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Notable New State Privacy and Data Security Laws – Part Two

This is the second in a two-part series addressing recent developments in state privacy and data security laws. This article addresses new laws about student privacy, enforcement/ punishment for data privacy and security...more

CFPB Evaluates Use of Alternative Data and Modeling Techniques in the Consumer Lending Credit Process

On February 16, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the consumer lending “credit process.” The...more

Non-Physician Learned Intermediaries

One of us was asked a question the other day that we couldn’t answer immediately. “Does the learned intermediary rule apply to a physician’s assistant?” We didn’t remember any cases actually deciding that issue. So we did...more

Bad System Conversion Leads to CFPB Consent Order for Prepaid Card Provider and its Vendor

The CFPB continues to flex its muscle and expand its reach, this time punishing a prepaid card provider and its vendor for a conversion to a new system that did not go as planned. The consent order, which was entered into...more

Want to Know Why Memorial Healthcare Systems Is Paying HHS OCR $5.5 Million?

On February 16, 2017, HHS OCR announced that Memorial Healthcare Systems (MHS) had paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $5.5 million to settle potential violations of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules...more

Noodle This! The Yin and Yang of Two Courts, Two Antitrust Cases, Two Class Certification Motions, Two Daubert Challenges, Two...

Noodle this: Two significant orders on class certification in antitrust matters issued last week. Both were heavily influenced by the threshold determination of Daubert challenges to the plaintiffs’ expert evidence. In one...more

The U.S.-EU Covered Agreement: Different Assessments By Different Audiences

On January 13, 2017, the week before the inauguration of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the negotiations between the full text of the agreement...more

TCPA Connect - February 2017

Case Not Moot Even After Rule 67 Funds Deposited - Is a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action moot where a defendant actually deposits sufficient funds with the court to satisfy a plaintiff’s claim pursuant to...more

Florida AG Enters $8 Million Consent Order with Loan Service and Referral Companies

On February 14, 2017, the Florida Attorney General’s Office (Florida AG) announced that it had entered into three consent judgments and one settlement with four affiliated loan service companies and their operators, resolving...more

Student Loan Debt Collector Settles with FTC for $700,000 Over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

On February 14, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had entered into a stipulated order with a student loan debt collector, resolving allegations that the debt collector violated the Fair Debt...more

Important Deadlines Loom For Landlords Under Portland Residential Renter Protection Ordinance

For a very limited time, residential landlords can rescind some pending Notices of Termination and Notices of Rent Increases that would otherwise trigger Relocation Assistance under Portland’s new Renter Protection...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates and Grants En Banc Review of Decision That Declared CFPB Unconstitutional

In an order on February 16, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the panel decision and granted the petition by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for an en banc rehearing in PHH...more

FDA to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss the Use of the Term “Healthy” in Food Labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) announced this week that it will be hold a public meeting on March 9, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to discuss the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of food...more

The TCPA and Risk of “Sabotage Liability”

Takeaway: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) broadly defines the “sender” of a facsimile advertisement to include any entity “whose goods or services are advertised.” On its face, this language creates risk of...more

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

On January 11, 2017, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced Senate Bill 105 which proposes a substantial change to the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”). Senator Fischer was...more

Vizio Pays $2.2 Million To Settle With The FTC Over Its Data Collection And Sharing Practices

On February 6, 2017, Vizio Inc., a manufacturer and seller of internet-connected “smart” televisions, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Office of the New Jersey...more

Advocating for Patient Safety: Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety submits comments in response to FTC Proposed Rule...

The Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety (“Coalition”) is a group of health care providers, medical device manufacturers and academic institutions dedicated to ensuring the safe and appropriate use of contact lens so that...more

Vermont Vapor Up in Smoke for Allegedly Deceptive E-Cig Marketing Practices

Last week, Vermont Vapor, Inc. (“Vermont Vapor”) announced that the Vermont Attorney General’s Office is seeking $50,000 in penalties in connection with Vermont Vapor’s e-cig marketing practices. How can e-cig...more

CFPB seeking information on use of alternative data in credit process, including by small business lenders

The CFPB has issued a request for information (RFI) that seeks information about the use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. According to the CFPB, the RFI stems from the Bureau’s desire...more

The February 2017 Update – The Mintz Matrix

During 2016, amendments to breach notification laws in five states went into effect (California, Nebraska, Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee). And by the end of last year, well over twenty states had introduced or were...more

FBI Warns of Romance Scams that “Break Hearts and Bank Accounts”

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the FBI issued a timely warning about the rise of “Romance Scams.” This type of Internet crime typically targets older widowed or divorced women. While these women are typically computer...more

Technical Noncompliance with HIPAA Can Lead to Big Penalties

As discussed in prior client alerts, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the agency charged with HIPAA enforcement, has increased HIPAA compliance initiatives in recent months and is poised to continue its enforcement...more

CFPB Monthly Report Spotlights Mortgage Products

The CFPB has issued its monthly complaint report and is shining its spotlight on mortgage products. The Monthly Complaint Report provides a high level snap shot of trends in consumer complaints, using a three month rolling...more

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

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

Food for Thought: A Review of 2016 Litigation

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

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