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Court Rejects TCPA Claims Based on Theory of Third-Party Liability

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia recently granted summary judgment for the defendant alarm manufacturers in In re Monitronics International, Inc. Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation...more

EPA Proposes Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory "Reset" Rule - Pragmatic Proposal Reflects Stakeholder Suggestions

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in today’s Federal Register its proposed approach to updating the list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the United States, commonly known as...more

State Data Breach Notification Laws

While most state data breach notification statutes contain similar components, there are important differences, meaning a one-size-fits-all approach to notification will not suffice. What’s more, as data breaches continue to...more

Florida Fantasy Sports Regulations Coming Soon?

This week a Florida State Senator introduced proposed revisions to the State’s gaming laws intended to, among other things, regulate fantasy sports within the State of Florida. The bill proposes enacting the Fantasy Contest...more

Failure to Timely Notify Results in Enforcement Action and Significant Settlement

For the first time, on January 9, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS/OCR) settled a HIPAA enforcement action based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

Ninth Circuit and “Ascertainability”: No “Administratively Feasible” Method of Identifying Class Members Required

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to grant class certification, finding that, at the class certification stage, Rule 23 does not require plaintiffs to demonstrate that there is an...more

FTC Takes Action Against D-Link for Deceptive Practices Endangering the IoT

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has filed a lawsuit against device manufacturer D-link for allegedly deceiving the marketplace about the security of its products and, in turn, unfairly placing customer privacy at...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

FTC Secures $19.4 Million in Judgments Over Mortgage Relief Scheme

On January 11, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had agreed to two stipulated orders with individuals who participated in an alleged fraudulent mortgage relief scheme. According to the FTC, the...more

CFPB possibly amenable to changing its prepaid account rule

At a panel discussion today on the prepaid account rule, held as part of the meeting of the American Bar Association Committee on Consumer Financial Services in Carlsbad, CA, Kristine Andreassen, the team leader for the CFPB...more

CFPB Orders Medical Debt Collection Law Firms To Pay Over $600,000 For Alleged Misrepresentations

On January 9, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order with two affiliated medical debt collection law firms over allegations that the law firms used deceptive...more

FTC Files Lawsuit Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

On January 9, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against one individual and affiliated companies, alleging that they sold...more

Proposed reform measure passed by House would result in seismic change in congressional review procedure for “major rules”

We have previously written about the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which was enacted as part of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996. The CRA created a fast-track legislative process for Congress to nullify...more

Lawmakers take sides on Director Cordray’s future; Senator Warren urges consumer advocates to defend CFPB

Battle lines over Director Cordray’s future at the CFPB are predictably forming along party lines. Earlier this week, two Republican senators sent a letter to Vice President-elect Pence urging Director Cordray’s removal by...more

CFPB issues final rule to adjust civil penalties for inflation

The CFPB has published a final rule to adjust for inflation the civil penalties within its jurisdiction. The adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 which, pursuant to a 2015...more

Florida District Court Rejects Use of Statute of Limitations as a Basis for Asserting Consumer Protection Claims

Action Item: Florida District Court rejects use of statute of limitations as a basis for asserting a consumer protection claim and finds that SOL Issue should be raised—if at all—as an affirmative defense to an actual...more

CFPB’s national debt collection consumer survey findings lays groundwork for future enforcement and rulemaking priorities

Early yesterday, the CFPB released the findings of its national debt collection consumer survey. Both the headline of the CFPB’s press release and Director Cordray’s remarks highlight the survey’s finding that “over...more

FTC Charges Taipei Based D-Link for Inadequate Security of Computer Routers and Cameras

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in Northern California against D-Link for putting thousands of consumers at risk over the past decade for failing to have adequate security practices in its routers and...more

Subway Turns Back Class Action Over Free Sandwich Text Message Promotion

Subway scored a recent victory when a federal court dismissed a putative class action brought by two customers over a free sandwich promotion alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) after...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2017

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The NYDFS revised its proposed cybersecurity regulations, the FDIC sought comment on its new de novo bank deposit insurance handbook, federal banking agencies finalized streamlined call...more

FDA Finalizes Tobacco Product Intended Use Rules, Under a Risk of Rescission by Congress

As we’ve previously written about, 2016 represented a regulatory sea change for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), who became subject to FDA...more

Joint Commission Confirms Ban on Texting of Patient Care Orders

After briefly considering a reversal of its prohibition on texting orders, The Joint Commission (TJC), in consultation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced last month that its ban would continue...more

EU Proposed ePrivacy Rules to Extend to all Electronic Communications Providers

On January 10, the European Commission proposed new legislation that would update and supplement current ePrivacy rules and extend their scope to all providers of electronic communication services. The following is a...more

NYDFS Modifies, Delays Implementation of Cybersecurity Rules

The modified rules, which still remain among the most prohibitive, could be adopted in final form as early as this month. Since September 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been...more

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