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FTC announces coordinated enforcement initiative with state AGs targeting student loan debt relief providers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Friday, as expected, the FTC announced the launch of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief companies. ...more

FTC targets student loan debt relief companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent flurry of FTC enforcement activity targeting companies offering student loan debt relief services suggests such companies could be the subject of the announcement scheduled for tomorrow “of a major coordinated...more

The FTC Case against EquiFax Inc.

by Revision Legal on

In early September of 2017, it was reported that Equifax Inc., one of the country’s three leading credit reporting services, was subject to a cyberattack that resulted in the access by the hackers of financial and personal...more

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay,...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Antitrust- Washington Attorney General Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Health Care Providers Over Alleged Price-Fixing- Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against health care providers Franciscan Health System...more

DC AG Announces Judgment Against Student Debt Relief Provider

by Goodwin on

?On August 24, 2017, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (D.C. AG) announced that his office won a judgment in the D.C. Superior Court against a debt relief provider and its owners. The DC AG alleged that the...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Summer 2017

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., US Supreme Court, May 1, 2007 - Plaintiff Helmerich & Payne (H&P), a supplier of drilling equipment, sued Venezuela to obtain compensation...more

“GLB” and What it Means for Auto Dealers

by Fisher Phillips on

Developing an information security program is good business, and for auto dealers that are considered “financial institutions” under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLB) it is the law. As part of the GLB, the Federal Trade...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Department of Labor (DOL) filed a Notice of Administrative Action seeking to delay the Fiduciary Rule until July 2019; federal banking agencies issued guidance on the capital treatment of...more

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Regulators from the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota (“Participating States”) have entered into a settlement agreement with three affiliated debt collection companies to settle...more

FTC Uses Consumer Complaints to Combat Alleged Robocalls

by Goodwin on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is using consumer complaints in its effort to quell alleged illegal robocalls. On September 1, 2009, the FTC issued rules prohibiting robocalls made without a consumer’s prior written...more

FTC enforcement under new leadership to focus on consumer harm, fraud

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Based on a Law360 article reporting on an interview with Thomas Paul, the Acting Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, it appears that under its new leadership, the FTC will take a less aggressive approach to...more

FTC proposes using Internet panel for class action notice study

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As part of its “Class Action Fairness Project,” the FTC is seeking comment on its plans to use an Internet panel to conduct research on class action notices. According to the FTC’s Federal Register notice, the project...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Advertising Law - July 2017

Court Rules That ADA Applies to Website - In what is believed to be the first court to hold a trial on the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a retailer’s website, a federal court judge in...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Antitrust- FTC, North Dakota Attorney General Challenge Acquisition of Health Care Provider- The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem filed a joint complaint in federal district court...more

FTC Brings Suit Against Debt Collector for “Phantom Debts”

by Goodwin on

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced?? that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against a North Carolina debt collection company and its...more

Lost in the woods? Special treatment for the press, cooperative and savings bank associations and the timber industry in German...

by Hogan Lovells on

Current legislative changes in the German Competition Act and the Federal Forest Act bring a set of new antitrust exemptions. We briefly present them in our blog...more

FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Sgt. Peppers at 50: She’s Leaving Home and Barclays Bank

by Thomas Fox on

It has unquestionably been a difficult year for Barclays. Whether any of its former executives will face any jail time for their actions back in the 2008 financial crisis is an open question. As for current bank chief Staley,...more

FTC Provides 2016 Enforcement Report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2016 relating to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending Act), Regulation...more

Prepaid Card Company to Pay $53M to Settle FTC Charges

A prepaid card company agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $53 million to settle charges that the company tricked consumers about access to their funds....more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Happy New Year! While we acknowledge that it’s nearly summer now, this issue of Roundup includes case highlights from the first quarter of 2017. The year kicked off with more activity than the last quarter of 2016, with cases...more

FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching “Worthless” Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

by Goodwin on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017

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Editor's Note - Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Powers. On June 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission that disgorgement in a Securities and Exchange...more

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