...more

NY DFS’s Revised Cybersecurity Rules Are More Flexible, Still Mandatory For Banks And Financial Institutions

On December 28, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) issued a revised version of its proposed cybersecurity rule for banks, insurers, money service businesses, and regulated virtual currency operators...more

FDA Adverse-Event Reports Go Public

Years of adverse-event reports documenting problems associated with compromised food, dangerous drugs and harmful cosmetics are now available to the public. The information can be obtained, free of charge, via a downloadable...more

What You Need To Know About the FDA’s Guidance on Postmarket Cybersecurity

The FDA released its final Guidance on Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices during the week between Christmas and New Year. You can link to a full copy here, and we gave you our detailed take on the draft...more

FDA bans powdered gloves in human, animal medicine

Effective Jan. 18, 2017, the federal Food and Drug Administration has, by implementation of a final rule, banned the use of powdered gloves by a physician when treating humans or animals. Powdered gloves are now added to the...more

“Primed” to Read about Data Privacy? The Sedona Conference Has a New Primer for You: eDiscovery Best Practices

The proliferation of data in our society today makes the task of protecting sensitive and private data more challenging than ever. Without a doubt, privacy and data protection laws have evolved quite a bit over the past...more

Constitutional Standing Provides Fertile Battleground In Data Breach Litigation

A common and understandable concern of companies that suffer a data breach is whether the victims can sue the company. It is tempting to assume that the victims won’t sue if they do not suffer identity theft or monetary loss...more

CFPB Issues First Ever Debt Collection Survey on Its Path to Regulating the Industry

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau") released findings of a survey (the "Survey") on consumer views on debt and the debt collection process. The Survey takes aim at not only third party debt...more

Cybersecurity Incident Response: Who You Gonna Call?

Who should you call when you suspect, or are certain of, a data breach? Data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents have become of a fact of life. Yahoo! recently disclosed that data for over one billion users was...more

FDCPA’s “Least Sophisticated Consumer” May Still Have Commonsense

Late December, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit), in Lovegrove v. Ocwen Home Loans Srvs., upheld summary judgment in favor of a mortgage servicer against allegations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

The Intersection of Bankruptcy, Debt Collection and the Supreme Court

For years the interplay between the Bankruptcy Code and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has vexed creditors and courts alike, leading to a split among the circuits as to whether the Bankruptcy Code preempts the...more

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