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Former Debt Collection Company VP Ordered to Pay Penalty and Stop Deceptive Debt Collection Practices

On September 21, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order for a permanent injunction and civil penalty judgment against the vice...more

A Major Change to the Foreign Investment Regime in China

The current Chinese foreign investment laws were enacted decades ago. Under these laws the approval process is typically time-consuming and burdensome for a foreign investor. In an attempt to streamline the regulatory...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

FTC staff paper on lead generation likely to inform CFPB

Almost a year ago, on October 30, 2015, the FTC conducted a workshop on lead generation entitled to “Follow the Lead.” We published a three-part series on the workshop highlighting the key takeaways. On September 15, 2016,...more

OCC, CFPB Charge Bank With Illegal Credit Card Practices

Two regulators have forced one bank to pay $35 million for allegedly improper credit card practices—including fines owed to both the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claim in Hidden Fee Case

On September 2, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a civil RICO claim in Ray v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., a case that challenged Spirit Airlines’ reporting of fees to customers. The Eleventh Circuit’s affirmance...more

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Allegations of Adherence to a Business Association’s Rules Can Trigger Antitrust Liability

Can participation in a business or trade association and allegiance to its rules trigger antitrust liability for association members under the Sherman Act? Next term, the Supreme Court will hear Osborn v. Visa Inc., the...more

EU & Competition Law Update

New EU rules for online selling taking shape - The recent Communication from the European Commission on cross-border e-commerce is likely to have a significant impact on online trading within the European...more

Mixed Blessings – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v MasterCard Incorporated and others [2016] CAT 11

This case is very important in that it is one of the first judgments where damages have been awarded for breach of competition rules in UK. It relates to MasterCard’s alleged anticompetitive card fees (credit and debit...more

Cybersecurity News and Notes - September 2016

In Case You Missed It: The Federal Trade Commission has opened a public comment period to evaluate its Safeguards Rule (16. C.F.R. § 314.3). Under the Gramm-Leach-Bililey Act (GLBA), which regulates financial institutions,...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Law Firms Over Alleged Debt Relief Scheme

On September 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it entered into a stipulated order for permanent injunction against a group of regional law firms over allegations the firms violated the Federal Trade...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

FTC Requests Comments on Safeguards Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release on August 29, 2016, indicating that it is seeking comments on the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information, applicable to financial institutions....more

FTC Bars New York Debt Collector and Companies from Future Debt Collection

On August 24, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the FTC and the Attorney General for the State of New York (New York AG) reached a settlement with a New York debt collector that will ban the owner and...more

New CMA Measures to Boost Transparency & Competition in Retail Banking

On 9 August 2016, following their retail banking market investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that large banks well established in the personal and small business retail market do not have to...more

CFPB’s proposal for collection of decedent debt: a misguided approach (Part I)

This blog post is the first of two on the proposals being considered by the CFPB regarding the collection of decedent debt. In tomorrow’s blog post, I will share my thoughts on the CFPB’s proposal to prohibit debt collector...more

Upcoming FTC Workshop Focuses on Evaluating and Testing Consumer Disclosures

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the full agenda for its upcoming September 15 workshop examining disclosures made to consumers in the course of making advertising claims and describing privacy practices. The...more

CFPB to Participate in FTC Workshop on Consumer Disclosures

On September 15th, the FTC will hold a workshop to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. The FTC’s workshop...more

[Webinar] Developments in the LIBOR antitrust MDL case - August 23rd, 12:30pm CST

You’re invited to join Stacey Slaughter (Partner) and Geoffrey Kozen (Associate), members of the Robins Kaplan LLP Business and Litigation group for a live webinar. Stacey and Geoffrey will provide and track basic information...more

Change Order: The CFPB Previews Its Proposed FDCPA Regulations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently took the next step toward promulgating regulations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by releasing its “Outline of Proposals under Consideration...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

FTC Announces FinTech Forum on Crowdfunding, Peer-to-Peer Payments

On August 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released two items in connection with its series of events on the implications of FinTech for consumers. First, the FTC announced it will be hosting the next event in the...more

What Have Merchants Gained from Payment Card Antitrust Litigation?

In recent years, federal antitrust enforcers and businesses that accept payment cards have been waging a slow war against payment card fees and the card network rules that protect them. The payment card industry’s antitrust...more

The Often Ignored Importance of Antitrust Compliance (Part I of II)

If you ask any Chief Compliance Officer whether their compliance program includes antitrust laws, they will respond quickly and tell you – “Of course we do.” If you follow up you initial question and ask how do you ensure...more

The Competition Appeal Tribunal Hands Down its Highest Ever Damages Award in a Flurry of Firsts

The Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered MasterCard Incorporated (MasterCard) and others to pay £68.6 million in damages to Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd (Sainsbury’s). The CAT held that MasterCard restricted...more

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