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FTC to Host Fintech Forum on Marketplace Lending

On April 14, the FTC announced the first of a series of events intended to examine consumer protection across several areas of emerging financial technology. Scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C. on June 9, the first...more

FTC to host June 9 forum on marketplace lending

The interest of federal regulators in marketplace lending continues to grow. In March 2016, the CFPB announced that it is taking complaints about marketplace lenders. In July 2015, the Treasury Department issued a request...more

There Was a Panel on What?? Notes on the ABA Antitrust Spring Meeting Panel on Marijuana Law

Attendees at this year’s Spring Meeting may have been surprised by an unexpected panel: an overview of the status of the law related to the legalization of marijuana and antitrust issues facing the nascent industry. However,...more

FTC Releases 2015 Annual Highlights

On April 6, the FTC released its 2015 Annual Highlights report, which is comprised of four key sections: (i) enforcement; (ii) policy; (iii) education; and (iv) stats and data. Regarding enforcement highlights in 2015, the...more

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

FTC Launches Study of Assessment Process for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

On March 7, the FTC announced a study of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”) assessments – the audits required of certain merchants pursuant to rules imposed by payment card brands such as Visa and...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #5 – Marketplace Lending

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our fifth consideration was marketplace lending. Just as the U.S. government and banking agencies have focused efforts to...more

CFPB issues 2016 FDCPA report

The CFPB has issued its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s activities in 2015. In the background section of the report, the CFPB provides various statistics about the debt collection...more

FTC Issues Inquiry into Credit Card Companies’ Compliance with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

On March 7, the FTC announced that it issued orders to nine companies requiring them to file a Special Report regarding their assessments of other companies’ compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards...more

District Judge Bans Company from Collecting and Disclosing Consumer Information

Recently, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada granted in part the FTC’s motion for summary judgment and motion for default judgment against a company, its subsidiaries, and seven individuals (collectively,...more

FTC's Annual FDCPA Enforcement Letter to CFPB Filled with Insight into 2016 Focus

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is required to submit annual reports to Congress on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Since...more

FTC issues 9 orders for PCI DSS compliance assessment information

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued orders to 9 companies at the beginning of this week, seeking information on how each company conducts Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance assessments....more

FTC Requests Auditors’ Data on PCI Data Security Assessments

Earlier this week, the FTC issued orders to nine credit card and payment security auditors in an effort to gain insight into data security compliance auditing and its role in protecting consumers’ information and privacy....more

FTC Examines Process by which Companies Assess Compliance with PCI DSS

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued orders to obtain information about the process by which businesses audit their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and the role of such...more

FTC Issues Summary of Consumer Complaints for 2015

On March 1, the FTC released a copy of its Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, which summarizes consumer complaints reported to the agency between January 2015 and December 2015. The report, which is published annually and...more

FTC Gets 3 Million Consumer Complaints in 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 3 million consumer complaints in 2015 with debt collection topping the list, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report, which...more

FTC Takes Action against Debt Relief Operation

On February 24, the FTC announced that it charged a debt relief operation and two individuals with violations of the FTC Act and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). According to the FTC, the named defendants misrepresented...more

Data brokers settle with FTC for selling consumers’ information to scammers

SiteSearch, John Ayers, LeapLab and Leads Company (the defendants) settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for “knowingly provid[ing] scammers with hundreds of thousands of consumers’ sensitive personal information.”...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Group Of Data Brokers Dealing In Personal Information

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on February 18 that it has reached settlements with three affiliated companies accused of selling the financial and other personal information of “hundreds of thousands” of...more

FTC Reports to CFPB on 2015 Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices

On February 17, the FTC sent the CFPB a letter summarizing its 2015 efforts to stop allegedly illegal debt collection practices. According to the letter, in 2015, the FTC’s FDCPA activities included “aggressive law...more

Bitcoin miners Butterfly Labs agree to settlement with FTC

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Butterfly Labs, alleging that it charged customers for Bitcoin mining machines (“BitForce”), and then failed to deliver them until they “were practically useless, or in...more

FTC Settles with Bitcoin Mining Operation Over Alleged Deceptive Practices

On February 18, the FTC announced that a Kansas-based bitcoin mining operation and two of its operators had agreed to settle allegations that their marketing practices for bitcoin mining machines and services were deceptive,...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2015 debt collection activities

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2015. The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

FTC Submits Letter to CFPB Regarding ECOA Enforcement and Education Activities

On February 8, the FTC sent the CFPB a letter summarizing the FTC’s enforcement activities related to compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and implementing Regulation B during 2015. The annual letter...more

Legal Framework of Mobile Payments Presented in Pew Center White Paper

As consumers increasingly turn to mobile devices to pay their bills, shop online, and order rides and other services, a number of legal and practical questions emerge. Who regulates mobile financial services offered by...more

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