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NJ Appellate Division Refuses Ascertainability Analysis in “Low-Value” Consumer Class Actions

Action Item: The New Jersey Appellate Division for the first time reviews the rapidly developing ascertainability doctrine and holds that the doctrine does not apply to low value consumer fraud class actions, setting the...more

Tailoring the Suit: Plaintiffs File Amended Complaint in Nordstrom Rack Price-Tag False Advertising Lawsuit

Nordstrom Rack has recently found itself at the center of an unwelcome suit over its labeling practices. Nordstrom Rack discloses the savings it offers customers by placing “compare at” labels on its price tags which show two...more

CFPB Files Proposed Consent Orders Related to Wireless Billing Practices

On May 12, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) filed proposed consent orders in federal courts that would settle allegations that two wireless carriers unfairly permitted their customers to be charged...more

CFPB: Military Allotment Processor to Pay More Than $3M

Why it matters - A military allotment processor will pay $3.065 million for charging servicemembers millions of dollars in hidden, recurring fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced. Fort...more

Mortgage Servicing and Unfair Trade Practices

When can mortgage servicing and related debt-collection activities violate N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1? Two recent cases provide some answers....more

ABA Meeting Sheds Light on UDAAP Priorities and CFPB’s Project Catalyst Initiative

A team of DWT payments lawyers attended the ABA Business Law Section’s spring meeting in San Francisco last week. Adam Maarec from our Washington, DC office moderated a lively roundtable titled A Roadmap for Credit Card...more

CFPB Targets Another Mortgage Lender for Deceptive Advertising

The CFPB has announced the settlement of an enforcement action against a California-based mortgage lender for alleged deceptive advertising practices, including the use of advertisements that the CFPB claimed falsely led...more

CMS Fines Insurer for Misleading Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

The federal agency that oversees Medicare’s prescription drug program has alleged that a major U.S. insurance company misled beneficiaries about the pharmacies included in the company’s drug plan, and imposed a $1 million...more

CFPB announces settlement with processors of military allotments

The CFPB has announced a settlement with two companies that processed military allotments and were alleged to have charged fees to servicemembers that the companies failed to adequately disclose. The consent order requires...more

FCRA Preemption: Is Guidance on the Way from the 11th Circuit?

FCRA preemption of state law claims against furnishers of credit information is anything but a settled legal issue. For better or worse, guidance may be on the way soon from the Eleventh Circuit. This is a subject that cannot...more

An Atypical View of Causation and Harm from South Carolina

We have had some time now to ruminate over the South Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in State of South Carolina ex rel. Wilson v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 2012-206987, 2015 WL 775094 (S.C. Feb. 25,...more

CFPB Updates - March 2015

CFPB Report Claims Arbitration “Less Beneficial To Consumers” than Individual or Class Litigation, Foreshadows Attempt to Impose Restrictions in Future - On March 10, Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial...more

Incentivized Reviews Without Disclosure Get Panned by FTC

In the latest iteration of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approach to testimonials and endorsements in the context of online advertising, the Commission alleged that AmeriFreight, a company that arranges the shipment of...more

Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs...more

Helpful Treatises on Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Someday, you’ll have an issue under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 that needs in-depth research—perhaps comparisons to similar bodies of law in other jurisdictions. Diving straight into the hundreds of court decisions under section...more

Cartels - Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions: Taiwan

Cartel law and enforcement regime – The governing law for competition enforcement activity in Taiwan is the Taiwan Fair Trade Act (“TFTA”). The TFTA was enacted in February 1991 and has been amended several times,...more

Proposed Settlement Would Shut Down “Sham Credit Card” for Good

Union Workers Credit Services (UWCS) doesn’t offer open-ended credit services and isn’t affiliated with union workers, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Back in December, the Bureau sued UWCS, alleging...more

"CFPB Defines 'Unfair,' 'Deceptive' and 'Abusive' Practices Through Enforcement Activity"

Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors in July 2011, it has aggressively pursued enforcement actions against a wide range of consumer financial services providers. Although the Dodd-Frank Act...more

The CFPB & UDAAP: A “Know It When You See It” Standard?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) continued and expanded reliance on its sweeping authority to prohibit unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) continues to command the attention of financial...more

Cybersecurity Risks Are Higher than Ever and Are Proving Costly

Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for companies. Last April, the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) published the 2014 information security breaches survey: technical report. The report comprises the...more

District Court Rules Online Agreement Does Not Bind Customers to Unknown Future Contract Terms

On December 10, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment in a class action suit filed against a large grocery chain. Plaintiff claims that the...more

CFPB Enforcement Data Reveals Increased UDAAP Focus, Willingness to Litigate

In conjunction with a forthcoming survey on the CFPB’s UDAAP enforcement actions and our UDAAP enforcement action database, we generated data to analyze all of the CFPB’s enforcement activity since the agency came into...more

NY regulator settles lawsuit filed using Dodd-Frank authority

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit filed by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority. Section 1042 allows state attorneys...more

CFPB settles with military base retailer and related companies for alleged unlawful debt collection practices

As part of this week’s flurry of enforcement-related announcements, the CFPB announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed jointly with the Attorneys General of North Carolina and Virginia against Freedom Stores, Inc....more

Student Debt Relief Services Slapped with TSR and UDAAP Claims

On December 11, 2014, the CFPB filed two actions against debt relief companies. Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief, Consumer Fin. Prot. Bureau v. IrvineWebWorks, Inc., No. 8:14-cv-1967 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 11,...more

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