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Southern District of California Dismisses TCPA Claims on Standing Grounds

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On November 16, 2017, the Southern District of California dismissed TCPA claims on standing grounds, finding that the plaintiff had not alleged a concrete injury. In Selby v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, no. 3:17-cv-00973 (S.D....more

CFPB opposes petition for certiorari filed by tribal lenders in Ninth Circuit case

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The CFPB has filed a brief opposing the petition for certiorari filed by two tribally-affiliated lenders seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al. In that...more

CFPB sues nation’s largest debt-settlement services provider

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The CFPB has filed a lawsuit in a California federal district court against Freedom Debt Relief (FDR) and its CEO for alleged violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA) and the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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Facebook may have had a difficult day on the Hill. But a 79% rise in Q3 profit—driven, ironically enough, by online ads—should help soften the blow....more

Second Circuit Denies Rehearing in Key TCPA Case

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Businesses that have not already done so should consult with counsel regarding "consent to be called" provisions in their consumer contracts in the wake of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Journal gives us a revealing long look at the true meaning behind a Morningstar investment star ranking and finds that the coveted 5-star overall rating translated into a 5-year performance worthy of that designation just...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Voice Mail Message Is A Communication

The Seventh Circuit has held that a voice mail message left for a consumer is a “communication” under the FDCPA. In Hart v. Credit Control, LLC, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18375 (11th Cir. Sept, 22, 2017), the debt collector left...more

Ocwen Predictably Reaches High-Dollar TCPA Settlement Following Class-wide Preliminary Injunction

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By the time the gavel struck back on June 26, 2017, another high-dollar TCPA settlement was inevitable. On that date, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the Northern District of Illinois entered an order preliminarily certifying a...more

Still Standing: Ninth Circuit Again Finds Standing in Spokeo Remand

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The Ninth Circuit recently issued its latest opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the closely-watched putative class action dating back to 2010. The plaintiff initiated the lawsuit against Spokeo, which aggregates publicly...more

Spokeo—Round 3: The Ninth Circuit Finds Alleged Statutory Violation Sufficiently “Concrete” To Satisfy Article III Standing

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its long-awaited opinion in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 3480695 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2017), on remand from the United States Supreme Court. Once again, the Ninth Circuit reversed...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Partial Consent Revocation under the TCPA

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On August 10, in Schweitzer v. Comenity Bank, No. 16-10498 (Aug. 10, 2017), a panel of the Eleventh Circuit expanded liability for companies under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq. (TCPA)....more

Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up: Ninth Circuit Revives Spokeo No-injury Suit

In a decision surely welcomed by the plaintiffs’ bar, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held, on August 15, 2017, that a putative class action plaintiff has Article III standing as long as the plaintiff alleges...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

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On August 16, the Third Circuit gave the plaintiff a pass for failing to pursue evidence necessary to determine whether its proposed class was ascertainable and took the opportunity to clarify that affidavits may be used, at...more

Follow the Money and Beware the Extra “L”: First Department Sustains Claims against Fund Administrator After Hackers Grab Millions

A legal feud is underway between the world’s biggest hedge fund administrator and a former client over an email scam that resulted in hackers stealing millions in client funds. And not surprisingly, the time-honored...more

Revocation of Consent Under TCPA: Not So Fast

In a recent case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to revoke prior consent to be contacted by telephone when...more

D.C. District Court Allows Payday Lenders’ Due Process Claims To Proceed In Case Against “Operation Choke Point”

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On July 5, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, in the lawsuit filed in 2014 challenging “Operation Choke Point” — a federal enforcement initiative involving various agencies, including the Consumer...more

District of New Jersey Grants Summary Judgment and Strikes Class Allegations in TCPA Case

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Last week, the District of New Jersey issued a noteworthy opinion in a putative TCPA class action against TD Bank and Target. In Martinez v. TD Bank USA, N.A. et al., 2017 WL 2829601 (D.N.J. June 30, 2017), the court held...more

CFPB files proposed stipulated final judgments in actions against credit repair companies and individuals

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The CFPB announced that it had simultaneously filed two complaints and corresponding proposed stipulated final judgments in a California federal district court in actions against four credit repair companies and three...more

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING—Second Circuit Holds that Contractual Consent Provisions Cannot be Revoked

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the biggest TCPA news since the Omnibus—a silver bullet to defeat most revocation cases was hiding in plain sight the entire time. It seems so obvious now. ...more

Fifth Circuit Finds Payday Lender’s Submission Of False Worthless Check Affidavits Equates To Waiver Of Arbitration

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Plaintiffs-Appellees brought suit against short-term lender PLS Financial Services, Inc., and PLS Loan Store of Texas, Inc. (collectively “PLS”), alleging the following scheme. First, as part of the application process, PLS...more

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Case Filed by CFPB Against Debt Relief Attorneys

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On May 30, 2017, the Honorable Josephine Staton, of the Central District of California, denied? a Motion to Dismiss filed by three law firms, and their principals, in a case filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

Judge Bumb Answers Key Question That No One Asked: TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover on Unanswered Calls

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In Watkins v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 15-cv-5712 (RMB)(KMW), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84503 (D.N.J. June 2, 2017), the defendant challenged a plaintiff’s TCPA claim on MSJ, arguing that the plaintiff could not have revoked...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Finding That Arbitration Agreement In Payday Loan Obtained Over The Internet Is Unenforceable

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Plaintiff electronically signed a contract which contained: (1) terms governing the loan; (2) an agreement to submit disputes to arbitration; and (3) a choice of law provision which required the application of Otoe-Missouria...more

Protection of Vendor Report and Documents as Work Product is Big Win for Experian

When assisting clients with emergency data breach response, and preparing and implementing a data privacy and security plan, it often becomes efficient, cost effective and necessary to hire outside vendors to assist with...more

CFPB and DOJ file submissions opposing state AGs’ proposal to redirect unused settlement funds to NAAG

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We previously reported that the Connecticut Attorney General, on behalf of the Attorneys General of Indiana, Kansas and Vermont, (the “state AGs”) had filed a joint motion to intervene in a CFPB enforcement action against...more

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