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Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act. ...more

FTC Privacy and Data Security Enforcement Activity Continues Unabated under the Trump Administration

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Acting Director, Thomas Pahl, posted on the FTC’s Business Blog about the FTC’s role as the federal agency with the “broadest jurisdiction” to...more

EU and UK Sanctions Update: April 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

There have been a number of key developments in the European Union (“EU”) and United Kingdom (“UK”) sanctions regimes in relation to North Korea, Russia, Syria and other jurisdictions since our last update. North Korea...more

FTC announces streamlining initiatives

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC issued a press release earlier this week in which it stated that it is “moving aggressively to implement Presidential directives aimed at eliminating wasteful, unnecessary regulations and processes.” ...more

Blog: Avoiding Common Legal Issues at Coding Schools: Marketing

by Cooley LLP on

This is the first of a series of posts on common legal and regulatory pitfalls that alternative education providers must proactively avoid. Today’s topic is avoiding sloppy or overly aggressive marketing....more

California Last State to Join Multistate Settlement of Western Union Fraud Schemes

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, California became the 50th state to join the multistate settlement with Western Union over its alleged complicity in fraud-induced wire transfers. This followed Western Union’s $5 million agreement with 49 state...more

McDermott International Legal Highlights - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

DOJ Policy Updates Signal Continuity of Antitrust Program - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division has revised its “Frequently Asked Questions About the Antitrust Division’s Leniency Program and Model...more

FRB Lifts Threshold for Financial Stability Review

by Bryan Cave on

In its March 2017 approval of People United Financial, Inc.’s merger with Suffolk Bancorp (the “Peoples United Order”), the Federal Reserve Board eased the approval criteria for certain smaller bank merger transactions by...more

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

by Michael Volkov on

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud...more

FTC Enters $53 Million Settlement With Prepaid Debit Card Provider

by Goodwin on

On March 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to settle charges with a prepaid debit card provider for $53 million in monetary relief applied to balances and fees in customers’ accounts....more

“Horizontal Shareholding:” Is Oligopoly Pricing a Symptom or the Disease?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) let Delta Air Lines merge with Northwest Airlines. Two years later, in 2010, the DOJ cleared United Airlines’ acquisition of Continental Airlines, after the...more

DOJ and SDNY US Attorney’s Office Indict Three Dealers in Foreign Currency Exchange Spot Market Conspiracy Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A grand jury has indicted three foreign currency exchange spot market dealers for alleged violations of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, in a case brought jointly by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and the US Attorney’s Office...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Municipal Debt Collector Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

by Goodwin on

?On March 24, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it entered into a consent order with a debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in unfair and abusive debt collection...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2017

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Expanding wage and hour obligations will continue to be a top concern for employers in 2017. As most employers are aware, in May 2016, the United States Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rule regarding the...more

FTC Issues Order Against Debt Relief Company for Alleged Misrepresentations

by Goodwin on

On February 27, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction and monetary judgment with defendants United Debt Counselors, LLC, a debt relief company, and its principals,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

Federal Trade Commission Considers the Implications of AI and Blockchain Technologies

by Reed Smith on

Following the lead of regulators throughout the country that have turned their attention to new financial technologies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently held a FinTech Forum that focused on artificial intelligence...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Return of Glass-Steagall? On March 13, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig made a speech to the Institute of International Bankers Annual Washington Conference...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies, Part II

by Hogan Lovells on

As previously reported, on Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This is the...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

by Goodwin on

On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

M&A Update: Toehold Accumulations: Further Convergence Between Private Equity and Hedge Fund Strategies

Over the past few years, private equity funds and hedge funds have increasingly employed tactics traditionally employed by the other as part of their value maximization strategies. Underscoring this convergence has been a...more

FTC Settles with Remaining Defendant in Alleged Mortgage Scam Case

by Goodwin on

On February 21, 2017, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a stipulated order as to the final defendant in an alleged mortgage-relief scam. The court had entered judgment against the...more

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