European Free Trade Association

The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven... more +
The European Free Trade Association is an intergovernmental organization established in 1960 to facilitate and promote free trade among its member states and as a counterbalance to the more politically-driven European Economic Community (EEC). The current member states of the EFTA are Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.   less -
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EFTA Court to Rule on The Interpretation of Restriction of Competition by Object

In Depth - On 19 February 2016, the Supreme Court of Norway asked the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court to provide an advisory opinion on the legal test required to qualify an agreement as restricting...more

Senate Legislation to Regulate Small-Dollar Loans and Prepaid Cards

On April 7, 2016, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the “Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic Lending Act of 2016,” or “SAFE Lending Act of 2016,” amending the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Electronic Fund...more

Don’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth: Beware of Liability Under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act

Many of us have had a similar experience. We receive a gift card, put it in a “safe” place with other gift cards, and forget it exists. Inevitably, we uncover the gift card and find ourselves asking questions such as: Does...more

"Brexit Bites": Employment Law Implications

Although much of the UK’s current employment law framework derives from the EU, it seems unlikely that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in significant legal changes, at least in the short term. There are several reasons...more

2016 Data Breach Litigation Report

Data security breaches – and data security breach litigation – dominated the headlines in 2015 and continue to do so in 2016. Continuous widely publicized breaches have led to 30,000 articles a month being published that...more

CFPB Releases Guidance on Financial Exploitation of Older Americans

On March 23, the CFPB simultaneously issued a report and an advisory providing financial institutions with information on the financial exploitation of older Americans and recommendations on how to prevent and respond to such...more

Brexit: Options for and Impact of the Possible Alternatives to EU Membership

The UK is holding a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union. There seems to be a disconnect between some aspects of public discourse on the vote and the actual effect of an...more

Brexit: What does it mean for companies doing business in the UK?

The fate of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union hangs in the balance. Britons are due to go to the polls to vote in a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the...more

Brexit: what are the implications for employment law?

The possibility of a UK exit from the EU – colloquially known as a Brexit – is high on the political, business and media agenda. On 23 June the UK will hold an in/out referendum to determine whether we should remain a member...more

Bank Customers Who Did Not Report Unauthorized ElectronicTransfers for Two and a Half Years Denied Recovery

It is a common scenario faced by financial institutions on a regular basis: a customer alleges that electronic transfers from his account were unauthorized and demands that the institution re-credit the amount to his account....more

FTC Touts Record Yield in Payday Lending Case

Why it matters - A pair of online payday lenders will pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $4.4 million to settle charges that they tricked consumers by failing to disclose inflated fees in what the agency said was...more

Federal court issues mixed ruling on PA AG’s Dodd-Frank UDAAP claim based on alleged “rent-a-bank” and “rent-a-tribe” schemes

An attempt by the Pennsylvania Attorney General to use her Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority recently met with only partial success in Pennsylvania federal district court. Section 1042 allows state attorneys general and...more

CFPB Warns About "Heightened Risk" of In-Person Debt Collections, Settles Case Against Lender for $10.5 Million

Why it matters - In conjunction with the announcement of a $10.5 million agreement with a lender that allegedly engaged in illegal debt collection practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a...more

CFPB Compliance Bulletin Outlines Requirements for Automatic Debit Authorization

On November 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Compliance Bulletin reminding covered entities of their obligations under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E to obtain...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Online Payday Lenders Over Alleged Violations of TILA and EFTA

On January 5, the FTC announced separate settlements with two online payday lenders to resolve charges dating back to April 2012 that the defendants violated TILA, the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), and the...more

CFPB Reminds Companies of Automatic Debit Authorization Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a compliance bulletin (“Bulletin”) reminding entities of their obligation to obtain consumer authorization prior to automatically debiting a consumer’s account for...more

CFPB Orders Small-Dollar Lender to Pay $10 Million for Debt Collection Practices; Releases Compliance Bulletin

On December 16, the CFPB announced a consent order against a Texas-based small-dollar lender for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and the EFTA’s...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Debt Collection Firm EZCORP, Inc. and Issues In-Person Debt Collection Compliance Bulletin

On December 16, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an administrative enforcement action against debt collection firm EZCORP, Inc. (EZCORP), for allegedly engaging in illegal debt collection...more

Preauthorized EFTs on CFPB Radar

Why it matters - Preauthorized electronic fund transfers (EFTs) were the subject of a new Compliance Bulletin issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), discussing the requirements under the Electronic...more

What’s Driving the CFPB’s Latest Administrative Enforcement Action?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) latest enforcement action suggests that the CFPB may seek to use its administrative enforcement authority to pursue claims of unfair or deceptive conduct that would otherwise...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights 2012-2015

As an early “holiday gift,” to help you more easily search for a particular piece of guidance from the CFPB, we’ve put together two CFPB guidance documents for your review. The first is a compilation of all nine issues of the...more

CFPB Files Notice of Charges Against Online Payday Lender

On November 18, the CFPB announced an action against a Delaware-based online payday lender and its CEO for alleged violations of the Truth in Lending Act and the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, and for engaging in unfair and...more

CFPB Releases Compliance Bulletin Related to Consumer Authorizations for Preauthorized Electronic Fund Transfers

On November 23, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued CFPB Compliance Bulletin 2015-06 to provide companies with guidance related to their obligations under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and...more

CFPB Releases Compliance Bulletin about Obtaining Authorizations for Preauthorized Electronic Fund Transfers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) warned financial companies in a compliance Bulletin Monday that they must have proper authorization before automatically debiting funds from customers’ accounts. (CFPB...more

CFPB issues compliance bulletin on preauthorized electronic payments

The CFPB has issued a compliance bulletin (Bulletin 2015-06) concerning the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) and Regulation E requirements for obtaining a consumer’s authorization for preauthorized electronic fund...more

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