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Crowdfunding: A New Way for Montana Companies to Raise Money

A new exemption passed in the Montana 2015 legislative session will allow Montana companies to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in Montana beginning July 1, 2015. This exemption is subject to various limitations...more

Claims Dismissed: Social Media Site's Reference Search Not a Background Check

Good news for employers using social media to vet job applicants: A Federal District Court recently ruled the technology used in LinkedIn's Reference Search does not constitute a “consumer background check” of employees and...more

CFPB Takes Action Against PayPal for Allegedly Signing Up Consumers for Unwanted Online Credit

The CFPB filed a complaint and proposed consent order in federal court against PayPal, Inc. The CFPB alleges PayPal illegally signed up consumers for its online credit product, PayPal Credit, formerly known as Bill Me...more

DBO Defeats Preliminary Injunction Files Suit Against Prorater

Last month, I wrote about Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to preliminarily enjoin the Department of Business Oversight’s investigation of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. for unlicensed activity under California’s Check...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #3

U.S. Supreme Court Could Decide Future of Privacy Law Class Actions - The future of consumer class actions alleging privacy violations may be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court now that the justices have granted...more

CFPB Files Complaint Against Companies Offering Mortgage Payment Program

In a complaint filed yesterday in a California federal court, the CFPB alleges that two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment program and their individual owner engaged in deceptive telemarketing acts or...more

CFPB Files Proposed Consent Orders Related to Wireless Billing Practices

On May 12, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) filed proposed consent orders in federal courts that would settle allegations that two wireless carriers unfairly permitted their customers to be charged...more

Governor Tomblin Signs into Law Significant Amendments to West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act

On March 31, 2015, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed SB 542 into law. This new law amends frequently litigated sections of the West Virginia Consumer Credit Protection Act (“WVCCPA”), W. Va. Code section 46A, in...more

Data Broker’s Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court Could Reshape Future of Data Privacy Litigation

In a case that could shape the future of data privacy litigation, the Supreme Court recently agreed to review the decision by the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in...more

Tough Weeks for Morgan Drexen in CFPB Debt Relief Litigation

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for debt-relief services firm Morgan Drexen. You may recall our previous post about the CFPB’s action against Morgan Drexen in the Central District of California and the alleged antics that...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

CFPB files complaint against companies offering mortgage payment program

In a complaint filed yesterday in a California federal court, the CFPB alleges that two related companies offering a biweekly mortgage payment program and their individual owner engaged in deceptive telemarketing acts or...more

Illinois Crackdown on Companies Targeting People Struggling to Repay Student Loans Continues

On May 4, Illinois AG Lisa Madigan’s office announced that it filed five lawsuits against companies that allegedly scammed borrowers into paying hundreds to thousands of dollars in upfront fees with the false hope that they...more

Around the Virtual World: May 4 – 8, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Goldman a Lead Investor in Funding Round for Bitcoin Startup Circle - Hands-on With...more

Russian Legislation Update

In This Issue: - Corporate: veracity of information submitted for the state registration of companies; cancellation of the mandatory requirement for a company to have a seal - Currency Control - Banking/ Basel...more

The Basic Rules of Website Advertising for EB-5 Securities Offerings

EB-5 securities issuers, sponsors and others who market EB-5 securities often want to use websites to provide information to potential investors regarding their past and current EB-5 projects. When using these websites, it...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 156-emergency podcast on Deflategate and the Wells Report [Video]

In the first emergency podcast Jay Rosen and I review (what we know) of the Wells Report into Deflategate. We consider the issues from a FCPA compliance practitioner perspective and what lessons may be learned from the...more

When is a Background Search not a Background Search?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was enacted to insure that consumer reporting agencies act with “fairness, impartiality, and respect for the consumer’s right to privacy.” But one federal court held recently that...more

Social Media Assets in Bankruptcy: Facebook and Twitter Accounts Subject to Reach of Creditors

Social media accounts can be “property of the estate” in a bankruptcy case of a business, and thus belong to the business, even when the contents of the accounts are intermingled with personal content of managers and owners....more

SCOTUS Accepts Certiorari to Address Article III Standing in “No-Injury” FCRA Class Action

On April 27, the Supreme Court accepted certiorari review in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 13-1339, to address whether consumers can establish Article III standing without actual harm or injury, by alleging a violation of a federal...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Standing Issue

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339 (SCOTUSblog page), to decide whether a plaintiff who does not suffer any injury has Article III standing to sue for violation of a...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Crowdfunding: Update From the CRA

In a short technical interpretation (CRA Document 2015-0579031I7 “Crowdfunding” (April 1, 2015)), the CRA has restated its views on the tax treatment of amounts raised via crowdfunding arrangements. The CRA stated that...more

Will Class Actions Have a Leg to Stand on After Spokeo?

In essence, the question presented in Spokeo is whether a statutory violation, without more, satisfies the injury requirements for Article III standing purposes. Should the Court rule in Spokeo, Inc.’s favor when it hears the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and...more

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