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Kerfuffle on statute of limitations issue in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 7, the CFPB submitted a Rule 28(j) letter to the D.C. Circuit in the PHH case. In the letter, the CFPB embraced the fact that the Supreme Court’s recent Kokesh v. SEC decision makes the five-year statute of...more

Massachusetts AG Obtains Judgment Against Online Auto Title Lender for Illegal Loans

by Goodwin on

On May 25, 2017, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (“Massachusetts AG”) announced? a final judgment and permanent injunction entered? in Suffolk Superior Court against an unlicensed ?online auto title lender,...more

CFPB Settlements: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground by imposing a fine – in excess of a million dollars – against a consumer financial services company for allegedly violating the terms of...more

California’s Supreme Court Holds Arbitration Clauses Cannot Waive Public Injunctive Relief

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In what will likely result in a certiorari petition, the Supreme Court of California unanimously ruled that consumers cannot contractually waive their right to pursue public injunctive relief through a pre-dispute arbitration...more

McGILL v. CITIBANK, N.A.

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

I have received a few questions from employers about the recent California Supreme Court decision in McGill v. Citibank, N.A.. The McGill case isn’t an employment law case, but rather deals with a consumer class action....more

Forcing the Issue? California Supreme Court Opens Door for Challenges to Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Consistent with the historical reluctance of California courts to enforce arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, on April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled that an arbitration provision that waived an...more

California Breaks Further from Concepcion: Arbitration Agreements Face Further Challenge

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Notwithstanding the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), arbitration agreements that purport to waive a consumer’s right to seek public injunctive relief under California’s consumer protection statutes are contrary to California...more

Two Banks Fight Back Against Colorado Regulator in Bank-Model Dispute

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two state-chartered banks, WebBank and Cross River Bank, recently filed complaints for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against the Administrator of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code for the State of Colorado, Julie...more

Chipping Away at Arbitration: California Supreme Court Further Limits Arbitration Waivers

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement waiving the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable under California law. In McGill...more

Consumer Financial Services Law - March 30, 2017

Industry Groups Respond on Consumer Access to Financial Records - Financial industry groups responded to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) request for information on consumer access to their financial...more

New York’s "No Credit Card Surcharge" Law Regulates Speech, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

New York's law prohibiting merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases (Section 518 of the state's General Business Law) regulates speech, thereby making the law subject to First Amendment scrutiny, the U.S....more

Autodialing and Pre-Recorded Messages: the TCPA’s Trap for Unwary Lenders and Debt Collectors

by Ruder Ware on

In February 2015, a federal judge approved a $75 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class settlement involving Capital One and three debt collectors.[1] The plaintiffs (debtors) alleged that Capital One and...more

Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

Post-‘Spokeo’ Standing for Consumer Class Actions a Struggle

Federal courts have varied widely in their interpretation of standing for plaintiffs in consumer protection class actions since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins , __ U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 1540 (May 16,...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

CFPB files complaint alleging defendants ran unlawful debt relief operation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against three law firms and two individual attorneys alleging that they offered debt relief services to consumers in violation of the Telemarketing Sales...more

Western Union to Pay $586 Million in Restitution and Civil Penalties for AML Compliance Failure

On January 19, 2017, Western Union Financial Services, Inc. agreed to pay civil penalties and restitution to victims of fraud totaling $586 million to resolve actions brought by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes...more

Letter Warning of Lien Recordation Subject to FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Holds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A law firm's letter, warning that a lien would be recorded against a woman's home if she failed to pay her annual homeowners association fees, is not exempt from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as an attempt to...more

CFPB Continues to Expand Its Meaningful Involvement Requirements for Debt Collection Law Firms

The CFPB recently issued its third consent order involving a debt collection law firm and appears to be expanding its interpretation of “meaningful involvement”. The order, which was entered against two related debt...more

CFPB Consent Orders with Consumer Reporting Agencies Focus on Marketing Practices not Credit Reporting

Marketing practices remain at the forefront of CFPB activity as evidenced by two recent consent orders entered into with TransUnion and Equifax. The consent orders combine to require the CRAs to pay more than $17.6 million...more

CFPB settles FDCPA claims against debt collection law firms

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with two law firms specializing in the collection of medical debts and their president for alleged FDCPA violations.  The consent order also settles allegations that...more

Civil rights groups voice support for Director Cordray

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week, we blogged about reports that Director Cordray has no plans to leave the CFPB before his term expires in July 2018. Yesterday, several national civil rights groups issued a joint statement applauding the...more

Seller Beware? Rise of Consumer Class Actions Under New Jersey’s TCCWNA Statute 

Nearly 35 years ago, New Jersey enacted the Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”), which provides additional protection for individual consumers who suffer harm as a result of...more

CFPB asks for rehearing en banc in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we expected, the CFPB filed a petition with the D.C. Circuit this past Friday asking it to grant a rehearing en banc of its decision in CFPB v. PHH Corporation.  Under D.C. Circuit rules, PHH may not file a response to the...more

Petition for writ of certiorari filed in case asserting recess appointment defense to CFPB enforcement action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Since it was filed in a California federal court in July 2012, we have been following CFPB v. Chance Edward Gordon, a case in which the CFPB alleged that an attorney duped consumers by falsely promising loan modifications in...more

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