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Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect and One More Banking Hurdle?

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill 863. The bill attracted bi-partisan support as it moved through the legislature and is well intended. The bill protects consumer names, addresses and other...more

Fed Assesses First Penalty for Volcker Rule Violation

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has assessed its first penalty for violation of the Volcker Rule against Deutsche Bank AG. The Volker Rule required Deutsche Bank’s Chief Executive Officer to annually...more

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - April 2017

by DLA Piper on

Six consumer groups ask major food companies to oppose regulatory reform bill. On April 11, a coalition of six consumer organizations sent a letter to 11 major food manufacturers, retailers and restaurant chains, calling upon...more

The standard of fairness in South African law – a case for the petroleum industry

by Dentons on

Pacta sunt servanda is a longstanding principle under South African law. This principle recognises that parties are free to contract and must be bound by the terms of an agreement. However, pacta sunt servanda is not without...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Broadband Privacy Regulation?

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a rare Joint Resolution of Congress under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which disapproved the Broadband Privacy Rules adopted late last year by then-Chairman Wheeler’s...more

House Financial Services Committee Plans Major Changes to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

One of the cornerstones of the Republican platform during the 2016 elections was to undertake a major overhaul of the Dodd-Frank Act, the landmark Obama-era law that spurred over 22,000 pages of new regulations and...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

CFPB to hold May 10 field hearing on small business lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB will hold a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017. The announcement, which took the form of a posting on the events page of the CFPB’s website, contains only the usual statement...more

CyberOhio Initiative – An Update from the Ohio AGO

We recently posted on the Ohio Attorney General’s CyberOhio initiative and forecasted that the Ohio Attorney General might be the first of many Attorneys General to join forces with industry in the struggle to protect...more

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in Civil Investigative Demand Enforcement Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools, affirming a decision by the D.C. district court to deny...more

Congress Should Resist Legislating in Reaction to United Airlines’ Recent Passenger Bumping Incident

by Cozen O'Connor on

The recent forced removal of a United Airlines passenger by airport security officers from a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to make room for the airline’s employees has prompted calls in Congress for...more

Launch of Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework Announced by US Secretary of Commerce

by Revision Legal on

International commerce is a huge business, but one of the challenges involved in conducting international business is that different countries may have different laws concerning privacy and the handling of personal data. Many...more

CFPB Director Cordray Testifies Before House Financial Services Committee

by Goodwin on

On April 5, 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to present the CFPB’s semi-annual report, which is...more

OIG issues report on CFPB contract award controls; updated work plan includes evaluation of CFPB’s supervisory corrective action...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB recently issued an audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” The objective of the OIG’s audit was to assess the...more

Enforcement Is On The Menu: May 5, 2017 Is The Deadline To Comply With Menu Labeling Rules

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Over two years ago, on December 1, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) published a food labeling rule requiring “chain” restaurants and similar retail food establishments to list calorie information on menus...more

"E-Commerce in India on the Rise"

Despite the headwinds facing Indian e-commerce start-ups, some of which had irrational cost structures and business models based solely on discounts, the overall success and potential of this sector, as well as its...more

Hackers, Keep Out!

by McManis Faulkner on

Hackers are getting more sophisticated each day. It is our job to try and stay a step ahead of them. There is always someone on the outside trying to get in. It is imperative to keep your data secure within your business...more

Court Dismisses Peeling Paint Class Action Against Hyundai, But Grants Third Opportunity to Amend

On April 13, 2017, United States District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell for the Central District of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action complaint alleging that Hyundai sold cars with an alleged latent paint...more

Witnesses announced for April 26 House CHOICE Act hearing

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The House Financial Services Committee has released the witness list for the hearing it will hold this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, to discuss the Financial CHOICE Act....more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

D.C. Circuit affirms denial of CFPB petition to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D. C. Circuit has affirmed the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 denial of the CFPB’s petition to enforce a CID issued to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

Court orders former president of debt collection company to pay $2 million penalty to FTC for alleged FDCPA/FTC Act violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A Texas federal district court has entered a $2 million civil penalty judgment against the former president of a debt collection company for alleged violations of the FDCPA and FTC Act. ...more

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