Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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Hold the Phone: Judge Holds Dish Network on the Line for Tens of Millions of Calls, but Leaves Silver Lining for TCPA Defendants

On December 12, 2014, Judge Sue E. Myerscough issued an epic 238-page order granting in part and denying in part cross summary judgment motions filed in United States of America, et al. v. Dish Network, L.L.C. (“Dish...more

Caveat Emptor or Caveat Vendor? The Evolution of Unfairness in Federal Consumer Protection Law

Under the Federal Trade Commission’s original interpretation of unfair or deceptive acts or practices law, financial institutions could feel some sense of security that, if they provided a consumer with a clear understanding...more

Amended Complaints and Industry Standards

Can a party who is accused of an unfair trade practice raise the same defense? That is, can a business avoid section 75-1.1 liability by proving that the plaintiff business engages in the same allegedly unfair conduct?...more

Daily Fantasy Sports and the Start of Class Action Season

While billions of dollars of sports betting continues in the shadowy world of illegal off-shore sports books, the fantasy sports business has been on fire. And as fantasy sports becomes the new hot “thing” online, it has...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 1/07/2015

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

Religious Institution - January 2015

Experience over the last couple decades teaches that religious institutions face as much or perhaps more liability than secular organizations and, therefore, need to take risk management seriously. From operating their own...more

Consumer Class Actions Brewing in Florida as Federal Courts Deny a Series of Motions to Dismiss

While California historically has a reputation as the most plaintiff-friendly forum for alleged consumer class action deceptive advertising cases, Florida is emerging as stiff competition for the title after a recent trio of...more

CFPB Files Suit Against Texas Company for Alleged Deceptive Practices Targeting Union Workers

On December 17, the CFPB announced it filed suit against a Texas-based company for allegedly deceiving consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “sham” credit card. According to the complaint filed in the Northern District...more

NY regulator settles lawsuit filed using Dodd-Frank authority

A settlement has been announced in the lawsuit filed by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank Section 1042 authority. Section 1042 allows state attorneys...more

CFPB sues company for alleged credit card sham

A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB alleges that a Texas-based company, Union Workers Credit Services, deceived consumers into paying fees to sign up for a “platinum card” that purported to be a general-use credit card but, in...more

So You Think You Have a Contract? Website Terms and Unconscionability

We have written previously regarding the pitfalls of online contract formation, including where website operators fail to implement website terms in a manner that requires users to expressly accept such terms. A recent...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

Federal Trade Commission Shows Willingness to Credit Responsive Data Security Efforts in Exercising Enforcement Authority

In a change of pace, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently decided not to pursue an enforcement action against Verizon Communication, Inc. (“Verizon”) following an investigation into whether Verizon violated Section 5...more

Recent Developments Relating to Antitrust and Intellectual Property: Patent Assertion Entities, FRAND and Patent Misuse

On Thursday November 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had reached an agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments (MPHJ), a patent assertion entity, to settle the FTC’s Complaint that MPHJ allegedly made...more

Trolls Under the Bridge: FTC Proposes Settlement with Patent Assertion Entity

On November 6, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release regarding a proposed settlement that would bar the company, MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (MPHJ), from making deceptive representations when...more

RSUI Indem. Co. v. Sempris LLC, C.A. No. N13C-10-096 MMJ CCLD (Del. Super. Ct. Sept. 3, 2014)

In this case, brought in the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division, the Court considered whether RSUI Indemnity Co. (“RSUI”) owed insurance coverage obligations to Sempris, LLC (“Sempris”). RSUI...more

Corrective Action Earns Verizon End to FTC’s FiOS Router Investigation

Corrective action taken by Verizon Communications to fix security issues with its FiOS and DSL routers resulted in the FTC closing its investigation to determine whether Verizon’s distribution of the routers was an unfair or...more

IP|Trend: It’s Time to Get to Know the Federal Trade Commission [Video]

Like it or not, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has injected itself into regulating and monitoring data privacy practices of corporations. Attorneys Seth Northrop and Richard Martinez discuss what this means for companies...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014

Payment of Costs Doesn’t Preclude Unfair Trade Practices Claim Against Insurer - Why it matters: In a significant victory for policyholders, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that an insured had a valid unfair...more

Plaintiff’s Law Firm Steps Up Actions Against Bitcoin-Related Companies: Crypto Currency Exchange and Founder Sued for “Theft” of...

According to a complaint filed in a Florida court, a Cryptsy account holder is claiming that Project Investors, Inc. (dba Cryptsy) and its founder and CEO should be held liable for Bitcoin allegedly stolen from his Cryptsy...more

Rising Number of Class Actions Targeting Outlet Stores Based on Claims of False and Deceptive Advertising

1. Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Retailers That Operate Outlet Stores Based on Their Alleged Pricing Claims - Plaintiffs’ class attorneys have a new target in sight and it is outlet shopping. In the...more

Defendants file appeal in NY regulator’s lawsuit using Dodd-Frank authority

The defendants in the lawsuit brought by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank enforcement authority have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 10/23/2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

Bank Pays $16M to Settle FDIC Charges Over Credit Card Add-On Products

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reached a $16 million deal with a Utah bank recently, settling charges that the financial institution engaged in unfair and deceptive acts and practices. ...more

FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

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