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Just In Time for the Holidays: More Security Requirements From NIST

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published draft recommendations aimed at securing the confidentiality of sensitive federal information located within non-federal entities’ information technology...more

California Attorney General Releases Data Breach Report with Recommendations for Retailers and the Health Care Sector

On October 28, 2014, the California Attorney General (“AG”) released its second annual report detailing the security breaches reported to the AG’s office in 2013, and provided recommendations to both the industry and...more

Company Claims “HIPAA Has No Teeth”, Will Start Notifying Affected Individuals of Security Breaches and Vulnerabilities that Have...

A company named SLC Security, LLC (“SLC”), recently announced that it will begin notifying individuals if it believes it has identified a security breach or vulnerability of a company and it has not received a satisfactory...more

Federal Bills Pursue Comprehensive Data Breach Notification

The recent string of wide-scale data breach disclosures by major retailers has led to a growing call for federal legislation to protect consumer information and establish uniform data breach notification...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Look to Fair Credit Reporting Act for Private Relief from Data Breaches Involving Health Information

A recent class action brought against the University of Miami (“University”) previews what could become an emerging trend among plaintiffs’ class action attorneys to seek damages for the unauthorized disclosure of personal...more

Ascertainability Issues Preclude Certification of a Class of Individuals Alleging Violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices...

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification citing plaintiffs’ failure to satisfy Rule 23’s ascertainability, commonality, typicality, and predominance...more

New CFPB initiatives to prevent elder financial abuse and improve financial literacy

The CFPB has issued a new guide designed to help operators and staff of nursing facilities and assisted living residences protect residents from financial abuse. The guide indicates that it is for administrators as well as...more

Changing Financial Landscape for Medical Debts of the Uninsured

The implementation of the ACA has afforded many with the opportunity to obtain insurance coverage. Despite the opportunity, a large number of individuals have either chosen not to enroll in a health plan or have been unable...more

CFPB advises consumers on deferred interest credit cards

The CFPB recently published a blog post to tell consumers what they “need to know” about deferred interest credit cards offered by health care providers. The CFPB states in the blog post that, because health care...more

CFPB Takes Enforcement Action Against Bank’s Deferred Interest Products

In the wake of its discussion of deferred interest products in its October report on the Credit CARD Act, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a provider of deferred interest health-care credit cards and its...more

CFPB Announces Healthcare Credit Card Enforcement Action Over Deferred-Interest Financing

On December 10, the CFPB released a consent order with a federal savings association, pursuant to which the bank will refund approximately $34 million to more than one million credit card holders who were enrolled in...more

New California Law Protects Online Account Information

As of January 1, security breach notifications must be provided to consumers when certain account information is compromised. On September 27, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill No. 46 (S.B....more

Regulations Affect Health Insurance Exchange Navigators, Mortgage Servicers

At both the federal and state levels, 2013 is proving to be a year of significant activity and regulatory changes for the insurance industry. Originally Published in TortSource - Summer 2013....more

Senate hearing on debt industry focuses on documentation and medical debts

Collection documentation and medical debts proved to be the focus of much of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the debt industry. The witnesses were Corey Stone, CFPB Assistant Director, Office of Deposits,...more

New York AG Obtains Health Care Credit Card Settlement

On June 3, AG Schneiderman announced an agreement with a credit card issuer to resolve an investigation into alleged consumer protection concerns arising from the offering of credit cards through medical care providers. ...more

Senators Ask CFPB to Consider Regulation of Medical Debt Collection

Four Democratic senators recently submitted a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray requesting that the agency consider regulations restricting the use of medical debts in credit...more

California Establishes Centralized Privacy Unit for Enforcement and Education

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently announced the creation of a new task force designed to enforce consumer privacy laws and to prosecute those companies - located both within and outside the state - that...more

The European Court affirms that public safety comes first: financial considerations cannot justify the placing on the market of...

Abstract: On 29 March 2012, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued a ruling in a case brought by the European Commission against Poland declaring unlawful the supply of unlicensed medicines on financial grounds as a...more

Physicians as Investment Fraud Targets

In uncertain times people derive a false sense of comfort doing in business with a personal or social contact or a member of their own religious or ethnic community. That comfort level is unfortunately replacing required...more

Debt and Mental Health Law in Scotland

First published in the Adviser (March/April 2010)...more

Greening of Consumer Products - June 18, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California sues 'Natural' companies over carcinogenic chemical was found in over 100 'organic' soaps *Government experts, lawmakers clash over the safety of BPA *FDA official says plastic bottles...more

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