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FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play

The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store....more

CFPB announces lawsuits against student loan debt relief companies

On December 11, the CFPB announced lawsuits against two student loan debt relief companies alleged to have deceived borrowers into paying upfront fees for federal student loan repayment benefits that are available for free....more

CFPB Fines Debt-Settlement Firm

On December 4, the CFPB fined a New Jersey-based debt-settlement service provider $69,075 in civil monetary penalties for alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The CFPB alleged that the firm charged...more

Financial Industry Regulatory Update - December 2014

In this issue: - The Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 - Proprietary Treading And Ring Fencing (EU) - Shadow Banking - Mobile Banking And Payments - Stress Testing And Asset...more

Legal Issues With Mobile Payments

A short time ago, I stopped to pick up the family dry cleaning when an alert from a pharmaceutical retailer that noticed I was nearby popped up on my mobile phone. “Slide to activate your digital rewards card and come in for...more

CFPB Issues Proposed Rules for Prepaid Products

On November 13, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) proposed new rules for prepaid accounts, to be effectuated through amendments to the regulations implementing the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the...more

Indecent Exposure: FTC Obtains Injunctions Against Debt Brokers for Improperly Published Consumer Information

On November 12, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the District Court for the District of Columbia had entered preliminary injunctions against two debt sellers which, together, had improperly posted personal...more

TCPA Connect - November 2014

Ruling on ATDS Capability, California Court Dismisses TCPA Suit - Siding with courts that evaluate a system’s present – not potential – capacity to store or produce telephone numbers when considering whether a system...more

FCC Accepting Comments on ABA Petition to Exempt Data Breach Notification Requirements from the TCPA

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Public Notice requesting comments on a petition by the American Bankers Association (“ABA”) to exempt informational calls and texts to mobile devices...more

Another Federal Court Rules Debt Collector’s Voice Message Does Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently ruled that a voicemail message containing the caller’s name and identifying the caller as a debt collector with “an important message” was not a...more

FCC Seeks Comments on Request to Exempt Fraud and Identity Theft Notifications from TCPA’s Coverage

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking input on the American Bankers Association’s (ABA) petition requesting that the FCC exempt certain time-sensitive informational notifications from the Telephone Consumer...more

SEC Commissioners on Capital Formation

Recently, various SEC Commissioners, including Commissioner Stein and Commissioner Gallagher, have addressed issues related to capital formation in their public remarks. At a Los Angeles County Bar Association...more

Crowdfunding Disclaimers Aren’t Adequate to Avoid Liability under U.S. Securities Laws

Warning to non-United States equity crowdfunding sites: it’s not enough to warn that offerings are not being made to United States residents. Your procedures must verify that investors are not United States residents. On...more

FCC Accepting Comments on ABA Petition To Exempt Fraud Notifications from TCPA Requirements

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a Public Notice requesting comments on a petition by the American Bankers Association (ABA) to exempt time-sensitive informational calls to mobile devices from the...more

American Bankers Association Asks FCC for Exemption From TCPA Liability

Why it matters - Seeking an exemption from Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) liability, the American Bankers Association (ABA) filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow financial...more

TCPA Risks Increase for the Financial Services Industry

Companies in the financial services industry are being targeted in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements like the recent $75 million settlement involving...more

CFPB Takes Action for Deceptive Advertisement of "Free Checking"

Although the CFPB has focused its rulemaking and enforcement actions on mortgage servicing and lending, it recently entered into a consent order with M&T Bank regarding the deceptive advertising of free checking. The...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #14

Cover your Glass. We’ve addressed in Socially Aware the growing legal hysteria stirred up by Google Glass and other wearable technology. Just as Polaroid cameras were once banned from beach resorts and even the Washington...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2014

In This Issue: - October: National Cyber Security Awareness Month - New California Data Protection Law - Obama Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order - FTC Cautions Executives About Personal Liability for False...more

Rising Number of Class Actions Targeting Outlet Stores Based on Claims of False and Deceptive Advertising

1. Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Retailers That Operate Outlet Stores Based on Their Alleged Pricing Claims - Plaintiffs’ class attorneys have a new target in sight and it is outlet shopping. In the...more

CFPB Amends Regulation P to Eliminate Mailing Requirement for Annual Privacy Notices in Certain Circumstances

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a final rule that will allow a financial institution to post its annual privacy notice on its website in lieu of mailing it to customers if certain conditions are...more

ABA Petitions FCC To Allow Security And Fraud Alerts To Customers Without Consent

On October 14, the ABA submitted a petition to the FCC requesting that it exercise its statutory authority to allow financial institutions to send consumers certain security and fraud alerts without the consumers’ prior...more

German Retail Investor Protection Act

The German Federal Ministry of Finance published the draft Retail Investor Protection Act (Kleinanlegerschutzgesetz, or Act)1 on 28 July 2014. The Act is intended to strengthen the protection of German retail investors – in...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a bulletin (CFPB Bulletin 2014-02) warning credit card issuers to avoid potentially deceptive and abusive practices in connection with the marketing of credit card...more

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