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Bad System Conversion Leads to CFPB Consent Order for Prepaid Card Provider and its Vendor

The CFPB continues to flex its muscle and expand its reach, this time punishing a prepaid card provider and its vendor for a conversion to a new system that did not go as planned. The consent order, which was entered into...more

Washington Weighs In On The Scope Of Insurance Regulators’ Authority

In January, we reported that California’s Supreme Court had embraced a problematic approach to the state’s Unfair Insurance Practices Act—one that allows the Commissioner of Insurance to create new statutory torts by...more

Don’t Game Your Players with False Advertising

Advertising for new games can present some troublesome legal issues, if due care is not taken. A recently concluded matter in the UK highlights an example of the potential issues. Hello Games was investigated by the...more

Higher Mitigation of Fines Due to Prompt Implementation of Measures Addressing Authority’s Concerns in Unfair Commercial Practices...

In a decision published on 10 February 2017, imposing Samsung Electronics Italia S.p.A. (“Samsung”) fines totaling € 3.1 million for alleged aggressive unfair commercial practices, the Italian Competition Authority (the...more

Can Extensive Regulations Bar a Claim for Unfair Trade Practices?

In the fall of 2015, we wrote about a case between two sports agents. The suit concerned the decision by Robert Quinn, a former football standout at the University of North Carolina, to switch agents. The U.S. District...more

Advertising Law - February 2017 #2

Uber’s Earnings, Financing Claims Crash Into FTC - For exaggerating claims about earnings potential and automobile financing, Uber has agreed to pay $20 million in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission. According...more

FTC Case Will Test Its Power in IoT Space

A recent action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against an internet of things (IoT) device manufacturer in the Northern District of California is a significant development in the IoT space and data security law. The...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

CFPB and VA AG Take Action Against Pawnbroker

On February 2, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia AG) announced the filing of a complaint and a stipulated consent order in the United...more

Product Liability Update: January 2017

Massachusetts Appeals Court Holds Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Had Duty to Warn Patient Directly But Packet Insert Adequately Warned of Greater Risk of Blood Clots As Compared to Birth Control Pill; Design Defect Claim...more

D.C. Circuit hears oral argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

Last week, the D. C. Circuit held oral argument in the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for...more

Not a Passing Grade: FTC Settles with Company Over Alleged False Advertising for High School Diploma Program

On February 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a new settlement against Stratford Career Institute alleging that Stratford’s advertising for its high school diploma program (claiming that it provided the...more

Spectrum Facing Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Over Wireless Internet Speed Claim Practices

The Office of the Attorney General for the State of New York (“NYAG”) has filed a consumer fraud complaint against Charter Communications, Inc. and Spectrum Management Holding Company, LLC (“Spectrum”) for deceptive practices...more

Connecticut Trial Court Addresses Administrative Agency's Targeting of Law Firms Under the State Unfair Trade Practices Act

In a December 5, 2016 decision, a Connecticut trial court (Huddleston, J.) addressed the limitations on the Connecticut Commissioner of Consumer Protection in enforcing a so-called "investigative demand" served under the...more

5 Hour Energy Deceptive Practices Lawsuit Survives Challenge

A federal court in the Central District of California has denied a motion filed by the manufacturers and marketers of the dietary supplement, 5 Hour Energy, which would have dismissed a putative nationwide deceptive practices...more

2017 Food And Beverage Industry Outlook: Part 2

As discussed in part 1 of this two-part series, the food and beverage industry is expected to see regulatory and legislative changes on multiple fronts in 2017. But industry observers also anticipate an active year in U.S....more

CFPB Issues Consent Order Against Equifax and Transunion for Deceptive Practices

On January 3, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered into consent orders with credit reporting agencies Equifax and TransUnion, requiring that they pay a total of over $17.6 million in restitution to...more

FTC and Florida AG Ban Student Loan Debt Relief Providers

On January 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General’s Office announced a settlement with student loan debt relief providers alleged to have participated in a student loan debt relief scheme,...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

Deceptive Marketing — Is Coca-Cola taking a page book from the tobacco industry?

Coca-Cola has been called out in California for deceptively advertising is sugar-saturated sodas so it can sell more of them. A 39-page lawsuit filed in San Francisco makes 13 claims against the iconic beverage brand...more

Can A Company Violate Chapter 75 Simply By Investigating Potential Trademark Infringement?

When a company investigates potential trademark infringement, what tactics can the company use without the investigation running afoul of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act? The Fourth Circuit...more

CFPB and Two States File Suit Against Student Loan Company Navient

The CFPB announced on Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against Navient Corporation, formerly part of Sallie Mae, and two of its subsidiaries for alleged “systematic” failures in student loan servicing. The complaint...more

CFPB Continues Its Focus on Medical Debt

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with two debt collection law firms specializing in medical debt. This action is similar to prior CFPB enforcement actions taken against debt...more

The Quarter Ham: California Court of Appeal Affirms Judgment in Unfair Competition and False Advertising Case

You can still get your quarter ham “STARTING AT $23.99” from Honey Baked Ham, Inc. according to the California Court of Appeal in its unpublished decision on November 8, 2016. The Court of Appeal affirmed a trial court’s...more

Supreme Court of Illinois Says Courts Can Decide ARES Rate Disputes

Courts – not the ICC – have jurisdiction over rate cases involving an ARES, said the Supreme Court of Illinois.[1] In a unanimous opinion written by Chief Justice Karmeier, the Court in December answered the Seventh Circuit’s...more

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