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Background check companies to pay $13 million for FCRA violations

General Information Services (GIS) and Inc. (e-Background) agreed to pay $13 million in restitution and fines to settle their violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) charged by the Consumer...more

DOJ Announces Sentencing of Former DEA Agent for Criminal Involvement in Silk Road Investigation

On October 19, the DOJ announced that a former DEA agent was sentenced to 78 months in prison for crimes he committed while working as an undercover agent in the Silk Road investigation. On July 1, the former DEA agent...more

Health Care Physicians in the Crosshairs: Criminal Prosecution

Recent changes to our health care system have been at the forefront of the American news cycle for several years. But certain aspects have not received adequate attention. One example is the scrutiny federal and state...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #3

With EU Safe Harbor Invalidated, Companies Ask: What Now? - What happens now?: That is the question that businesses across the country are asking after the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) threw out the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Relating to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults - On Oct. 15 FINRA published Regulatory Notice 15-37, requesting comment on proposed amendments to...more

CFPB Brings Another Auto Lender Action, This Time for $48M

Why it matters - Continuing its focus on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Westlake Services LLC and subsidiary Wilshire Consumer Credit LLC to pay roughly $48 million for...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #3

Three Individuals Fined and Banned From Trading on CME Group Exchanges for Market Conduct Violations - CME Group business conduct committees permanently banned three traders from trading on CME Group exchanges for market...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Google AdWords Class Can Go Forward, Despite Individualized Damages Calculations

In Pulaski & Middleman v. Google, Inc., the Ninth Circuit recently held that a class could be certified in connection with Google AdWords, even though damages would require some individualized calculations....more

Court Grants Standing Against Coca-Cola Employer for Breach of Employee Information

The decision does not change the law on what is necessary to prove standing, although it does reinforce the notion that a plaintiff will have standing if he or she can allege a concrete injury. In the latest in a slew of...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

How Employers Can Combat Timecard Fraud And Employee Wage Theft

There is nothing so central to wage-hour laws than the sacred domain of “hours worked.” The concept is simple: employees record the time they spend working, and from this data employers generate labor budgets and employee pay...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

The Ninth Circuit Declares That Individualized Damages Issues Alone Never, Ever Preclude Certification of a Rule 23(b)(3) Class

In Pulaski & Middleman, LLC v. Google, Inc., No. 12-16752, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16723 (9th Cir. Sept. 21, 2015), a Ninth Circuit panel held that individualized damages (or restitution) calculations cannot alone defeat Rule...more

Owner of Mortgage Company Sentenced to Serve More Than 11 Years for Role in $64 Million Mortgage Fraud Operation

On September 24, the DOJ released a statement regarding the sentencing of the owner of a Florida mortgage company for allegedly organizing a mortgage fraud scheme. In July 2015, the owner, along with his business partner and...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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US: Court Rules That Happy Birthday to You is In the Public Domain

In a prior blawg post, I wrote about the then-recently filed case of Good Morning To You Productions Corp. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., in which the issue was whether or not the song, Happy Birthday To You, is still...more

CFPB and DOJ Take Action Against Fifth Third Bank

On September 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced two separate actions against Fifth Third Bank. The first action—brought only by the CFPB—relates to Fifth Third Bank’s marketing of credit card...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

Comcast to Pay $33.4 Million for the Unauthorized Disclosure of Customer Contact Information

Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission announced it had approved a $33.4 million settlement with Comcast, which resolves allegations that, due to vendor switches, the company disclosed and published the contact...more

FINRA’s Projected 2015 Fines: Not Keeping Pace With 2014’s Total, But Still a Blockbuster Year

Despite a slowdown in the fines reported in 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has continued to flex its enforcement muscle so far this year. During the first half of 2015, FINRA reported $37.5 million...more

Three AGs Announce $1 Million Settlement with Internet Marketer

Attorneys General in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington recently announced a settlement with an online marketing company over its “negative option” marketing plans. Internet Order LLC advertises an offer whereby consumers...more

“Food” Courts Confirm That Price Premium Is the Proper Measure of Damages in Misbranding Cases

The flurry of food mislabeling class actions filed in California federal courts has recently come to a halt under the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Comcast v. Beherend. Comcast requires that putative class action plaintiffs...more

Former Bank Executive Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Role in TARP Fraud Scheme

On August 20, former bank executive Charles Antonucci was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in organizing a scheme involving self-dealing, bank bribery, embezzlement of bank funds, attempting to fraudulently...more

Uber Ordered to Buckle Up for Litigation: Taxicab Plaintiffs Ride out (in part) Uber’s Motion to Dismiss False Advertising Claims

A group of California taxicab companies sued Uber in federal court in San Francisco for falsely advertising the safety of Uber rides and for disparaging the safety of taxi rides. Uber moved to dismiss plaintiffs’ Lanham Act...more

CFPB, FDIC, and OCC Order Large Financial Institution and Subsidiaries to Pay Nearly $40 Million for Deposit Discrepancies

On August 12, in coordinated enforcement actions, the CFPB, FDIC, and OCC ordered a large financial institution and two of its banking subsidiaries to pay nearly $40 million in fines and restitution for failing to credit...more

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