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Economic regulation in the face of declining demand

by DLA Piper on

Overview of decision - On 28 March 2016, the Federal Court dismissed Telstra's appeal against the ACCC's October 2015 decision setting the prices for fixed line telecommunications services. In upholding the ACCC's...more

Divided D.C. Circuit panel denies injunction blocking CFPB CID

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit, in a divided decision, denied a motion for an emergency injunction pending appeal filed by a company seeking to halt all CFPB action adverse to the company, including enforcement of a CID and disclosure of...more

Parties in PHH Case Argue the Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decision

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the latest development in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), PHH and the Bureau have both filed letters addressed to the D.C. Circuit arguing over the impact of a recent Supreme Court decision on the...more

CFPB’s Proposal Marks Government’s Latest - and Largest - Step Regulating Arbitration Clauses

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week at a field hearing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a proposed rule that would prohibit providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

Asset Finance & Leasing Newsletter

by Locke Lord LLP on

New GAP Insurance Rules - The FCA published new rules in June governing the sale of addon Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance. The rules came into force on 1 September 2015 and apply to commercial customers as well...more

A Signed Declaration Of Age Card Is Not The Only Defense To Prosecution For Selling Alcoholic Beverages To A Minor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The verification process of having purchasers complete a declaration of age card is overly burdensome on the licensee, especially at busy nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants. The licensee must weigh valid customer demands...more

CPSC Maxes Out and Obtains Record $15.45 Million Civil Penalty

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Good Friday was not so good for Gree Electric Appliances, Inc., because the CPSC announced that it had reached a record-setting $15.45 million settlement with the company regarding dehumidifiers it manufactured and imported....more

Good Lord, & Taylor! Of Course You Need to Disclose Native Ads

by Ifrah PLLC on

On March 15, 2016, national retailer Lord & Taylor agreed to settle FTC charges that it “deceived consumers by paying for native advertisements.” The settlement is the first of its kind following the December 2015 guidance...more

Best Practices for Sharing Threat Indicators with the Government

by Bryan Cave on

After a security incident is identified organizations often consider whether to share information concerning the incident with government agencies. If the incident involved criminal conduct, federal law enforcement agencies –...more

French Class Action Law Has Less Impact Than Expected

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Since the entry into force on 1 October 2014 of the provisions of the “Hamon” law of 17 March 2014, which introduced class actions into French law in relation to consumer and competition law matters, only six class actions...more

Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

January 2016: U.K. Competition/Antitrust Litigation Update

The new Competition Appeal Tribunal Fast-Track Procedure for Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises. On October 1, 2015, significant competition law reforms took effect in the United Kingdom under the Consumer Rights Act of 2015....more

Mild, Medium or Spicy?—Unwrapping the Chipotle Investigation

Right before Thanksgiving 2015, the news was replete with discussion of outbreaks of E. coli and potential other viruses at Chipotle restaurants. Information concerning the possible danger in consuming food at the popular...more

CFPB denies petition to modify CID

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 2, 2015, the CFPB denied a petition for modification of a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) filed by UniRush, LLC. In doing so, the CFPB reinforced its view that such petitions are disfavored. However, in denying...more

Weltimmo v Hungarian DPA: Landmark Verdict on the Meaning of “Established”

by Locke Lord LLP on

In the case of Weltimmo s.r.o. v Nemzeti Adatvédelmi és Információszabadság Hatóság, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down a landmark judgment in October 2015 on data protection legislation, tackling...more

Business Lit Ledger - Fall 2015

by King & Spalding on

In this Fall issue of our newsletter, you will find a review of several significant legal developments. For example, our antitrust group reviews actions taken by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice...more

Information Exchanges – Difficult Not to Go Bananas!

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Court of Justice recently confirmed that pre-pricing communications between competitors involving discussions about price-setting factors, quotation prices and pricing trends may be incompatible with EU antitrust...more

LPS Mortgage Monitor July 2013 Mortgage Performance Observations

by Barry Fagan on

The June Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) found that the nearly 10 percent spike in the national delinquency rate reported in the company’s “First Look” at mortgage performance was...more

Newest Addition To CPSC’s Enforcement Toolbox

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission obtained an unprecedented ruling when Administrative Law Judge Dean Metry granted leave to Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings...more

President Signs H.R. 4367 Eliminating the Requirement of Exterior Fee Disclosure Signage on ATM’s

by Evan Pappas on

On December 20, 2012, President Obama signed H.R. Bill 4367, which became effective upon his signing of the bill, and which eliminates the mandatory requirement that signage be placed on the exterior of Automated Teller...more

Ninth Circuit rejects class action settlement, clarifies standards for cy pres remedies and plaintiff counsel's attorneys' fees

In the recently published decision Dennis v. Kellogg Company, No. 11-55674, 2012 WL 2870128 (9th Cir. July 13, 2012), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s approval of a purported $10.64 million settlement between...more

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Regulation Protecting Privileged Information from Waiver of Privilege

by Dechert LLP on

As discussed in our February 15, 2012, DechertOnPoint “Building Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Relationships,” a significant controversy has arisen as to whether supervised institutions providing privileged information...more

Illinois District Court Dismisses Action Based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Over Individual Corporate Officers

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed certain claims against individual defendants in a fraud suit, holding that it lacked personal jurisdiction over those defendants. The plaintiffs brought...more

Consumer Fraud Claims Between Merchants In Commercial Transactions

by Kevin O'Connor on

In my prior articles I’ve reviewed the dramatic changes in the law of late, where New Jersey courts have applied the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”) in any number of circumstances beyond the consumer context. Opinions...more

MF Global - U.S. Update as of November 7, 2011

by Reed Smith on

SIPC Trustee Takes First Steps to Thaw Frozen Customer Securities Accounts On November 4, 2011, the SIPC Trustee took his first steps toward transferring frozen customer securities accounts held by MF Global Inc....more

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