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Debt Settlement Firm Pleads Guilty In CFPB’s First Criminal Referral

On April 8 the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that a debt settlement company and its owner pled guilty to fraud charges, resolving the first criminal case referred to the DOJ by the CFPB. The...more

Canadian Court Certifies Visa/Mastercard Class Action

In reasons publicly released on Thursday March 27, 2014, Chief Justice Bauman certified two classes of Canadian merchants who allege a price-fixing conspiracy related to Visa and MasterCard interchange fees. As the first...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Retailer’s Credit Card Upgrade Program Did Not Violate TILA

On March 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a retailer’s credit card upgrade program that replaced existing customers’ limited use store charge cards with unsolicited general use credit cards did...more

Visa and MasterCard Endorse HCE

Visa and MasterCard announced in late February plans to support cloud-based mobile payments through a new feature in the Android mobile operating system called Host Card Emulation (HCE). HCE leverages Near Field Communication...more

CFPB testing prepaid card disclosures

Yesterday, the CFPB unveiled two model forms of prepaid card packaging disclosures that it is testing with consumers in Los Angeles. According to its blog post, the CFPB is developing the disclosures in connection with a...more

Director Cordray gives prepaid card advice to state regulators

Director Cordray’s speech yesterday to the National Association of State Treasurers consisted primarily of his standard remarks about the CFPB’s handling of consumer complaints, financial education initiatives, and mortgage...more

CFPB issues second report on servicemember complaints

Earlier this month, the CFPB issued a press release describing its second snapshot report of complaints from military consumers. The report details complaints the CFPB has received from servicemembers, veterans, and their...more

Financial Services Law - Mar 14, 2014

State and Federal Lawmakers, Chair of Fed Weigh in on Regulation of Virtual Currency - The New York Department of Financial Services issued an order on Wednesday that it will immediately start accepting applications...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Clarifies Debt Buyers’ Burden Of Proof

On March 5, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division issued an opinion clarifying the proof necessary for debt buyers to prevail on efforts to collect an assigned debt on a closed and charged-off credit card...more

New Report on PCI-DSS Compliance Finds Room for Improvement

Data breaches are increasingly common, with an estimated $11 billion in global credit-card fraud in 2012 alone. Yet according to a new report, many organizations still fail to take the necessary security measures to prevent...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Clarifies Debt Buyers’ Burden Of Proof

On March 5, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division issued an opinion clarifying the proof necessary for debt buyers to prevail on efforts to collect an assigned debt on a closed and charged-off credit card...more

South Dakota Clarifies Revolving Credit Account Requirements

On March 3, South Dakota enacted HB 1131, which amends state banking laws...more

Pa. Amendments to Installment Sales Statutes Require Attention

Changes to two Pennsylvania statutes governing installment sales will take effect on November 27, 2014, as a result of House Bill 1128, signed into law by Governor Corbett as Act No. 2013-98 (Act 98). Act 98 repeals the...more

Scrutiny of campus financial products grows

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has joined the CFPB’s call for more transparency in the area of campus financial products. Last week, the GAO issued a report on college debit cards in which the GAO recommended...more

Commercial Financial Services Brief: Can My Bank Recover Costs Related to Replacing Debit or Credit Cards?

Many financial institutions are counting the costs they are incurring for replacing customer debit or credit cards as a result of recently discovered security breaches at various national retailers. These costs will be...more

CFPB advises consumers on deferred interest credit cards

The CFPB recently published a blog post to tell consumers what they “need to know” about deferred interest credit cards offered by health care providers. The CFPB states in the blog post that, because health care...more

Target Data Breach: Dangerous Credit

In December, retail giant Target Brands, Inc. revealed it had suffered a data breach affecting approximately 40 million customers across the country. The breach occurred between November 27 and December 15 of last year....more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Credit Card Fee Constitutional Challenge

On January 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a constitutional challenge to certain credit card fees. In re Late Fee and Over-Limit Fee Litig., No. 08-15218, 2014 WL...more

Lost Or Stolen: Liability For Unauthorized Credit Card Charges

On a brisk January day, Mary A. Richman opened her mailbox and was confronted with the sobering sight of thick envelopes from Visa, American Express and MasterCard each containing a month’s worth of extravagant Christmas...more

Scammers Continue to Target Customers

There have been numerous reports that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning to consumers on Monday, January 13, 204, about a Target gift card scam occurring throughout the country on social media...more

The Target and Neiman Marcus breaches: What hoteliers need to know

The Target and Neiman Marcus problem. The massive security breach of Target's customer data may affect more than 110 million Americans -- potentially about 1 in 3 persons living in the United States. Followed in quick...more

A New Year’s Resolution to Avoid Cyber Attacks: It Is Not IF but WHEN … Just Ask Target

On December 13, 2013, it was reported that Target was the victim of a successful cyber attack, resulting in the theft of personal financial information from up to 110 million Target credit card customers – the largest theft...more

Employer’s Final Paycheck Deductions Upheld

The Ninth Circuit just held that an employer is entitled to deduct from an employee’s final paycheck money an employee owes to the employer. Ward v. Costco Wholesale Corp. Costco issued Ms. Ward a company credit card, but...more

The Number of The Day: 70 Million (at least)

The Target data breach story keeps getting worse. The December pre-Christmas disclosure was the theft of up to 40 million Target shoppers’ credit and debit card information in what appeared to have been a hack of the Target...more

CFPB's Arbitration Study—A Warning to Consumer Financial Service Companies

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published its “Arbitration Study Preliminary Results,” mandated by Section 1028(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act (the “Study”). Unfortunately (and despite its statements...more

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