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Congress Overhauls 1976 Federal Chemical Regulation Law

Gives EPA Broad Mandate to Evaluate Safety of All Chemicals and Practical Authority to Ensure Safe Use - On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that, for the first time in...more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...more

The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

House Financial Services Committee Scrutinizes Basis of Proposed CFPB Arbitration Rule

On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the...more

Congressman Luetkemeyer Proposes Bill to Eliminate “Abusive” in CFPB’s UDAAP Authority

Recently, Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) introduced H.R. 5112, the Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act, to make the authority of the CFPB and FTC more consistent and similar, and to encourage...more

House to hold May 18 hearing on CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule

On May 18, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will hold a hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration: Is it in the Public...more

Vermont Act 120 and Beyond: Genetically Engineered Foods, Where Are We Now?

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s genetically engineered food labeling law is set to become effective. Act 120 and its implementing rule (Vermont Consumer Protection Rule 121) require food manufacturers to label food products that...more

First Circuit and FTC Address Definitions of “PII,” While Michigan Amends Privacy Law to Remove Statutory Damages

On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down its widely anticipated opinion in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., in which it expanded the reach of the Video Privacy...more

Senate Finance Committee Updates Report on Physician-Owned Distributorships

The report finds that PODs increase overutilization, lack transparency, and increase the risk of patient harm and warns that hospitals must combat the growing threat of PODs. On May 10, the US Senate Committee on Finance...more

FCC Takes Narrowest Read of Congress’ Exemption to the TCPA for Federally Guaranteed Loans

Commentary on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, CG Docket No. 02-278, issued May 6, 2016. There was much ado about the Federal...more

House Financial Services Committee investigating CFPB arbitration rulemaking

On April 20, 2016, Congressman Sean Duffy sent a letter to Director Cordray indicating that the House Financial Services Committee is investigating “the examination and possible regulation by the [CFPB] of pre-dispute...more

House bill introduced to amend CFPB UDAAP authority

The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB authority to regulate “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” acts or practices.  Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has introduced the “Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act,”...more

Trump campaign sued for sending spam texts in violation of TCPA

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., which is the official campaign committee for candidate Donald Trump, was named in a putative class action case on April 25, 2016, for sending unwanted text messages to individuals. The...more

Turkish Parliament Enacts New Data Protection Law

In a step toward its accession to the EU, Turkey has enacted its first comprehensive Data Protection Law. The law was passed by the Turkish Parliament 24 March and published in the Official Gazette 7 April....more

Congress Considers Changes to FCRA to Expand Consumer Credit Files and Limit Use of Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and the use of consumer reports. The FCRA’s stated purpose includes requiring CRAs to adopt reasonable procedures for meeting the needs of...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ruling in Favor of CFPB against Lawyer in Mortgage Relief Scam, Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Director...

The Ninth Circuit recently considered arguments relating to an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) against a California attorney who was offering loan modification services. The CFPB...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Director Cordray's Recess Appointment as Defense to CFPB Enforcement Action; Dissenting Judge Disagrees

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by...more

Good Things Happen In Threes: Tennessee Becomes Third State To Enact DFS Law

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Fantasy Sports Act into law. The Act expressly defines fantasy sports contests as games of skill and regulates them. Passage of the Fantasy Sports Act makes...more

Attention Home Improvement Contractors: CA Bill Singles Out Solar Contractors

California Assembly Bill 2699 (Gonzalez) is a bill to watch if you are a home improvement contractor that solarinstalls solar energy systems or, for that matter, a contractor in California. AB 2699 would, among other things,...more

Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and the BBB are pleased to announce the launch of its second Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety. CARU’s first campaign titled, “Do you know here your...more

Nebraska Amends Its Data Breach Notification Statute

Since the beginning of 2015, numerous states have amended their data breach notification statutes to include expanded definitions of personal information, clarifications on encryption standards, and new notice content and...more

CFPB Director Cordray Responds to Senator Corker Letter

The CFPB responded to a letter from Senator Corker (R. Tenn.) requesting the Bureau to release official guidance on what constitutes a technical error under the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule and possible...more

“GMO” Labeling Food Fight: How Vermont’s Act 120 Is Pressuring An Entire Industry

On July 1, 2016, Vermont’s Act 120 will require food manufacturers to indicate in the labeling of all products regulated by FDA when the food has been produced with the use of genetic engineering (GE). Unless Congress acts...more

Pending California Legislation Threatens to Eviscerate Consumer and Employment Contractual Choice of Law and Venue Provisions

Out-of-state companies doing business in California would be well-advised to look closely at a new bill pending in the California State Legislature. If you are concerned about defending litigation cases in the most...more

Will Congress vaporize proposals to curb tobacco use, protect kids’ health?

Just days after federal health officials warned about teen-agers’ increasing use of e-cigarettes (vaping) and hookahs, members of a House committee have approved a legislative move that shields vaping manufacturers from...more

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