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Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

by MoFo Reenforcement on

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Selective distribution and online sales: complying with EU competition law after the Coty judgment

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued a landmark judgment that will affect distribution and online sales in particular in the consumer goods and digital sectors....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Massachusetts District Court Finds VoIP Service is Not Cellular Service Per Se Under the TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Breda v. Cellco Partnership, No. 16-11512-DJC, 2017 WL 5586661 (D. Ma. Nov. 17, 2017), the plaintiff, Robin Breda (“Plaintiff”) claimed Cellco Partnership (“Cellco”) violated § 227(b)(1) of the Telephone Consumer...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s...more

Federal Court Denies Class Certification in TCPA Suit Against Auto-Lender Exeter Finance

by Burr & Forman on

In Billy Ginwright v. Exeter Finance Corp., No. 8:16-cv-565-TDC, ECF No. 107, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 194739, 2017 WL 5716756 (D. Md. Nov. 28, 2017), a federal district court recently denied Plaintiff’s motion to certify a...more

Disclosure Failures Result in New York AG Action

A credit card servicer and marketer will refund the initial $125 fee it charged to each of hundreds of New Yorkers as part of an agreement with the state’s attorney general....more

A TCPA Slam Dunk in the Ninth Circuit?

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The fight is not over yet, but the insurance industry just had a significant victory in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The scenario is likely familiar to most. You’re invited to send a text and...more

FCC targets fraudulent robocalls with new call blocking rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FCC has issued a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Order) adopting new rules to allow voice service providers to proactively block calls from certain numbers that are suspected to be fraudulent....more

Bipartisan group of lawmakers introduce CRA resolution to override CFPB payday loan rule

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act to override the CFPB’s final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule. House members sponsoring the bill consist...more

Seven-Year Junk Fax Litigation Ends in $7M Settlement

A seven-year-old case involving allegedly illegal faxes may finally be coming to an end after a federal court judge granted preliminary approval to a $7 million deal....more

Ninth Circuit Finds Lower Court Erred in Flushing “Flushable” Wipes False Advertising Claims

On October 20, 2017, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel in Davidson v. Kimberly-Clark Corp., 873 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir. 2017), resolved a circuit-wide split on injunctive standing requirements in the misbranding context. The panel...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue examines four recent rulings from Seventh...more

Calls to VoIP App May Trigger TCPA Liability

A federal court in Wisconsin held that calls made using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps may result in liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) where the called party incurs a charge for the call...more

Soy Vey! FDA May Revoke Soy’s Heart Health-Claim

by Reed Smith on

The FDA has called into question its health claim finding a link between consumption of soy protein and reduced risk of heart disease. Since 1999, the FDA has allowed manufacturers and advertisers to label soy products with...more

New York AG Wants to SHIELD State From Data Breaches

In the wake of the Equifax data breach, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman introduced a new measure to “close major gaps” in the state’s “weak and outdated” data security laws....more

CFPB Hits Debt Settlement Services Provider With Lawsuit

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB or Bureau) has filed suit against the largest debt settlement services provider in the country, accusing the California-based entity of violating Dodd-Frank and the...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Claims of Would-Be Ad-Blockers

On November 22, 2017, the Second Circuit in Heskiaoff v. Sling Media affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint against Sling Media that alleged deceptive business practices in connection with Sling’s introduction of...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Federal Enforcement Trends

Editors’ Note: This is the third of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Up next: trends in state enforcement....more

German FCO Launches Sector Inquiry Into Online Price Comparison Websites

by Reed Smith on

The German Federal Cartel Office (”FCO“) has launched a sector inquiry into “online price comparison websites.” This sector inquiry is the first specific proceeding in which the FCO applies its new competencies in the area of...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Former Governor Pat Quinn Files to Run for Illinois Attorney General Open Seat- According to reports, former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has filed to run for Illinois AG in 2018. ...more

Consent Questionable in Online Lead Form, Court Rules

A federal court judge in Illinois denied summary judgment in a case involving an online lead form, ruling that the issue of the plaintiff’s consent to receive calls was unclear....more

Dish Network’s TCPA Nightmare Continues

A $61 million judgment in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action will stand after a federal court judge denied the defendant’s motion to reduce or set aside the trebled damages award....more

Is It Time to Rethink Establishment Claims?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The decision in Kwan v. Sanmedica International, 854 F.3d 1088 (9th Cir. 2017) in April, has occasioned a lot of discussion about the apparent demise of the establishment claim “standard” in California. What the Kwan decision...more

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