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Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

The Framers did not rest our liberties on “bureaucratic minutiae,” PHH argues

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

PHH filed its reply brief with the D.C. Circuit on April 10 in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the case since its inception. Central to the case is whether the CFPB’s...more

Blockchain Week in Review - April 2017 #1

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

The FTC and LabMD’s Legal Battle Gets Personal: First Amendment Claims Against FTC Lawyers Survive

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) sprawling and contentious legal battle with now-defunct medical testing company LabMD recently took an unusual turn when a federal court allowed LabMD (and its former CEO) to proceed with...more

Director Corday’s appearance before House Committee: strong on theater, weak on substance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite its long duration (over five hours including a recess for a vote), the House Financial Services Committee’s hearing on April 5 at which Director Cordray was the sole witness provided a strong dose of political theater...more

Blood in the Water: Courts Evaluate Standing in Three Recent TCCWNA Class Actions

The rising tide of class actions alleging violations of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”) has been a cause of concern for companies advertising and selling to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A New Argument for Financial Regulatory Reform. Over the past several weeks, there has been a steady stream of pessimistic views on the prospects for meaningful financial regulatory reform. Senate Banking...more

Legal, Political and Practical Challenges in Regulating Recreational Marijuana

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 30, eight bills were introduced by senior members of Congress from both parties to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The bills were referred to at least five House Committees, as they address federal criminal...more

DOJ seeks leave to participate in PHH en banc rehearing oral argument

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Justice, with the consent of PHH and the CFPB, has filed an unopposed motion with the D.C. Circuit requesting ten minutes of argument time in the oral argument to be held on May 24, 2017 in the rehearing en...more

PHH v. CFPB: CFPB Not Dodging Constitutionality Questions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Friday March 31st marked the deadline for CFPB to file its brief in response to PHH in the en banc hearing. In granting en banc review, the court sought guidance from the parties on 3 specific questions. Here's a quick...more

Credit Card Surcharge Ban on Life Support after Supreme Court Decision

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that New York’s ban on credit card surcharging is a restraint on speech under the First Amendment. Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, No. 15-1391 (U.S. Mar. 29, 2017). The case was...more

CFPB Says Individual Liberty is Not a Relevant Consideration in the Constitutional Analysis of its Structure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 31, the CFPB and supporting amici submitted their briefs in the en banc rehearing of the PHH case. We have blogged extensively about the PHH case in which the D.C. Circuit is grappling with four critical issues: (i)...more

Consumer advocacy groups, members of congress, and legal scholars file amicus briefs in support of the CFPB’s constitutionality

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Several individuals and organizations filed amicus briefs in support of the CFPB in the en banc rehearing in the PHH case. Among the amici is a brief filed by current and former members of Congress, including Chris Dodd and...more

$1.90 Can’t Buy You an FDCPA Violation

A consumer who sued a debt collector over an inaccurate statement as to the amount of a settlement offer recently saw his complaint dismissed for lack of standing. In Allgire v. HOVG, LLC, the plaintiff was contacted...more

Judge Finds Standing Based on Spokeo in TCPA Class Action

Last week, on March 22, 2017, U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke, a Florida federal judge, determined that Ray Mohamed had standing in his proposed class action against Off Lease Only Inc. (Off Lease) for alleged violations...more

2nd Circuit hears data breach argument: Is fear of harm sufficient for Article III standing?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The 2nd Circuit recently heard oral argument in Whalen v. Michael Stores, Inc., No. 16-260, a data breach case involving credit card data. Whether or not the 2nd Circuit follows the 7th Circuit’s lead (established in the...more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

PLI’s “The CFPB Speaks” panel discussion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier yesterday, at the Practicing Law Institute’s (“PLI”) 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in New York City, Alan Kaplinsky (who is co-chairing the event) moderated a panel entitled “The CFPB Speaks,” that...more

Spokeo and the TCPA: Mere Receipt of Fax with Non-Compliant Opt-Out Notice is Not “Concrete Injury”

In ARcare v. Qiagen N. Am. Holdings, Inc., No. CV 16-7638 PA (ASX), 2017 WL 449173, at *1 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 19, 2017), the district court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss a TCPA class action, finding that the simple...more

The New Administration's Plans for the CFPB Take Shape

For those who have been wondering—as I did in a previous post—what the new presidential administration would mean for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency that has been in Republicans’ crosshairs...more

Process vs. Outcomes Debated at Hearing on Constitutionality of CFPB Structure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we had indicated, on March 16, the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Financial Services Committee conducted a hearing entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional...more

Veteran Class-Action Suits Following Data Breaches Dismissed for Lack of Standing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision consolidating two cases involving two veterans and two separate incidences of data breaches at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in South Carolina, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit...more

United States Seeks 'At Will' Removal of CFPB Director

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Trump's Preferred Method of Scaling Back Consumer Financial Regulation is Appointment of New CFPB Director - As expected, the United States on Friday filed an amicus brief in PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial...more

Justice Department Tells Court CFPB is Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief in the case of PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is scheduled for...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - March 2017

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A Flawed Class Definition – Court Grants Defendant's Motion to Strike Consumer's Proposed Class - Cholly v. The Uptain Group., et al, 1:15-cv-05030 - In Cholly v. The Uptain Group Inc., et al, the defendant debt...more

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