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FCA announces fall in complaints

FCA has announced a decrease in complaints received between January and June 2015 of 2.1% compared to the previous six months. This has largely been driven by the fall in PPI-related complaints. However, complaints about...more

CFPB Continues to Target Add-On Credit Products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has stepped up its enforcement actions alleging deceptive and unfair practices in marketing and billing for add-on credit protection products. Add-on products have been one of...more

Add-On Products Add up to $63M Settlement With FDIC

Why it matters - Credit card add-on products were the subject of a recent enforcement action brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) against Comenity Bank of Delaware and Comenity Capital Bank in...more

BBA updates Lending Code

BBA and the UK Cards Association have published a revised version of the Lending Code. This self-regulatory code sets standards of good practice when dealing with consumers, micro-enterprises and small charities in the UK for...more

Business Law: The Distinction of Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. Second Circuit Upholds New York’s Prohibition on...

After nearly two years in limbo, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that the New York law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on customers who use credit cards is constitutional and, therefore,...more

Retail Industry EMV Compliance Deadline Arrives Today - Credit Card Fraud Liability Shifts

Starting today, October 1, 2015, a substantial portion of the liability associated with in-store fraudulent credit card purchases shifts from credit card issuers, such as banks or credit unions, to retail merchants. Credit...more

Credit Card Fraud: EMV compliance and shift of liability as of October 1

As of October 1, 2015, all major credit card companies in the United States (including, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) will impose a liability shift for counterfeit presentation of payment cards. In the...more

Notifying Parties In Username/Password Breaches . . . It’s Not Just the Law

As we head into the end of 2015, state legislators across the country continue to strengthen, update and, in some instances, broaden the scope of their respective state data breach notification laws. Specifically, many...more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Third Circuit Recognizes FTC Authority to Regulate Commercial Cyber Security Practices

In 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation agreed to hear an immediate appeal on two issues: “whether the FTC has authority to regulate cybersecurity under...more

New Credit Card Security Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Hardly a week goes by without a news report of a new cyberattack. As any consumer affected by fraud knows, the harm is real. The impact on businesses, government, and other targets is also real, and includes monetary harm...more

One-Two Punch: CFPB Indirect Auto and Add-On Product Orders

The CFPB announced two new enforcement action settlements on September 28: one for alleged discriminatory auto loan pricing and the other for alleged deceptive credit card add-on product marketing practices....more

CFPB and DOJ Take Action Against Fifth Third Bank

On September 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate actions against Fifth Third Bank. The first action—brought only by the CFPB—relates to Fifth Third Bank’s marketing of credit card...more

Flaws and All, CFPB's Arbitration Study Sparks Vigorous Debate over Next Steps in Regulating Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the reaction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration study report, released in March 2015, has been vociferous. All sides of this important debate are loudly proclaiming that their...more

Still a Target: Court Certifies Bank Class Claims Against Retailer Following Data Breach

Although Target has tentatively settled consumer data breach class action claims, the retailer remains in the crosshairs of the plaintiffs’ class action bar. On September 15, a Minnesota federal district court certified a...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...more

Circuit Split on Standing in Data Breach Class Actions Survives Clapper

Last Friday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a retailer’s petition for rehearing en banc of a three-judge panel opinion holding that plaintiffs whose credit card information was stolen in a data breach had...more

Capital Controls in Greece

On 28 June the Greek government imposed capital controls and introduced a bank holiday period, during which the banks remained closed. On 18 July 2015 a new legislative act was passed, with which the bank holiday period ended...more

Chip-and-PIN (EMV) Credit Card Liability Shift is Oct. 1: Are You Ready?

October 1 is right around the corner. Merchants, retailers, hotels and restaurants: are you ready for what’s in your customers’ wallets? Starting next month, the payment card industry’s transition to chip-and-PIN (also known...more

CFPB Cracks Down on Major Debt Collection Companies for Due Diligence and Deceptive Practices Infractions

Last week the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against the nation's two largest debt collection companies for lack of due diligence when buying portfolios of debt, and deceptive practices in collecting on...more

2Q 2015 Sees Increase in Enforcement Litigation

For the second quarter of 2015, Consumer Finance Enforcement Watch tracked 56 enforcement actions taken against consumer finance providers, a slight uptick in enforcement activity from the previous quarter’s 46 actions. ...more

Cheaters, Divorce & Social Media

Files Leaked – Cheating Spouses Exposed - Target, Staples, and Home Depot customer’s credit card information was hacked into this past year. Recently the website that caters to spouses seeking to be unfaithful to their...more

Federal Court Declares Georgia’s Statutory Garnishment Process Unconstitutional

On September 8, 2015, United States District Judge Marvin H. Shoob declared Georgia’s statutory garnishment process unconstitutional in Strickland v. Alexander, No. 1:12-CV-02735-MHS (N.D. Ga. Sept. 8, 2015) (granting summary...more

If Your Business Takes Credit Cards, Are You Ready for October 1, 2015?

October 1, 2015, is the date that many payment networks, including Visa, American Express, Discover, and MasterCard, have set for a counterfeit fraud liability shift. Although that date is just around the corner, many small...more

Application of the FDCPA is limited by the 11th Circuit

Recently, in Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14714 (11th Cir. Aug. 21, 2015), the 11th Circuit held that banks do not qualify as “debt collectors” under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Third Circuit Affirms District Court’s Decision Asserting FTC’s Authority over Companies’ Data Security Practices

On August 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to hold companies accountable for their data security practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. §...more

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