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Illinois District Court Denies Motion to Certify TCPA Class Action

In the consolidated cases Espejo v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 11 C 8987, 2016 WL 6037625 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016) and Levins v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 12 C 9431, 2016 WL 6037 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016), the...more

Hospitals Considering Merger Face Increased Uncertainty

PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey Medical Center have abandoned their merger plans following a Third Circuit defeat last month. The announcement underscores the uncertainty faced by hospitals considering...more

PHH v. CFPB, Part I: President of Consumer Finance No More

In response to a challenge from mortgage servicer PHH Corp. regarding the constitutionality of the single director structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB or Bureau), the United States Court of...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

Naturally Misleading? Ninth Circuit Keeps “All Natural” Fruit Labeling Dispute Alive

Does a food label advertising a product as “all natural fruit” mislead consumers when that product contains artificial preservatives? That is the question presented in Brazil v. Dole Food Co. Inc., which the Court of Appeals...more

SEC Fines Fantasy Stock Market App Developer

The Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently fined New York-based Forcerank LLC (“Forcerank”) $50,000 in connection with charges that Forcerank’s fantasy stock market mobile app illegally offers complex derivative...more

New Tool in Calif. AG’s Privacy Enforcement Efforts: Consumers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is enlisting new enforcers in her efforts to get companies to comply with the state’s privacy policy requirements: members of the public. On October 14, Harris released an online...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Provides New Online Tool to Report California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Violations

It’s time for a compliance check on those website or mobile app privacy policies, before the California Attorney General comes knocking. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of a new tool for...more

Cybersecurity Requirements Proposed for New York Financial Companies

The New York Department of Financial Services has proposed new cybersecurity regulations “designed to promote the protection of customer information as well as the information technology systems of regulated entities...more

CPSC Recall Snapshot: October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the Alston & Bird CPSC Recall Snapshot. Earlier this month, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye took the uncommon step of threatening furniture makers with mandatory federal rules to address...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman’s fifth annual report highlights complaints about transition from default to income-driven repayment...

The CFPB has released its fifth Annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints....more

D.C. Circuit Weighing FCC’s Controversial 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

Yesterday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit—composed of Judges Srinivasan and Pillard and Senior Judge Edwards—heard argument in ACA International v. FCC, the consolidated appeals from the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order,...more

Paid Celebrity Endorsements in Social Media: The FTC Is Watching

How much trust do you place in celebrities who endorse products on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? Do you stop to consider whether they are compensated for their efforts...more

Navigating the Maze of E-Cig Marketing Regulations

Federal regulators, and states, counties and cities throughout the country, are enacting new laws, rules and regulations in the e-cigarette marketing space. How can e-cig manufacturers and related marketing affiliates...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

Trump University Files Motion to Compel Depositions of Allegedly Defrauded Consumers

On September 16, 2016, Trump University filed a motion to compel the New York State Attorney General to produce the names of the consumers who were allegedly defrauded by Trump University and to produce those witnesses to...more

Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

D.C. Circuit Court Finds the CFPB Misinterpreted Section 8 of RESPA and Violated Due Process with Retroactive Application

The D.C. Circuit Court issued its long-awaited opinion in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir., filed 2015) regarding the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection...more

CFPB Deputy Enforcement Director mum on whether CFPB will seek further review of PHH decision

During the “Developments at the CFPB” panel this morning at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Consumer Financial Services & Banking Law Update program in Philadelphia, Jeffrey Ehrlich, the CFPB’s Deputy Enforcement Director,...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2016"

This is the 13th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: What You Need to Know for Transatlantic Data Transfers

The flow of data across international borders is crucial to commerce in today’s global economy. After last year’s invalidation of the Safe Harbor framework, which enabled companies to transfer personal data from the EU to...more

CFPB Structure Ruled Unconstitutional

On October 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that the CFPB’s structure is unconstitutional. In reaching this...more

PHH v. CFPB: Statutes of Limitation Apply To CFPB Administrative Proceedings: What You Need To Know

The D.C. Circuit Court released its highly anticipated opinion in PHH v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on October 11. This post addresses one important holding from that opinion. In other posts, we will be analyzing...more

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