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FTC’s Unfairness Claim is Dismissed in Closely Watched Device Data Privacy-Based Action

The January 5, 2017, Complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (“Court”) against D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems, Inc. (Federal Trade...more

Court Expands Standing for Plaintiffs to Pursue Data Breach Claims

On August 1, 2017, the D.C. Circuit handed down its decision in the data breach class action Attias v. CareFirst. In doing so, it became the latest federal appellate court to recognize that individual victims of a breach have...more

Is Your Website a Place of Public Accommodation under the ADA? The Plaintiffs’ Bar Says “Yes,” the Circuits Are Split, and the DOJ...

What do glasses retailer Warby Parker Retail, Inc., delivery service Grubhub, pizza company Domino’s and media streaming giant Netflix have in common, besides having significant online services? The answer is that they have...more

CFPB Moves to Eliminate Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses, but Congress Looks to Keep the Rule Off the Books

On July 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a long-awaited and highly contentious final rule to severely curtail the scope of arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts. While the rule...more

Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement Proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC provides the defense bar with significant ammunition to argue for lower monetary sanctions in securities enforcement matters pending in federal district courts. In...more

FTC Puts Social Media Influencers on Notice for Possible Violations of the Truth-in-Advertising Laws

Does that actress with the glowing skin really use the luxury moisturizer she keeps raving about on Instagram? What about that NBA player you’re following? Did he actually pay for the pricey new sneakers he’s showing off in...more

California Deals Another Blow to Arbitration Agreements, But It Is Far From A Knockout Punch

California continues to modify the Concepcion landscape. On April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court once again issued a pro-consumer ruling that is already being applauded by the plaintiffs’ bar. The ruling came out in...more

The Year Ahead for GCs and Compliance Officers: Reporting from the Annual SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Seminar

From March 19–22, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“SIFMA”) hosted its Annual Compliance & Legal Society Seminar in San Diego, California. This seminar is the top conference for financial...more

Recent Circuit Court Opinions Offer Guidance on Challenging the Standing Requirement for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Cases

By following trends and monitoring successful defenses in data breach litigation, companies can often avoid the reputational harm caused by making headlines. For most companies,it is not a question of whether they have been...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules Current Structure of CFPB Unconstitutional

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) reign as an unchecked power just suffered a significant check. On Oct. 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the CFPB’s structure was...more

California Severely Limits Employment-Related Choice of Law and Venue Provisions

To follow up on our Client Alert of April 25, 2016, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 1241, codified as Labor Code section 925, into law earlier this week. This means that starting Jan. 1, 2017,...more

Heads of the FTC Push Back on Chief Administrative Law Judge and Find Consumer Harm in LabMD Data Leak

On July 29, 2016, the three Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) commissioners vacated their chief administrative law judge’s bold decision to dismiss the agency’s action against a medical testing lab, LabMD, In the Matter of...more

CFPB Releases Proposed Rule Restricting Arbitration Clauses

As expected, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) used today’s field hearing in Albuquerque, N.M. to roll out a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would significantly limit companies’ ability to use...more

Pending California Legislation Threatens to Eviscerate Consumer and Employment Contractual Choice of Law and Venue Provisions

Out-of-state companies doing business in California would be well-advised to look closely at a new bill pending in the California State Legislature. If you are concerned about defending litigation cases in the most...more

The CFPB Is Watching Online Marketplace Lending—So Should You

On March 7, 2016, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that its complaint database would now accept complaints from consumers encountering problems with loans from online marketplace lenders. According to...more

New Ruling Challenges FTC Authority to Regulate Cybersecurity Based on “Possible Consumer Harm”

A Nov. 13, 2015 ruling supports the argument that various companies and lawyers have been making for years: the Federal Trade Commission is exceeding its authority in prosecuting cybersecurity breaches under Section 5 of the...more

1/12/2016  /  ALJ , Cybersecurity , FTC , Imminent Harm , LabMD

California’s Plastic Microbeads Ban Moves the Bar for Cosmetic and Personal Care Companies Again

On October 8, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law one of the toughest bans in the nation on personal care products containing plastic microbeads. Plastic microbeads are frequently used by cosmetic companies in...more

Watch Out: Your Competitors Can Now Make You the Target of a CFPB Investigation

Throughout its short history, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has asserted jurisdiction over various nontraditional consumer-related financial industries, from law firms to collection agencies and automobile...more

CFPB’s Private Student Loan Payment Report Serves as a Guide to Preemptively Revising Loan Payment Policies

The CFPB released its student loan ombudsman report analyzing complaints that the CFPB received from private student loan borrowers. In its second annual review of student loan practices, the CFPB reported that lenders make...more

1/24/2014  /  CFPB , Loan Servicer , Student Loans , Tuition

CFPB Continues to Take Action Against Consumer-related Entities, including Law Firms

In recent years, banks, mortgage companies and lenders have served as targets for the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). The bureau actively promulgated multiple rules, re-interpreted case law and revised regulations...more

1/14/2014  /  CFPB , Debt Collection , Payday Loans

California’s “Homeowner Bill of Rights”—Be Aware of Your Obligations

The California Homeowner Bill of Rights became law on January 1, 2013. It was created “to ensure fair lending and borrowing practices for California homeowners,” and is the byproduct of a “Mortgage Fraud Strike Force” created...more

CFPB Offers Potential Benefits If You Turn Yourself In, But Make Sure You Understand Your Options

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s past Client Alerts have warned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s reach touches virtually every company that has any interaction with consumers. A recent Bulletin issued by the...more

CFPB Proposes Modifying Mortgage Rules

CFPB Proposes Modifying Mortgage Rules - On June 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed seven separate “clarifications” and “narrow revisions” to certain mortgage rules it first issued in...more

The CFPB Expands its Public Database and Makes it Easier to Target Your Company

On March 28, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it was going to share its database with the public, thereby “creating greater transparency in consumer financial products and services.” It did...more

You Need to Pay Attention to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

For those companies who pay attention to the always evolving regulatory environment as we do at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, you have likely heard the debate regarding the validity of rules promulgated by organizations...more

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