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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 22, 2017 is below. An interesting mix of stories in this penultimate Update for 2017. I hope everyone has a great holiday and successful 2018....more

Federal Reserve Announces Consent Order Related to Bank’s Use of Discount Points

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 28, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced a Consent Order with Peoples Bank (Peoples) in Lawrence, Kansas. The Order charges Peoples with violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA) by...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on both traditional OTAs and short-term rentals. Enjoy....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...more

11th Circuit Affirms FTC's $13.5 Million Judgment Against Mortgage Relief Fraudster

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed a $13.5 million judgment that the FTC obtained against a group of individuals, law firms, and related entities that engaged in a massive nationwide...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 15th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending September 15, 2017 is below. The week’s short Update features a heavy dose of OTA stories...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Integration of Short-Term Rentals Continues [METASEARCH / SHORT-TERM RENTALS] - ("Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool," Skift Travel News, July 20, 2017) - In what was an...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

CMA Seeks to Educate UK Hoteliers [PARITY] - ("Competition watchdog urges hotels to take advantage of demise of price parity," The Caterer - Latest Hospitality News, July 5, 2017) - If you recall, one of the key...more

FTC Weighs in on State Lawmaking on Appraisal Fees

Last month, the FTC staff sent a letter warning North Carolina’s General Assembly that a pending bill regarding the state’s real estate appraisal board could run afoul of competitive principles. The staff notes that it is...more

THE LATEST: FTC Files Complaint Against Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (LREAB). This complaint is the FTC’s first against a state licensing board since it prevailed in the...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #2

FTC Gives Academic Journals a Failing Grade - The Federal Trade Commission recently filed suit against the publisher of online academic journals that the agency accused of deceiving academics and researchers. OMICS...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2016 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - What Exactly Is Bitcoin? In a case featuring a sting operation beginning with meetings in a coffee shop, ice cream store and hotel lobby and ending with the sale of bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach...more

FTC Provides 2015 Enforcement Report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided its annual report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2015 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in...more

FTC provides 2015 enforcement report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

by Bryan Cave on

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Competition Tribunal Finds Toronto Real Estate Board Engaged in Abuse of Dominance

Last week, the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) issued a summary of its decision in the Commissioner of Competition’s (Commissioner) long-running abuse of dominance case against the Toronto Real Estate Board. This case...more

Debt Collection and Unfair Trade Practices

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

Today we return to the vexing relationship between N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 and the North Carolina Debt Collection Practices Act. The Debt Collection Act says that its “specific and general provisions . . . shall exclusively...more

Buyer Beware – Know Before You Wire: FTC and NAR Warn Home Buyers on Closing Costs Wire Transfer Phishing Scams

In a recent blog post on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Information blog, the FTC warned home buyers of an e-mail and wire transfer phishing scam in which hackers pose as real estate professionals or title...more

DOJ Nabs Two More in Real Estate Bid Rigging Conspiracy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two real estate investors pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia. The guilty pleas, entered on Monday, January 4, are the 11th...more

Banking & Financial Services E- Note - October 2015

by Burr & Forman on

Last week the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued its muchanticipated Staff Guidance on what sort of supervision states should provide to regulatory boards in order for those boards to qualify for antitrust...more

FTC’s New Interpretation of Hart-Scott-Rodino Investment Property Exemption May Disrupt Industries Structured Around Prior...

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition Premerger Notification Staff has announced that Hart-Scott-Rodino Rule 802.5 (the “investment rental property exemption”) will no longer be available if the buyer...more

FTC provides 2014 enforcement report to CFPB

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission has provided its annual Financial Acts Enforcement Report to the CFPB covering the FTC’s enforcement activities in 2014 related to compliance with Regulation Z (Truth in Lending), Regulation M...more

National Mortgage Servicer Pays CFPB and FTC $63 Million to Settle Claims Over Alleged Servicing Violations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On April 21, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a joint enforcement action and joint order with a national mortgage servicer. ...more

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