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CFPB Files Complaints Against Credit Repair Companies for Charging Illegal Fees and Misleading Consumers

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On June 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced? that it filed two complaints and proposed final judgments against four California-based credit repair companies for misleading consumers and...more

FCC Slams Serial Robocaller With $120 Million Proposed Fine for “Spoofing” Numbers

We all get them. Repeated marketing calls to our mobile and home phones with the incoming phone number altered to make it appear that it’s a local call, when in fact, the call is from a robo-scammer using IP technology to...more

Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

In a June 13, 2017, ruling on a motion for partial summary judgment in the Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Ocwen Litigation”), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida determined...more

Second Circuit Sets Standard for Disclosure of Interim Financial Results in Offering Documents

On June 21, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision of first impression that sets the standard for determining whether to disclose interim financial documents in a prospectus. In addition, the...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Biogen Investors’ Claims, Finding a Lack of “Connecting Detail,” in In re Biogen Inc....

In this putative class action, investors alleged that Biogen executives misled the public about the impact on sales of the company’s multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera after one patient’s death. Plaintiffs alleged violations...more

The Revival of ECJ Lawsuits: Sweet Tooth For Plaintiffs, or Toothless Claims?

Introduction. On May 22, 2017, plaintiff Jessica Gomez filed an opposition on behalf of a putative class of consumers urging a federal district court judge not to dismiss her lawsuit against Jelly Belly Co. (“Jelly Belly”)...more

Federal Court Dismisses Class Action Alleging Solicitation for Payments on Time-Barred Debt is "Misleading" Under FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in New Jersey dismissed a putative class-action lawsuit against Total Card, Inc. (TCI), a South Dakota-based debt collector. The plaintiff alleged that TCI violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

Personal liability for false and misleading statutory declarations (and supporting statements) - Fancy putting your home on the...

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The Federal Court in 470 St Kilda Road Pty Ltd v Robinson has found that the declarant of a statutory declaration as to a contractor’s payment of subcontractors, workmen and insurances personally liable under the Australian...more

Reported Criminal Probes Regarding Bond Valuations Highlight the Importance of Valuation Procedures

According to recent news reports, the DOJ and the SEC are investigating the possible improper use of third-party broker quotes by hedge fund managers to value illiquid debt securities in their portfolios. Prosecutors are...more

€110 million fine for Facebook by the European Commission for providing misleading information during WhatsApp merger review

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) announced on May 18, 2017, that it was fining Facebook €110 million for providing misleading or incorrect information during the review of the social network’s acquisition of WhatsApp in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC hasn’t had much luck with its attempts so far to hold MBS traders responsible for allegedly lying to customers about MBS prices. Yet on the Monday’s charges against ex-Nomura traders suggests that the agency’s not...more

More Bad News for Uber, This Time From the Southern District of California

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Uber’s attempts to defeat a false advertising lawsuit recently failed. The Southern District of California largely denied the ride share company’s motion to dismiss and motion to strike class allegations. ...more

New York Regulators Lead the Charge to Fill Health Data Protection Gaps Left by Federal Law

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New York AG Settles Data Protection Enforcement Against Mobile Health Apps - After a year-long investigation into mobile health apps claiming to be able to measure vital signs or health indicators through smartphone...more

SEC Brings Post-MCDC Enforcement Actions Against Underwriter and Officials

On April 5, 2017 the SEC released two orders instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (consent decrees) which are the first post-MCDC cases finding securities law violations based on misstatements in official statements...more

Mobile Health App Developers Under Fire for Misleading Claims and Irresponsible Privacy Practices

by Dechert LLP on

Mobile health apps are becoming more and more popular as a tool for consumers in maintaining healthy lifestyles. However, there is a growing concern that the health-related benefits are being over-stated by mobile health app...more

Misstated Summons Did Not Create FDCPA Violation

A summons which stated the consumer had thirty days to answer a debt collection suit did not violate the FDCPA when the state rules of civil procedure only provided for twenty days. In Bryant v. Kass Shuler, P.A., the...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Registrant's Liability For Non-Disclosure Under Item 303 Of Regulation S-K

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 27, 2017, the United States Supreme Court granted a petition for a writ of certiorari to resolve a circuit split on whether corporate issuers’ disclosure obligation under Item 303 of S.E.C. Regulation S-K can be an...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Legalized Drug Use Impacts the Food and Beverage Industry - In the November 2016 general election, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota amended their state constitutions to authorize the use of marijuana for...more

Have You Been Sued By XMission?

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

We are witnessing a spike in both federal and state unsolicited commercial email lawsuits across the country. In particular, many suits have been filed in the Utah federal district courts by XMission, L.C. (“XMission”), a...more

National Debt Relief Provider Reaches $9 Million Settlement with FTC for Deceptive Solicitations

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On March 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas entered a stipulated order prohibiting a national debt relief provider from making misleading...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #4

Not-So-Smart TV: Vizio Settles Over Data Collection - For installing software on smart TVs and collecting viewing data on 11 million consumers without their knowledge or consent, Vizio, Inc. will pay the Federal Trade...more

Unfair Commercial Practices: The European Court of Justice Specifies Criteria for Comparative Advertising

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 8 February 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling stating that comparative advertising can be misleading if consumers are not provided with information on...more

Higher Mitigation of Fines Due to Prompt Implementation of Measures Addressing Authority’s Concerns in Unfair Commercial Practices...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a decision published on 10 February 2017, imposing Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A. (“Samsung”) fines totaling € 3.1 million for alleged aggressive unfair commercial practices, the Italian Competition Authority (the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Three of the six actions filed this week by the Commission were against registered investment advisers. One involved the misappropriation of funds, another centered on the failure to disclose a related party transaction and a...more

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