Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Enforcement Actions

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Advertising Law - May 2016 #3

Fake Subscription Notices, Real FTC Lawsuit - Fake subscription notices are the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in an Oregon federal court. The defendants, a web of dozens of...more

CFPB Files Enforcement Action Against Mississippi Payday Lender

The CFPB is showing that its enforcement actions are not limited to larger companies and that it will file actions in federal courts across the country. On May 11, 2016, it filed an enforcement action against Mississippi...more

House bill introduced to amend CFPB UDAAP authority

The Dodd-Frank Act gave the CFPB authority to regulate “unfair, deceptive, or abusive” acts or practices.  Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has introduced the “Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices Uniformity Act,”...more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding...more

FTC Releases 2015 Annual Highlights

On April 6, the FTC released its 2015 Annual Highlights report, which is comprised of four key sections: (i) enforcement; (ii) policy; (iii) education; and (iv) stats and data. Regarding enforcement highlights in 2015, the...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Another Student Debt Relief Company

On March 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against student debt relief company Student Aid Institute, Inc., and its chief executive officer, Steven Lamont, for allegedly...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #3

New in False Advertising Lawsuits: Security Systems and Oatmeal - Class action complaints alleging false advertising run the gamut of products and services, and recent lawsuits filed across the country bear this...more

FTC Settles with Data Brokers in Sale of Consumer Data Used for Illicit Purposes

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") settled a dispute against LeapLab LLC ("LeapLab") and others ("Co-Defendants") claiming that they knowingly sold consumer social security numbers, bank account...more

FTC's Annual FDCPA Enforcement Letter to CFPB Filled with Insight into 2016 Focus

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is required to submit annual reports to Congress on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Since...more

A New Cyber Regulator on the Beat: The CFPB Issues its First Cybersecurity Order and Fine

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) instituted its first data security enforcement action, in the form of a consent order against online payment platform Dwolla, Inc....more

CFPB Expands UDAAP Jurisdiction in First Foray into Data Security Enforcement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it has entered into a consent order with online payment platform Dwolla Inc., alleging that Dwolla made false representations to consumers relating to its data...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: CFPB Takes Unprecedented Action Against Company (3/16)

A new regulatory authority has entered the field of data security: the relatively new Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB). On March 2, the CFPB announced that it had reached a consent order with an Iowa-based company...more

CFPB Brings First Enforcement Action on Data Security

On March 2, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for the first timebrought an enforcement action related to data security. The CFPB consent order imposes a $100,000 fine and five years of regulatory...more

CFPB’s First Data Security Action; Fines Online Platform Dwolla for Alleged Weak Security Practices

On March 2, the CFPB settled its first data security enforcement action against Iowa-based Dwolla Inc. Launched as a startup in 2009, Dwolla is an online payment platform that enables customers to transfer money directly...more

Is the CFPB the New Cop on the Data Security Beat?

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground (at least for the CFPB) when it released a consent order against Dwolla, Inc. (“Dwolla”), an online payment platform, regarding data...more

CFPB Announces First Ever Data Security Enforcement Action

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its first data security related enforcement action against online payment systems company Dwolla, Inc. ...more

CASL Enforcement (Part 1)

Since July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (or CASL) has been in effect, and the software-related rules have been in force since January 15, 2015. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see a few patterns emerge from the...more

Interesting FCC Enforcement Actions — February 2016 Edition

It’s no secret that one of the major stories in the last two years has been the increased activism of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Enforcement Bureau (“Bureau”). February 2016 was no exception in terms of...more

In Cybersecurity, No Harm Does Not Necessarily Mean No Foul

How much does the question of harm matter in cybersecurity law? The answer is: It depends on who is bringing the claim. Businesses confronting data breaches can face litigation from private consumers as well as from...more

"CFPB Pursues Aggressive Enforcement Agenda and Arbitration Restrictions"

In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continued to aggressively enforce federal consumer protection laws across a broad spectrum of consumer financial products and services. Additionally, the CFPB took a...more

Seller Beware: Lessons Learned from 2015 Deceptive Advertising Enforcement in the Consumer Finance Space

Federal regulators took a close look at advertisements for consumer financial products and services in 2015, bringing over 25 enforcement actions totaling over $975 million in penalties and consumer redress. In the majority...more

The FTC’s Recent Enforcement Action Against Oracle Further Expands the Growing Pool of Potential Data Security Defendants

On December 21, 2015, Oracle Corporation (“Oracle”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle charges that it allegedly deceived customers regarding the security provided by updates to its Java...more

FTC Announces New Enforcement Actions Under the Operation Collection Protection Initiative

On January 7, the FTC announced four separate actions under its Operation Collection Protection initiative against collectors allegedly engaging in abusive and deceptive debt collection practices. It also announced that other...more

Competition & Regulation Update - What to Do if the ACCC Come Knocking: Practical Tips for Responding to Section 155(1)(A) and (B)...

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has broad powers to investigate suspected breaches of the competition and consumer provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA), including the use of coercive...more

LifeLock Will Pay $100 Million to Settle (Again) with FTC

In a significant development, the FTC announced today that LifeLock, the identity theft protection company, has agreed to settle the FTC contempt charges against it for $100 million. This is the largest monetary award the...more

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