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CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

Securities Law Considerations in Online Marketplace Lending

Online lending marketplaces have recently emerged as a prominent feature in credit markets. The rapid growth of the marketplace lending industry is reflected in the profusion of names that have been used to describe this type...more

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Plaintiff's Attempts to Turn Alleged "Clicking" and "Dead Air" into a TCPA Violation Rejected - Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-1780, 2015 WL 9286778 (7th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015) - The Seventh...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Colorado-Based “Buy-Here Pay-Here” Auto Dealer

On January 21, the CFPB filed a consent order to resolve allegations that a Colorado-based subprime auto dealer violated the TILA and the CFPA by engaging in abusive financing and marketing schemes. Specifically, the CFPB...more

FTC Touts Record Yield in Payday Lending Case

Why it matters - A pair of online payday lenders will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $4.4 million to settle charges that they tricked consumers by failing to disclose inflated fees in what the agency said was...more

New York District Court Holds TCPA Claim Within Scope of Arbitration Provision

Plaintiff brought suit against a credit card company, alleging the company violated the TCPA by autodialing her cell phone without consent. The calls at issue were made in conjunction with a “big box” electronic store card,...more

Federal court issues mixed ruling on PA AG’s Dodd-Frank UDAAP claim based on alleged “rent-a-bank” and “rent-a-tribe” schemes

An attempt by the Pennsylvania Attorney General to use her Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority recently met with only partial success in Pennsylvania federal district court. Section 1042 allows state attorneys general and...more

Increased Government Scrutiny of Ads on Social Media Expected in 2016

Recent statements and actions by the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau forewarn of additional regulatory enforcement of advertisements on social...more

Integrating UDAAP Concerns into Compliance Management Systems

DWT’s Payments Team participated in the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee’s Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah last week. Andrew Owens delivered a presentation on advertising and issuing credit online during the...more

Advertising and Issuing Credit Online

DWT’s Payments Team participated in the ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee’s Winter Meeting in Park City, Utah last week. Andrew Owens delivered a presentation on advertising and issuing credit online during the...more

Rise in Cyberattacks on Professional Services Firms

Wilson Elser’s Cyber Incident Response Team has seen an alarming uptick in cyber-criminal activity targeted at professional services firms, particularly accounting firms. As described in more detail below, the criminal...more

FTC and Florida AG Take Action Against Payment Processing Operation

On January 8, the FTC and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced an amended complaint against a California-based processing sales organization, its three executives, and three telemarketing company owners (collectively...more

Seller Beware: Lessons Learned from 2015 Deceptive Advertising Enforcement in the Consumer Finance Space

Federal regulators took a close look at advertisements for consumer financial products and services in 2015, bringing over 25 enforcement actions totaling over $975 million in penalties and consumer redress. In the majority...more

Online Marketplace Lending on Review by California Regulator

Why it matters - Demonstrating the continuing regulatory interest in online lenders, the California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) announced an inquiry into the marketplace lending industry. While the agency...more

CFPB using Google ads to solicit consumer complaints

In an effort to publicize its online complaint system and bring in more complaints, the CFPB is now soliciting complaints through Internet advertising. When browsing the Internet recently, we came across the following...more

Who Is Exempt From Liability For Deceptive Debt Collection Claims?

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear a dispute concerning allegations of deceptive debt collection by lawyers. The case, Sheriff v. Gillie, was brought under the Fair Debt Collection...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Online Payday Lenders Over Alleged Violations of TILA and EFTA

On January 5, the FTC announced separate settlements with two online payday lenders to resolve charges dating back to April 2012 that the defendants violated TILA, the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), and the...more

Mortgage company pays $7.4 million to settle TCPA violations

Mortgage Investors Corp. (MIC) settled a class action this week for $7.4 million for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in an Oregon federal court. Plaintiffs stated in their complaint that...more

Consumer Bankers Association, Chamber of Commerce Join Challenge to FCC TCPA Ruling

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) and United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) have joined the legal challenge to the Federal Communications Commission’s July declaratory ruling and order. The Order responded to 21...more

Senators urges Dept. of Education to delay use of robocalls in collection of federal student loans

In a letter sent last week to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, four U.S. Senators urge the ED “to direct federal student loan servicers, debt collectors, and all other third parties” to delay use of the new...more

Debt Collection and Beyond in 2015

In 2015, the CFPB further expanded its reach into debt collection through a number of enforcement actions. The CFPB also continues to conduct research on a potential rulemaking regarding debt collection activities, which may...more

Marketing of Financial Products to Retail Investors: Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority Issues Guidance on New Rules

On 27 October 2015, the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) issued circular FSMA-2015-16 (the “Circular”) providing detailed guidance on the recently amended rules governing marketing materials used in...more

Department of Education invites comments on new complaint online system

The Department of Education has published a notice in the Federal Register inviting comments on its plans to create a new Web site by July 1, 2016 for students and borrowers to file complaints about federal student loans. The...more

New York Attorney General Announces Joint Initiative to Protect Consumers from Foreclosure Rescue Scams

On December 7, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a joint initiative with three New York media associations to curtail unlawful advertisements for foreclosure rescue scams. The three media associations sent...more

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