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An Atypical View of Causation and Harm from South Carolina

We have had some time now to ruminate over the South Carolina Supreme Court’s opinion in State of South Carolina ex rel. Wilson v. Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., No. 2012-206987, 2015 WL 775094 (S.C. Feb. 25,...more

Update on Chapter 93A

Chapter 93A is the dominant law in Massachusetts governing business litigation. It applies to nearly all business disputes. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #2

New DAA App Brings Choice to Mobile - Bringing consumer choice to mobile applications, the Digital Advertising Alliance released “AppChoices,” a free app that will allow consumers to opt out of tracking on mobile...more

Arbitration Denied Despite Related Agreement With Arbitration Provision

A Florida court of appeals affirmed a trial court decision to deny arbitration finding a later signed contract supplanted an earlier contract with an arbitration provision. The Appellant, HHH Motors, LLP, signed a retail...more

Three Point Shot - February 2015

Will Johnny Be Good, or Will Name Games Go up in Flames? Johnny Gaudreau, left wing for the Calgary Flames, is attempting to high-stick potential interlopers by locking up rights to his now-popularized nickname – Johnny...more

Why the FTC Can Go After Companies For Insufficient Data Security Allegations

The FTC seems more confident than ever in its authority to go after companies with insufficient data security measures. As of January 2015, it had settled 53 data-security enforcement actions, and FTC Senior Attorney Lesley...more

Florida Hospitals Face Glenn Close-Like Threat

Remember the evil Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction? We were sure Michael Douglas had drowned her in the bathtub, but she popped up again, still alive and scary as all get-out. Class actions by uninsured...more

Director Cordray speaks to the National Association of Attorneys General

As he has done in prior years, Director Cordray spoke earlier this week to the National Association of Attorneys General. His prepared remarks focused on the familiar theme of “the four Ds” that create obstacles for consumers...more

State AGs and Regulators Step Up UDAAP Enforcement

Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and granted that federal agency significant powers to regulate financial institutions. But Dodd-Frank also empowers state regulators to enforce the new...more

Bad Day for NewDay: CFPB Section 8 Enforcement Continues

On February 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) added another company to its litany of alleged Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”) Section 8 offenders (Michigan Title, PHH Corporation, New...more

CFPB Issues $2 Million Fine Against Mortgage Lender

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that mortgage lender NewDay Financial LLC, which specializes in Veterans Administration-backed loans available to military personnel and veterans, had...more

District of Colorado Declines To Certify Deceptive Practices Class

The District of Colorado declined to certify a class in a case against Dollar Rent A Car where the Plaintiff alleged Dollar tricked renters into buying Loss Damage Waiver (“LDW”), supplemental liability insurance (“SLI”), and...more

Dish Network Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Penalties for Violating Federal and State Telemarketing Regulations

Recently, in the long-running legal showdown pitting the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and four state attorneys general against the satellite television provider Dish Network, LLC (“Dish”), U.S. District Court Judge...more

Helpful Treatises on Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices

Someday, you’ll have an issue under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 that needs in-depth research—perhaps comparisons to similar bodies of law in other jurisdictions. Diving straight into the hundreds of court decisions under section...more

NCLC urges CFPB to ban collection of time-barred debts

The National Consumer Law Center is urging the CFPB to ban the collection of debts on which the statute of limitations has run. The recommendation is made in a new NCLC report titled “Zombie Debt: What the CFPB Should...more

Southern District of Ohio Strikes Policyholders Class From Suit Against State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company

In Schumacher v. State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co., No. 13-cv-00232, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11857 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 2, 2015), the Southern District of Ohio struck class allegations from a putative class action alleging breach of the...more

Stay Tuned: Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Cash Refunds on Certain Gift Cards/Certificates

Pennsylvania may be joining the several states that require that certain gift cards and gift certificates be redeemable for cash. Senate Bill 150 would require that a gift card or gift certificate be redeemable for cash when...more

"CFPB Defines 'Unfair,' 'Deceptive' and 'Abusive' Practices Through Enforcement Activity"

Since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors in July 2011, it has aggressively pursued enforcement actions against a wide range of consumer financial services providers. Although the Dodd-Frank Act...more

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

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