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Unclaimed Property Litigation Update – Spring 2016

Litigation over unclaimed property rules and obligations continues to accelerate. The first quarter of 2016 brought developments in several cases, including a much-watched contest over merchandise credits and a new battle...more

Please Hang Up: Court Dismisses Certified Prepaid Wireless Services Class Action Contract, Gift Card Regulation Claims

In Sankar v. Bell Mobility Inc., the Ontario Court of Appeal (Court) granted summary judgment dismissing a certified class action against Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) related to prepaid wireless services credits. The Court found...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

Store Credits Not Subject to Unclaimed Property, Says California Court

In a decision with potentially broad implications, a California Superior Court has held that merchandise credits not redeemable for cash are not subject to California's Unclaimed Property Law (UPL). The court also held that...more

CFPB Notes Increase in Prepaid Card-Related Consumer Complaints in Monthly Snapshot; Lessons Gleaned

It’s been a couple months now, so you probably saw the CFPB’s Monthly Complaint Snapshot for November 2015, released in December. The product spotlight for November was money transfers. Notably, however, the CFPB also...more

Restructuring eNewsletter - Global Insight Series: Are gift card holders receiving better treatment in situations of insolvency?...

According to the UK Gift Card & Voucher Association, in 2014 the gift card and voucher market was worth £5.4 billion in the UK and $124 billion in the US. Gift cards can confer numerous benefits on the retailer,...more

Debate Over Unclaimed Property Continues Before the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...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

Advertising Law - August 2015 #3

Ad Group to FTC: Keep Right to Be Forgotten Out of U.S. - Responding to a petition filed by Consumer Watchdog with the Federal Trade Commission seeking an expansion of the “Right to Be Forgotten” to the United States,...more

Lender’s Allegedly “One-Sided” Gift Card Arbitration Clause Questioned

On August 6, 2015, a California federal judge requested further briefing on whether the arbitration clause in a lender’s Visa gift card user agreement may be unenforceable against a putative class action plaintiff – raising...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #2

EPIC Drives Uber Complaint to FTC - Uber’s recent legal woes continue. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenged the ride-sharing company’s new privacy policy and requested that the Federal Trade...more

Texas Renews Efforts to Require Cash Redemption of Certain Stored Value Cards

Texas renews effort to require that certain stored value cards be redeemable for cash if the balance on the card is less than $2.50. In early March, Texas House Bill 2391 was introduced. It would require a cash refund...more

N.J. Eliminates Customer Data Collection Requirements for Gift Card Retailers, Issuers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed into law an amendment to the state’s unclaimed property law—S.B. 2235—that eliminated its consumer data collection requirements. In doing so, Governor Christie relieved a...more

A Gift for New Jersey Gift Card Issuers and Retailers: Consumer Data Collection Requirements Eliminated by S.B. 2235

Retailers and issuers of gift cards in New Jersey recently received welcome news: they no longer have to worry about looming consumer data collection requirements. Under existing law, beginning in July 2016, gift card (also...more

Stay Tuned: Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Cash Refunds on Certain Gift Cards/Certificates

Pennsylvania may be joining the several states that require that certain gift cards and gift certificates be redeemable for cash. Senate Bill 150 would require that a gift card or gift certificate be redeemable for cash when...more

Think Carefully Before Giving Gift Cards to an SSI Recipient

The holidays are here and most families are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards are once again expected to be the most popular gift given because they are easy...more

Payment Industry Council Issues Best Practices For Security Awareness

Recently, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council published guidance to help organizations strengthen their security awareness. The guidance, developed by retailers, banks, and technology providers, details...more

Bordering on Unlucky – Gift Card Holders May Not File Late Claims

Don’t wait to spend those gift cards sitting in your junk drawer. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held in an October 29, 2014 decision that gift card holders may be out of luck trying to file claims for unused gift cards...more

Advertising Law - July 2014 #3

Suit Seeks To Include E-Mail Address Under Song-Beverly Protections - First zip codes, now e-mail addresses? According to a new complaint filed in California federal court against Express Fashion Apparel, LLC,...more

California Senate Amends Bill Mandating Microchip Cards; Bill May Reemerge In Next Legislative Session

In an effort to make the legislation more amenable to the banking industry and retailers alike, California lawmakers tweaked a bill that requires the use of microchip technology in payment cards....more

Quirky Question #231, Is it Really Employee Appreciation if the Gift Card is Taxable?

Question: Our company awards prizes at holiday parties and, from-time-to-time, at employee appreciation events. The prizes range from company logo t-shirts to $50 gift cards and cameras worth about $125. Do we need...more

The Case That Could Significantly Disrupt How Companies Manage Their Gift Card Programs and Could Create Billions of Dollars in...

Every company with a gift card program should be aware of the recently unsealed qui tam case in Delaware titled State of Delaware ex rel. French v. Card Compliant, LLC, et al., N13C-06-289 (Superior Court of Delaware, New...more

Stay Tuned: Connecticut Bill Would Require Cash Refunds of Gift Card Balances

Connecticut may join a number of states that currently require merchants to provide the remaining balances on gift cards to consumers in cash upon request....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

Senator Warner introduces prepaid card bill

Despite the CFPB’s plans to issue a proposed regulation concerning prepaid cards this spring, Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill (S. 1903 ) that would require new disclosures for prepaid cards. The bill, entitled the...more

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