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Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - February 2016

Be Still, My Heart: New Suit Says Fitbits Fail to Track Heartbeats as Promised - Why it matters - Fitbit has been hit with another consumer class action asserting false advertising claims, this time alleging that...more

FDIC Announces RMBS-Related Settlement with New York-Based Financial Institution

On February 2, the FDIC announced a settlement for more than $62 million with a New York-based financial institution to resolve “federal and state securities law claims based on misrepresentations in the offering documents...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Finding of Consumer Fraud Act Violation in Sales Tax Overcollection Case

The Illinois Appellate Court recently affirmed a finding for a plaintiff individual, upholding the circuit court’s conclusion that defendant Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) violated the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business...more

Top Finance Litigation And Regulatory Developments In 2015

This is a summary of the most interesting banking litigation and regulatory developments in 2015. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that are of direct relevance to...more

Morgan Stanley Settles RMBS Litigation with FDIC for $63M

On January 29, Morgan Stanley and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation agreed to settle five suits encompassing state and federal claims alleging that Morgan Stanley made misrepresentations in offering residential...more

Virginia AG Herring Announces Settlement with Banks Over Alleged Mortgage-Backed Securities Fraud

On January 22, Virginia State AG Mark Herring announced a settlement with eleven banks over their alleged misrepresentation of residential mortgage-backed securities to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Retirement...more

CFPB Enforcement Update

This update analyzes the trends and patterns in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s publicly available enforcement actions. Leveraging the analysis in our December 2014 White Paper, CFPB Enforcement by the Numbers...more

Eleven Banks Reach Settlement with Commonwealth of Virginia on RMBS Claims

On Friday, January 22, 2016, eleven banks, including Merrill Lynch, RBS, and Barclays, agreed to settle claims brought by the Commonwealth of Virginia in a 2014 action alleging misrepresentations as to the nature, quality,...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

University Faces Action for Alleged Deceptive Advertising of Graduates' Employment, Earning Prospects

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against the operators of DeVry University in which it alleges that DeVry violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting the employment...more

Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

Government Can Fail to Preserve Too, Court Awards Sanctions (New Jersey)

United States v. Vaughn, 2015 WL 6948577 (D. N.J. Nov. 10, 2015) - In this criminal case, a pro se defendant sought to dismiss the indictment and other sanctions for the government’s failure to preserve text messages...more

Illinois Appellate Court Reinforces Rule Providing Immunity to Attorneys for Errors in Judgment

Judgmental immunity is alive and well in Illinois. Navar v. Tribler, Orpett & Meyer, P.C., 2015 WL 6163619 (Ill. App. Ct. Oct. 19, 2015). A recent Illinois appellate court decision held that a rule affording...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

Calculating SEC Civil Money Penalties: Do Hundreds of Related Acts Constitute a Single Course of Conduct or Hundreds of Separate...

In addition to going to court to seek sanctions, the Securities and Exchange Commission may impose civil money penalties in its own administrative proceedings on any person who violates, or causes a violation of, the federal...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms Motion to Dismiss RMBS Complaint Against Morgan Stanley

On January 12, 2016, the Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme Court affirmed a trial court order granting Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss claims brought by Dexia SA’s subsidiary FSA Asset...more

The North Carolina Supreme Court Weighs in Again on Reliance

We begin 2016 by studying a new decision on a familiar issue: the degree of reliance required in a claim under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. North Carolina law now holds that a plaintiff who makes a 75-1.1 claim based on a...more

Swisscanto v. Blackberry: What constitutes a “public correction” for the purpose of secondary market misrepresentation class...

In Swisscanto v. Blackberry(“Swisscanto”), the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered, for the first time, what constitutes a “public correction” of an alleged misrepresentation in a secondary market securities class...more

CIBC v. Green: The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Key Provisions of the Ontario Securities Act and the Ontario Class...

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada offers both clarity and further questions on the timing of secondary market misrepresentation claims brought under the Ontario Securities Act (the “Securities Act”). While we...more

Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny

One of several class actions that arose in the wake of a 2013 investigation by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) into so-called “shadow insurance,” Robainas v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., has been...more

The Year in Review

As 2015 comes to a close, we thank you, our readers, for your interest and support. When we started this blog, we sensed that businesses, judges, and lawyers had a watchful eye on N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1. Thank you for...more

Snack Time: Court Finds Prominent Pictures of Produce on Fruit Snacks Not Deceptive

Last month, the Northern District of California held that prominent photographs of fruits and vegetables on Plum Organics’ food packaging were not enough to mislead a reasonable consumer into believing that the pictured...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: Released after 11:30 a.m. AC36320 - Valencis v. Nyberg - This decision upheld the granting of a PJR for ~ $1.5 million in favor of the plaintiff property owner when the...more

The Argument for Utmost Good Faith in Property Insurance

The term “bad faith” is commonly understood as a breach of the implied duty of good faith and fair dealing recognized in insurance contracts due to the “special relationship” between an insured and an insurer. Breach of this...more

Recent Decision Clarifies Availability of Defences at the Leave Stage in Statutory Securities Class Actions

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s (Court) recent decision in Rahimi v. SouthGobi Resources (Rahimi) confirms that courts will consider and evaluate defences at the leave stage of a statutory secondary market disclosure...more

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