Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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Insurance Recovery Law - October 2015

Unfair Trade Practices Exclusion Doesn't Cover Consumer Protection Suits - Why it matters: An unfair trade practices clause did not bar coverage for a policyholder's subsidiary, an Illinois federal court ruled, ordering...more

Advertising Law - October 2015

Commercials Pulled After Endorser Admits 9/11 Lies - The revelation that an endorser lied about his whereabouts on September 11 led a national sports-themed restaurant chain to stop airing commercials where the actor...more

CFPB Online Loan Suit Sent to California

In the most recent development in the CFPB’s two-year-old lawsuit alleging unfair, deceptive, and abusive practices by several online lenders, on September 23, 2015, Massachusetts U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, Jr.,...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Features Key Developments in Intellectual Property and Information Technology

On October 5, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) countries announced that they had resolved all remaining issues and reached a final agreement on the long-anticipated regional free-trade agreement. As King & Spalding...more

Waiving the Right to Appraisal Just Got Easier in Texas

Any Texas lawyer with even a passing interest in insurance law knows that if you want to see sparks fly, just utter the word “appraisal” near a couple of insurance lawyers. If you really want fireworks, make sure one...more

CFPB Takes Action against Indirect Auto Lender over its Debt Collection Practices

On October 1, the CFPB ordered an indirect auto lender and its auto title lending subsidiary to pay more than $48 million in restitution and consumer relief over allegations that both companies engaged in unlawful debt...more

Hi-Tech Accuses Dynamic of Trademark Infringement and False Claims of Steroid Powered Products

On September 28, 2015, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hi-Tech”), a Georgia corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Dynamic Sports Nutrition, LLC d/b/a Anabolic Research (“Dynamic”), and Brian Clapp...more

How UK Brands That Use Vlogger Endorsements & Social Media for Marketing Can Stay on the Right Side of the Law

Vloggers have become the reality stars of our times. For an increasing number of social media users, what was once a hobby is now a lucrative career. You may be surprised to learn that Felix Kjellberg (aka “PewDiePie”), a...more

CFPB Reports Continued Mortgage Servicing and Other Violations of Consumer Financial Law

In its Supervisory Highlights released earlier this summer, the CFPB reported its examination observations in consumer reporting, debt collection, mortgage origination and servicing, fair lending, and student loan servicing....more

CFPB Continues to Target Add-On Credit Products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has stepped up its enforcement actions alleging deceptive and unfair practices in marketing and billing for add-on credit protection products. Add-on products have been one of...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Delivers $35 Million Body Blow to Body Shops

Auto insurers control the cost of collision repairs through the use of direct repair programs. The programs feature networks of auto body repair shops that enter into contracts agreeing to discount labor rates and other...more

Are Insurers Engaged in Deceptive Practices and Illegal Pricing? If so, what can be done about it?

We wish to call attention to a disturbing trend, that even in the highly regulated field of personal lines coverage, homeowners and auto policies, the insurance industry is engaged in courses of conduct designed to write...more

Add-On Products Add up to $63M Settlement With FDIC

Why it matters - Credit card add-on products were the subject of a recent enforcement action brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) against Comenity Bank of Delaware and Comenity Capital Bank in...more

CFPB Orders Indirect Auto Finance and Title Loan Companies to Pay $48.35 Million in Redress and Penalties For Abusive Debt...

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Westlake Services, LLC, an indirect auto finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC, for alleged deceptive debt collection practices. The...more

What is reasonable? The emerging legalities of cybersecurity post-Wyndham

This month’s edition of the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s newletter includes my discussion of lessons to be learned from the Wyndham decision: Historically, security was an issue reserved in a back room for the IT...more

Advertising Law - September 2015 #3

State AGs Settle Negative Option Marketing Case for $1M: Negative option marketing cost one company $1 million in a recent deal with the Attorneys General of New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. According to the...more

FTC v. Wyndham: The Third Circuit Recognizes FTC Authority to Regulate Commercial Cyber Security Practices

In 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation agreed to hear an immediate appeal on two issues: “whether the FTC has authority to regulate cybersecurity under...more

Ruling Allows Gerber False Advertising Suit to Crawl Onward

For plaintiffs concerned that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 19, 2015 decision in Brown v. GNC Corp. signaled the muscling in of a stricter new pleading standard for false advertising class actions nationwide, a...more

One-Two Punch: CFPB Indirect Auto and Add-On Product Orders

The CFPB announced two new enforcement action settlements on September 28: one for alleged discriminatory auto loan pricing and the other for alleged deceptive credit card add-on product marketing practices....more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

The New Paradigm in Vendor Management Under the CFPB

This past July marked the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a period marked by sweeping changes to the regulatory and administrative environment in which financial...more

FCC Updates Contest Rule to Provide Flexibility to Meet Disclosure Requirements

Radio and television stations, as well as their audiences, have reason to celebrate. Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced significant updates to its regulations regarding the disclosure of material...more

Vermonters Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Testing Deceit

Vermont Volkswagen car owners headed by Charlotte resident Robert Turnau have sued Volkswagen companies in Germany and the United States over damages they suffered as a result of the company’s falsification of emissions...more

Deferred-Interest Loan Products Cost Issuer $700,000 in CFPB Deal

Why it matters - Allegedly deceptive enrollment tactics by third-party marketers cost the issuer of healthcare credit cards $700,000 in a settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Springstone...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuse En Banc Rehearing Of Its Decision Applying Shady Grove

This week, the Eleventh Circuit denied a motion for an en banc rehearing of its July decision to reverse the dismissal of a class action brought in the Northern District of Alabama. The decision in July was premised on the...more

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