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FDIC Action Is a Reminder that Bank Partnerships Are Not a Panacea for Non-Banks

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that it had reached settlements with Bank of Lake Mills (Bank) and two of its “institution-affiliated parties” (IAPs)—Freedom Stores, Inc. (FSI) and...more

The Price Is Not Right: Class Action Risks of Comparative Price Advertising

“Was that retail ‘bargain’ you received really a bargain?” That is the question being asked by a recent spate of lawsuits filed against prominent retailers. Most of these actions have been brought as private party class...more

Minnesota AG Secures Judgment Against Debt Collector Over Allegedly Abusive Collection Practices

by Goodwin on

On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office (“Minnesota AG”) announced that it obtained a judgment in a lawsuit filed in Minnesota state court against a debt collection company. As a result of the final judgment,...more

FDIC Announces Settlements With Wisconsin Banks Over Lending Violations

by Goodwin on

On May 11, 2017, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a settlement with a Wisconsin bank and two affiliated institutions, resolving allegations that the three lenders violated Section 5 of the Federal...more

FDIC announces settlement with bank and non-bank affiliated parties

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FDIC announced last week that it had entered into settlements with Bank of Lake Mills and two non-bank “institution-affiliated parties” through which the bank originated loans for allegedly engaging in unfair and...more

CFPB Settlements: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground by imposing a fine – in excess of a million dollars – against a consumer financial services company for allegedly violating the terms of...more

Two CFPB enforcement actions tried in federal court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two enforcement actions filed by the CFPB recently went to trial in federal district court. One of the cases was filed by the CFPB in July 2014 in a Wisconsin federal district court against two law firms and four of the...more

A Damages Class Is Certified, but No Standing for Declaratory and Injunctive Class

by Carlton Fields on

A representative plaintiff who purchased Aveeno sunscreen products and baby bath products brought putative class actions against the products’ manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, in the United State District Court for the...more

5 Measures International Auto Companies Can Take to Avoid Being Named in an ITC Complaint

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Automotive Industry is international. That’s no secret. It crosses continents in its industry shows and its proud place in furious pop-culture films. More practically, many companies that operate within the industry have...more

Section 337 and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As shown by the recent announcement by the Trump Administration of a Section 232(b) national security review of steel imports, (a type of investigation that has not been used since 2001), there are a number of ways in which...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

California Supreme Court Punts on FAA Preemption - Court invalidates waiver of public injunctive relief, declines to address...

Last month, the California Supreme Court handed down its unanimous decision in McGill v. Citibank N.A., holding that an arbitration provision that effectively waives a consumer’s statutory right to seek public injunctive...more

FTC’s Action Against “Risk-Free” Advertising

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently filed a Complaint in the Southern District of California against six entities and four individuals, accusing them of deceiving customers with their use of “free” and “risk-free”...more

CFPB doubles down on its attacks against online tribal lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal district court, the CFPB alleges that four online tribal lenders engaged in unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act...more

CFPB Lawsuit Targets High-Interest Online Lenders

by Goodwin on

On April 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the filing of a suit against four online lenders alleging that the lenders illegally collected debts on invalid loans. The complaint alleged...more

Foreign Importer Hanging by a Thread, but International Trade Commission Cuts It Off

The International Trade Commission recently issued a general exclusion order barring the importation of bed sheets with falsely advertised thread counts as a remedy for Section 337 violations. The decision in In re Certain...more

Operation Collection Protection Secures $2 Million Civil Penalty Against President of Debt Collection Company

by Goodwin on

On April 12, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had secured a $2 million civil penalty against the president of a debt collection company for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in...more

CFPB weighs in on Eighth Circuit’s competent attorney standard, standing to bring FDCPA claim

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently submitted an amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit, arguing that a debt collector cannot avoid liability under the FDCPA when it falsely represents the amount of a debt to a consumer’s attorney, rather than to...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

D.C. Circuit Rebukes CFPB in Civil Investigative Demand Enforcement Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in CFPB v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools, affirming a decision by the D.C. district court to deny...more

"National Security Investigation of Imported Steel Could Be Prelude to Similar Actions Against Other Imports"

On April 20, 2017, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to conduct an expedited investigation of the harmful impact of steel imports on U.S. national security. The investigation, which will be...more

D.C. Circuit affirms denial of CFPB petition to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D. C. Circuit has affirmed the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 denial of the CFPB’s petition to enforce a CID issued to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in August 2015....more

Section 75-1.1 Claims and Conduct by Government Employees

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A recent decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals highlights an unusual issue: Does N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 apply to conduct by a government employee in a claim brought by his employer, a government entity? In...more

Sylvester Stallone Sues Warner Bros. over Profits from “Demolition Man”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Sylvester Stallone filed suit against Warner Bros. on April 13th, claiming the studio has fraudulently concealed his share of revenue from the 1993 sci-fi action film, “Demolition Man.” The film starred Stallone as a Los...more

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