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FTC announces streamlining initiatives

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC issued a press release earlier this week in which it stated that it is “moving aggressively to implement Presidential directives aimed at eliminating wasteful, unnecessary regulations and processes.” ...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Municipal Debt Collector Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

by Goodwin on

?On March 24, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it entered into a consent order with a debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in unfair and abusive debt collection...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

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Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

by Goodwin on

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

FTC Settles with Remaining Defendant in Alleged Mortgage Scam Case

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On February 21, 2017, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a stipulated order as to the final defendant in an alleged mortgage-relief scam. The court had entered judgment against the...more

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FTC Reaches $1.7 Million Settlement with Final Defendant in Mortgage Relief Scheme

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On February 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it entered into a settlement with the final individual defendant in an alleged mortgage relief scheme worth over $1.7 million. As a result of a...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2016 debt collection activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2016.  The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

FTC sends 2016 ECOA report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has sent its annual letter to the CFPB reporting on the FTC’s activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B. The FTC has authority to enforce the ECOA and Reg B as to...more

FTC Announces Changes at the Helm of the Bureau of Consumer Protection; Thomas Pahl to Take Over as Acting Bureau Director...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission Maureen Ohlhausen announced today that Thomas Pahl – a current partner at Arnall Golden Gregory with significant experience at both the FTC and the Consumer Financial Protection...more

Corporate E-Note - January 2017

by Burr & Forman on

The IRS has announced it will begin treating certain syndicated conservation easement transactions and “substantially similar” transactions as “listed transactions.” Notice 2017-20 published on December 23, 2016 (the...more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds that trigger...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017 #2

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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

FTC Secures $19.4 Million in Judgments Over Mortgage Relief Scheme

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On January 11, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had agreed to two stipulated orders with individuals who participated in an alleged fraudulent mortgage relief scheme. According to the FTC, the...more

FTC Files Lawsuit Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

by Goodwin on

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against one individual and affiliated companies, alleging that they sold...more

CFPB’s national debt collection consumer survey findings lays groundwork for future enforcement and rulemaking priorities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Early yesterday, the CFPB released the findings of its national debt collection consumer survey. Both the headline of the CFPB’s press release and Director Cordray’s remarks highlight the survey’s finding that “over...more

Trump transition team releases names of additional CFPB landing team members

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Trump transition team has released the names of three more individuals who will be members of the CFPB landing team.  “Landing teams” are members of the incoming president’s transition team tasked with gathering...more

Financial Conduct Authority probes competition in the mortgage sector

by Bryan Cave on

On 12th December 2016 the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) launched a market study into the residential mortgage market to ascertain whether competition in that market is working as well as it could and to identify...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Not a Bar to Payday Lending Enforcement Action, California Supreme Court Rules

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In a state enforcement action alleging violations of California's lending law and seeking to enjoin continued lending to state residents, the California Supreme Court has ruled that the two tribally affiliated entities that...more

Prepaid Card Company Deceived Consumers, FTC Alleges in New Suit

A prepaid card company deceived consumers about their access to funds that were deposited on their cards, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a new complaint, seeking injunctive relief and restitution for consumers....more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2016

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Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

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