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Nutter Bank Report, July 2017

CFPB Arbitration Rule Will Prevent Firms From Blocking Class Action Lawsuits - The CFPB has approved a new rule that will prohibit banks and other covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

Republicans File Congressional Review Act Challenge to CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

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As LenderLaw Watch previously reported, on July 10, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Arbitration Rule, which blocks the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and...more

CFPB announces final Arbitration Agreements Rule: what it prohibits, what it requires, and what's next

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published its final Arbitration Agreements Rule (10 CFR § 1040, et seq.), prohibiting mandatory arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer financial services...more

Second Circuit Holds that Contractually-Given Consent Cannot be Revoked Under TCPA

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On June 22, 2017, the Second Circuit decided Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104—a decision which is a win for the TCPA defense bar. In Reyes, the Second Circuit held that, once a consumer consents to...more

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule and How It’ll Likely Be Challenged

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a new rule that may have significant ramifications for the financial industry. The rule aims to stop a now common feature in financial services...more

New CFPB Rule Prohibits Class Action Waivers

by Bryan Cave on

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a rule prohibiting class action waivers in certain pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The rule drastically impacts arbitration clauses currently used...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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Republican Chess Bedsole Announces Bid for Alabama Attorney General- Chess Bedsole, who previously served as the Alabama campaign chairman for President Trump, announced his candidacy to become the Alabama AG. Bedsole is...more

CFPB Moves to Eliminate Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, but Congress Looks to Keep the Rule Off the Books

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a long-awaited and highly contentious final rule to severely curtail the scope of arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule...more

CFPB Finalizes Arbitration Rule, Paving the Way for More Class Action Litigation

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On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the release of its anticipated Arbitration Rule, opening the door for more consumer class actions against financial institutions concerning financial...more

CFPB Releases Final Rule Banning Certain Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

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On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or the Bureau) announced its long-anticipated final rule to prohibit the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to block consumer class actions in contracts...more

CFPB Arbitration Rule Summary: Class Action Waivers Prohibited in Broad Range of Consumer Credit Transactions

On July 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its Final Arbitration Rule. While the CFPB's Final Rule publication weighs in at 775 pages, the rule itself occupies only 11 pages, and the Official...more

Spoiling for a Fight: CFPB Issues Ban on Class Waivers, Daring Congress to Act

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its long-awaited and controversial rule prohibiting class action waivers in consumer contracts. Unless Congress uses the Congressional Review Act (CRA)...more

Bad News and Good News – The CFPB’s Arbitration Rule

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Just when you thought that the practical operational restraints imposed by the new Administration had limited (i.e., handcuffed) the CFPB’s ability to engage in new mischief-making (i.e., new rule-making), today the CFPB...more

Final consumer credit fees guidelines

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On 30 June 2017 the Commerce Commission released its final guidelines on consumer credit fees. This follows the release of the draft guidelines in September 2016....more

Locked-In: TCPA Consent Not Revocable If a Term of Contract

Consent to be contacted under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is not revocable if included as a term of a written contract, according to a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Reyes v....more

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING—Second Circuit Holds that Contractual Consent Provisions Cannot be Revoked

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the biggest TCPA news since the Omnibus—a silver bullet to defeat most revocation cases was hiding in plain sight the entire time. It seems so obvious now. ...more

For-Profit Student Loan Consolidator Reaches Consent Order with State of New Jersey

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?On June 16, 2017, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (“New Jersey AG”) and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced a settlement with a for-profit student loan consolidation service that allegedly...more

CFPB Enforcement Continues to Rise in Q1 2017 as Other Federal and State Enforcement Trend Downwards

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In the first quarter of 2017, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 46 enforcement actions taken against consumer financial service providers. This represents a slight decrease from the 50 enforcement actions taken against...more

California Deals Another Blow to Arbitration Agreements, But It Is Far From A Knockout Punch

California continues to modify the Concepcion landscape. On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court once again issued a pro-consumer ruling that is already being applauded by the plaintiffs’ bar. The ruling came out in...more

McGILL v. CITIBANK, N.A.

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

I have received a few questions from employers about the recent California Supreme Court decision in McGill v. Citibank, N.A.. The McGill case isn’t an employment law case, but rather deals with a consumer class action....more

Chipping Away at Arbitration: California Supreme Court Further Limits Arbitration Waivers

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that an arbitration agreement waiving the right to public injunctive relief is contrary to California public policy and is unenforceable under California law. In McGill...more

What businesses need to know about amendments to Canadian consumer protection laws in 2017

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The past year has been a busy one for provincial governments and consumer protection laws in Canada. Several provinces have been busy closing gaps and loopholes that had resulted in some businesses being caught by consumer...more

District Court Stays Class Action in Favor of Arbitration

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In Zambrana v. Pressler & Pessler LLP, the Southern District Court of New York stayed a putative class action against various creditors for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), referring the...more

Pre-action protocol for debt claims likely to launch in 2017

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A large proportion of the business conducted by the civil courts in England and Wales relates to debt claims and a high proportion of those claims arise under agreements regulated by the Consumer Credit Act 1974. As long ago...more

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