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FDIC regional offices issue UDAP guidance on continuous overdraft fees

Based on the CFPB’s rulemaking agenda issued in December 2013, we continue to expect overdraft programs to be the subject of another CFPB white paper and/or an advance notice of proposed rulemaking this year. (In June 2013,...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

Section 1 Claims Dismissed in LIBOR, TIBOR Class Action

On March 28, 2014, Judge Daniels of the Southern District of New York dismissed antitrust and unjust enrichment claims against over 20 banks accused of manipulating prices in the Euroyen interbank lending market by submitting...more

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Court: FTC Can Regulate Payday Lenders Affiliated With Indian Tribes - In what is being hailed by the Federal Trade Commission as a victory for regulators, a federal court judge in Nevada has ruled that the FTC has the...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

Private Equity Investors Are Not Immune to Antitrust Risks in the EU

Earlier this month, the European Commission imposed fines totaling nearly EUR 302 million on producers of underground and high-voltage power cables, based on allegations that the producers had engaged in illicit market...more

CFPB and FTC Representatives Speak at Symposium on Fine Print

CFPB General Counsel Meredith Fuchs and CFPB Assistant General Counsel for Law and Policy Anne Zorc spoke last week at the Georgetown Consumer Law Society and Citizen Works’ symposium entitled “Making the Fine Print Fair.”...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

Commission Holds Goldman Sachs Liable for Former Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Infringement

In its decision of 2 April 2014 in relation to the underground and submarine high voltage power cables cartel case, the European Commission (Commission) held the parent companies of the producers involved liable, on the basis...more

CFPB Releases Report on Debt Collection Practices

The CFPB released a report summarizing the recent complaints of consumers in connection with debt collection practices. The report covered complaints that the CFPB received from July 10, 2013 through December 31, 2013. The...more

Nevada Federal Court Holds Tribal Lender Subject to FTC Jurisdiction

Adopting a magistrate judge’s report and recommendations, the United States District for the District of Nevada held that the FTC has enforcement jurisdiction over tribal payday lenders. ...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 27, 2014

In this issue: - FTC Seeks Comment on Fair Packaging and Labeling Act Rules - Ink Still Drying on Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision - FTC says Weak Disclosures? Special Effects, Too? Nissan's on the Dark...more

Canadian Court Certifies Visa/Mastercard Class Action

In reasons publicly released on Thursday March 27, 2014, Chief Justice Bauman certified two classes of Canadian merchants who allege a price-fixing conspiracy related to Visa and MasterCard interchange fees. As the first...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Considers New Funding Rules for Shadow Banking System - Judge Backs FTC Authority to Pursue Payday Lenders - Regulator Estimates Volcker Rule Could Cost Banks Up to $4.3B - Appeals Court...more

Nevada Federal Court Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Tribal Payday Lending Businesses

On March 19, the FTC reported that the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada held that the FTC Act “grants the FTC authority to regulate arms of Indian tribes, their employees, and their contractors,” including...more

CFPB Releases Annual Report On Debt Collection

On March 20, the CFPB released its third annual report summarizing its activities in 2013 to implement and enforce the FDCPA. The report describes the CFPB’s and the FTC’s shared FDCPA enforcement authority, incorporates the...more

Tribal Affiliation Not a Bar to FTC Authority

In an enforcement action alleging violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) and other federal laws by tribally affiliated entities that operated an Internet payday lending operation, a Nevada federal court...more

Appeals Court Liberally Interprets Credit Repair Statute

Recently the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the appeal of Stout v. FreeScore, LLC concerning the scope of the Credit Repair Organizations Act (“CROA”). The result is not good for advertisers of credit...more

Survey: 28 Reasons Why The Typical Compliance Officer’s Week Leaves Dangerously Little Time for Corporate Ethics Training

I just downloaded and read the annual Cost of Compliance survey compiled by Thomson Reuters Accelus. It’s very interesting reading for those of us in the ethics and compliance industry. In my last blog post about the ERC...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...more

Compliance Program Success: “Doing Better With Less”

Chief Compliance Officers always are asked to do more with less. It is a simple and overused phrase, usually promoted by corporate bean counters looking for ways to justify decisions that serve their own financial interests....more

No backseat for FTC in FDCPA enforcement

The FTC wants the debt collection industry to know that it does not intend to take a backseat to the CFPB when it comes to FDCPA enforcement. In announcing the release of its annual summary of debt collection activities, the...more

FTC, PIRG complaint reports highlight consumer dissatisfaction with debt collection industry

The FTC released its annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book on February 27, 2014, providing national and state-by-state data on consumer complaints received by the FTC, all U.S. and Canadian Better Business Bureaus, the...more

Commitment To Compliance: The Compliance Committee

Sunday was the 69th anniversary the most iconic photo of World War II, at least from the American perspective. Of course it was the raising of the American flag at Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. To say that one photo cannot...more

C’Mon Man Or The End Of The World?

It’s the end of the world as we know it,It’s the end of the world as we know it,It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine - The above lyrics came from REM and they reflect how I generally feel about law...more

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