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Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

PayPal Reaches Settlement With Texas Over Venmo Privacy and Security Disclosures

Venmo is a peer-to-peer mobile payments service that PayPal acquired in 2013. Users can transfer money to another person using a mobile or web application (e.g., send money to a friend to split the cost of dinner). On May 20,...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2016 #2

K&S Client Alert: Third Try Is A Charm: Defend Trade Secrets Act Of 2015 Enacted Into Law—For the third consecutive year, Congress introduced legislation to create a federal civil cause of action for trade secret...more

Vermont AG Enters Largest Settlement With Online Payday Loan Processor

On May 20, the Vermont Attorney General announced a settlement with an Arizona processer of internet payday loans, resolving allegations that the company violated the state’s prohibition on unfair and deceptive acts in...more

Supreme Court: Special Counsel Using State AG Letterhead Not in Violation of FDCPA

On May 16, the Supreme Court reversed the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that special counsel using Ohio AG letterhead to collect debts owed to the state is false or misleading in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

SCOTUS decides FDCPA case

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Sheriff v. Gillie that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General (OAG) did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Contractor's Use of AG Letterhead Not a Violation of FDCPA, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it used the Attorney...more

Supreme Court Reshapes Consumer Financial Law with Two Recent Decisions

The Supreme Court issued two interesting decisions recently that will affect the consumer financial industry. In Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the Court held that when it comes to Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations,...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in six cases today: Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339: The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 (“FCRA”) imposes a number of requirements regarding the creation and...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects FDCPA Claim Against Private Attorneys Collecting Debt for State Attorney General

On May 16, 2016, in Sheriff v. Gillie, Case No. 15-338, the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Sixth Circuit holding that private attorneys contracted by a state attorney general’s office to collect debt owed to state...more

The United States Supreme Court Issues Two (2) Important Rulings Today which Provide Important Interpretations of what is Consumer...

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court on Monday sided with an online "people search engine" company, Spokeo.com ("Spokeo"), to provide critical insight as to when and how consumers can sue for privacy violations...more

Supreme Court Decides Sheriff v. Gillie

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Sheriff v. Gillie, No. 15-338, holding that special counsel retained by Ohio’s Attorney General to collect debts on the state’s behalf did not violate the Fair Debt Collection...more

Georgia Attorney General Supports Federal Data Breach Standard

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has come out in support of federal data breach preemption as a more realistic way to ask companies to comply with regulatory requirements in the wake of a breach or data loss incident.  His...more

Pennsylvania AG Sues Financial Services Company for Defrauding Veterans

On May 5, 2016, the Pennsylvania Attorney General announced the filing of a civil lawsuit in the Clinton County (PA) Court of Common Pleas against an Ohio financial services company and its owner for misleading at least four...more

When Attorneys General Attack: Cybersecurity Investigations and Related Insurance Coverage Issues

Are criminal cyberattacks increasing in sophistication and frequency? Yes. Is every company, in every industry, that collects or stores sensitive customer, employee, or business data vulnerable to cyberattacks?...more

Hot topics for state attorneys general

The role of state attorneys general (AGs) as an investigative and enforcement powerhouse for consumer protection and antitrust matters presents challenges and opportunities for corporate entities in all industries. By...more

Good Things Happen In Threes: Tennessee Becomes Third State To Enact DFS Law

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Fantasy Sports Act into law. The Act expressly defines fantasy sports contests as games of skill and regulates them. Passage of the Fantasy Sports Act makes...more

Illinois AG Settles with New York Investment Bank Over RMBS Practices

Last week, Illinois AG Madigan announced a $41 million settlement with a New York-based investment bank for its alleged misconduct in connection with the marketing and selling of at risk residential mortgage-backed securities...more

When Attorneys General Attack: AGs’ Aggressive Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures, and Getting Your Insurer to Provide...

Who’s afraid of New York’s Martin Act? Right now, a lot of Wall Street and energy industry companies, that’s who. Why are they concerned about the Martin Act? Because it grants the New York State Office of the Attorney...more

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations - Local authorities may not institute preferential parking regulations that discriminate among residents based on the residents’ dwelling type,...more

Drive to Regulate Auto Lenders Continues With $7.4M Deal

The latest regulator to take on an auto lender: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reached a $7.4 million deal with American Credit Acceptance LLC (ACA) and Westlake Services LLC over allegations of excessive...more

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Claiming Statute That Authorizes “Gag Orders” Is Unconstitutional

Adding to the number of recent, high-profile confrontations between the government and tech companies concerning the limits of government investigations and the protection of privacy interests, last week, Microsoft filed a...more

Nebraska Amends Data Breach Notification Law

Last week, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed into law LB 835, which makes the following amendments to the state’s data breach notification statute: - Adds to the definition of “personal information” a user name or...more

New Jersey Issues Bulletin Clarifying Licensure Standards for Internet Gaming

Today, the New Jersey DGE issued a “Director’s Advisory Bulletin” clarifying how it would apply its suitability rules to gaming license applicants who conduct internet gaming in other jurisdictions. If you offer a game that...more

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