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CFPB November 2016 complaint report highlights other financial services complaints, complaints from Oklahoma consumers

The CFPB has issued its November 2016 complaint report which highlights complaints about “other financial services,” a category that includes debt settlement, credit repair, check cashing, and money orders.  The report also...more

Trademark Scam Results in More than $600,000 in Refunds in New Zealand

The records of applications and registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are publicly available, allowing individuals and companies to evaluate the registered trademark rights of third-parties. Unfortunately,...more

Advertising Law - November 2016

Ken Bone: Breakout Star, Violator of FTC Guides? - One thing folks on both sides of the political aisle can agree upon is that Ken Bone left the second presidential debate as a breakout star. But he may have tripped up...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #4

New in False Advertising Suits: "Natural" Claims, Healthy Beverages - Demonstrating that the focus on health-related claims has not abated, two new class actions were filed challenging the "natural" labels for deli meat...more

Advertising Law - October 2016

Suit Over Block Voting on Reviews Moves Forward - A Lanham Act suit brought by a competitor over a company's efforts to minimize negative consumer reviews will move forward, a Utah federal court judge has...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #3

Editor's Note - Investment Company Institute Publishes FAQ on SEC No-Action Letter Regarding Auditor Independence. On September 23, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) published a memorandum (ICI Memo) responding to...more

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Dress: Key Facts and Pitfalls to Avoid

1. The Difference Between a Trademark, Service Mark, and Trade Dress. A trademark is any word, term, phase, symbol, logo, design, shape, tag line, background, color, scent, sound, device, or combination thereof that...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #2

FTC Gives Academic Journals a Failing Grade - The Federal Trade Commission recently filed suit against the publisher of online academic journals that the agency accused of deceiving academics and researchers. OMICS...more

Alleged Mortgage Modification and Debt Relief Scammers to Pay FTC $13.5 Million

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had granted a summary judgment motion against various businesses, law firms and individuals...more

Aer Lingus Warns Customers About Social Media Scam

Social media users should beware of online scams purporting to offer free Aer Lingus flights. One scam asks users to fill out a questionnaire for a chance to win Aer Lingus tickets in celebration of Aer Lingus’ 80th...more

Advertising Law - August 2016

Court Awake To Plaintiff’s Deceptive Sleep-Tracking Claims Against Fitbit - A challenge to Fitbit’s claims that certain models of its exercise monitoring device tracked users’ sleep patterns will move forward after a...more

IRS Confirms – No More Phone Calls (At Least Not Initially)

It has been somewhat of an epidemic. Lots of taxpayers have received calls from persons who claim to be from the IRS and who assert that the recipient of the call has an outstanding federal tax liability. The caller then...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #4

FTC Shuts Down Scam Touting Aid for Disabled Individuals - A telemarketer faces a Federal Trade Commission ban on claims that the sales of products would help disabled individuals....more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: FBI Issues Public Service Announcement About Recent E-Mail Scam Targeting Businesses (6/16)

On June 14, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a public service announcement relating to a recent surge in ‘business e-mail compromise’ (BEC) scams, which are sophisticated scams that target businesses...more

Advertising Law - June 2016

First Circuit Affirms Ruling Against Jerk.com - In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, the First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Commission ruling that website Jerk.com, a self-described reputation management...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

Reports of Scam Letters Being Sent to L-1A Executives

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) have reported that suspicious letters are being sent to L-1A executives. The scam letters claim to be from USCIS and signed by Lori Scialabba, Deputy Director of...more

CFPB Gives Debt Relief Company Targeting Students a Failing Grade

Continuing its focus on the student loan industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a debt relief company to shut down operations and pay a penalty for allegedly scamming borrowers and misrepresenting...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Student Debt Relief Company

On March 15, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it requested a federal court to enter a final order shutting down student debt relief company Student Loan Processing.US. In December...more

IRS Warns of “Surge” in Tax Season Phishing Scams

Tax season ‘tis the season to be phishing, according to the IRS. The IRS has issued a warning to payroll and human resources professionals about a “surge” in phishing emails seen this year. One of the preferred tactics of...more

Advertising Law - March 2016

Tech Company Settles With FTC Over Installation of Apps Without Permission - A technology company that allegedly replaced a Web browser game with a program that installed apps on mobile devices without permission has...more

Alert: Beware of Predatory Student Debt Relief Advertisements that Target Your School

In a recent trend, student debt relief scammers are engaging in aggressive marketing tactics by placing advertisements that target student loan borrowers from a specific institution of higher education. These advertisements...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Privacy Tip #19 – Protecting seniors from scams

A surprising number of seniors are embracing digital technology, including computers, tablets and smartphones. Many use social media and email to stay in touch with friends, children and grandchildren. All of which is good....more

Social Engineering Losses—Embarrassing Scam or Insured Loss?

The term Social Engineering keeps cropping up recently in the new world of cybersecurity—to what does this term refer? To a scam as old as the hills. You know the con: an innocuous person asks you to accept a cashier’s...more

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