Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Enforcement Actions

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Municipal Advisor, School Consultant, and Associated Individuals Enter Settlement Offers with SEC after First-of-Its-Kind...

On June 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accepted the settlement offers made by two firms and three executives charged with using deceptive business practices in dealing with five school districts. As...more

CFPB Orders National Bank to Pay $10 Million for Overdraft Practices

On July 14, 2016, the CFPB announced that it ordered a bank to pay $10 million in fines for its overdraft service practices. According to the CFPB, the bank’s telemarketing vendor used allegedly deceptive marketing and sales...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

FTC Takes Action Against Personal Care Product Companies for Making False All-Natural Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has approved four final consent orders against companies that allegedly misrepresented their personal care products as "All-Natural" or "100% Natural," despite the fact that they contain man-made...more

CFPB Sanctions Law Firm and Debt Buyer For Failing to Review Account Documentation

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered an enforcement order against New Jersey law firm Pressler and Pressler and its debt-buyer client, New Century Financial Services, for pursuing hundreds of...more

FTC Workshop Examines Competition and Consumer Protection Issues in Rooftop Solar Industry

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine competition and consumer protection issues in the rooftop solar industry—also known as solar “distributed generation.” Beyond exploring a wide...more

FTC Raises Maximum Civil Penalty to $40,000; HSR Act and Other Continuing Violations May Incur Civil Penalties of Over $14 million...

Key Points: The FTC is raising the maximum civil penalty that may be imposed for certain violations from $16,000 to $40,000. For HSR Act violations, where penalties may be imposed for each day the person is in...more

Payment Processor Hit With CFPB Action

A payment processor and two executives were the subject of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) action, with the Bureau charging that the defendants enabled their clients to make unauthorized withdrawals from...more

ACH Debit Transactions – Whose Agent Are You?

Tucked away in a seeming innocuous paragraph in a complaint, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has asserted an extraordinary and potentially far-reaching expansion of its authority. On June 6, 2016, the...more

FTC provides 2015 enforcement report to CFPB

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2015 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), Regulation M (Consumer Leasing), and...more

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

Recent Data Security Enforcement Action Marks Ever Expanding CFPB Authority

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced an enforcement action against online payment system company Dwolla, Inc. for allegedly deceiving consumers about its data security practices. This...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

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