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OCC Issues Consent Order against Citizens Bank for Deposit Reconciliation Practices

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) has entered into a consent order with Citizens Bank, National Association (the “Bank”), finding that the Bank’s deposit reconciliation practices constituted unfair and...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #3

Ad Group to FTC: Keep Right to Be Forgotten Out of U.S. - Responding to a petition filed by Consumer Watchdog with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an expansion of the “Right to Be Forgotten” to the United States,...more

DoD Releases Final Military Lending Act Regulations

The Department of Defense (DoD) released its final rule amending the implementing regulations of the Military Lending Act (MLA), incorporating a broader range of credit products under its coverage and potentially implicating...more

FTC Closing Letter Provides Good Data Security Reminder

Last week, the FTC sent a closing letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) relating to the agency’s investigation over whether Morgan Stanley engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by failing to...more

Court Revives Antitrust Suit Against MasterCard, Visa, Three Banks

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing MasterCard, Visa and three major banks of illegally fixing ATM prices to the detriment of consumers. A federal district judge had thrown out the lawsuit in 2013 after...more

FTC Announces Action Against Data Brokers for Fraud Allegations, Settles with Three Defendants

On August 12, the FTC announced an action against a data broker enterprise for violations of the FTC Act. The FTC’s complaint alleges that, from at least 2011 to 2013, the data broker enterprise (i) sold payday loan...more

Limited Liability Company Can Sue as “Person” Under FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Rules

A limited liability company is a “person” that can file a lawsuit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled. In Anarion Investments LLC v. Carrington...more

FTC Settles with Operators of Alleged Credit Repair Scheme

On August 4, the FTC announced a settlement with a California-based company and its employees for allegedly violating the FTC Act and the Credit Repair Organizations Act. According to the associated complaint filed by the FTC...more

FTC refunds consumers for telemarketing scam

The FTC recently announced that it is sending more than $969,000 to 10,387 customers who were bilked out of their funds through a telemarketing scam operated by Innovative Wealth Builders (IWB)....more

CFPB to participate in Dallas FTC debt collection program

The CFPB will be participating in the FTC’s second “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 29, 2015. Gregory Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to be a...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

Antitrust and Competition - European Court Confirms Commission’s Jurisdiction for Fighting International Cartels On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) upheld the EUR 288 million fine...more

Arizona Leads Nation in Defaulting on Student Loans

Congratulations Arizona, you are the best. You’re the best at being the worst!! I have admit that I borrowed that phrase from an ex-drill sergeant who was reprehending me for something I had done that was incorrect and it has...more

Add-On Products Continue To Present Litigation Risks For Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent action against two credit card vendors regarding credit monitoring and identity theft protection services is a reminder of the legal risks associated with certain add-on...more

FCA's Competition Law Concurrency Guidance

Since 1 April 2015, the UK financial services community has awaited with some trepidation the use by the FCA of its new "concurrent competition law powers". These enable the FCA to investigate and sanction companies for...more

FTC Takes Its First Action Against Crowdfunding Site

As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) targets more FinTech (new and emerging financial technology) under the banner of protecting consumers from deceptive trade practices, the Commission finally turned its attention to the...more

FTC Bans Owners of Online Payday Lending Operations from Consumer Lending Industry

On July 7, the FTC entered into settlement agreements with two individuals and the entities they operate seeking to permanently restrict them from doing business in the consumer lending industry. According to the FTC’s...more

FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

OCC Fines National Bank for Alleged Unfair Billing Practices

On June 19, the OCC released recent enforcement actions taken against national banks, federal savings associations, and individuals currently or formerly affiliated with national banks and federal savings associations. Among...more

FTC follows in CFPB footsteps with GLBA privacy notices

The FTC recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor vehicle dealers to notify...more

FTC Follows in CFPB Footsteps with GLBA Privacy Notices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor...more

FTC Announces First Action Involving Crowdfunding

Last week, the FTC announced its first legal action involving crowdfunding. For those of you who don’t know, crowdfunding is the practice of raising money for a project by seeking contributions from a large number of people,...more

FTC Provides Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to CFPB and Federal Reserve

On June 9, the FTC announced that it has provided to the CFPB its 2014 Annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report. The report highlights the FTC’s enforcement, research, rulemaking, and policy development activities with...more

FTC provides 2014 enforcement report to CFPB

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2014 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), Regulation M...more

CFPB to participate in debt collection program with FTC and NY regulators

The CFPB will be participating in a “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be hosted by the FTC and the New York AG on June 15, 2015 in Buffalo, NY. Greg Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to...more

RadioShack bankruptcy court approves sale of personal information collected by debtor

Earlier this year, an affiliate of the hedge fund Standard General LP assumed more than 1,700 RadioShack® store leases in an auction sale in the electronics retailer’s bankruptcy. Standard General reportedly plans to partner...more

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