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Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - Fall 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The "Unique Factual Circumstances of Each Individual" in Plantiffs' Proposed Class Prompts Appellate Court to Affirm Denial of Class Certification - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's...more

Second Circuit Denies Rehearing in Key TCPA Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Consumer Data Breach: Equifax and Arbitration

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The latest large consumer data breach, this time involving Equifax, has also shed a sharp light on an ongoing controversy about consumers’ access to justice. In taking steps to ameliorate its PR crisis, Equifax found itself...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Class Action Case with Financial Institutions and Counsel for $42.55 million

Following its data breach in 2014, Home Depot was sued by thousands of financial institutions requesting recovery of costs associated with the issuance of new credit and debit cards to 50 million individuals affected by the...more

State and Local Governments Move Swiftly to Sue Equifax.

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The cities of Chicago and San Francisco and the Massachusetts Attorney General have filed the first enforcement actions against Equifax following the announcement of a data breach affecting an estimated 143 million consumers....more

Equifax Week Two: Hack Headaches Continue

The barrage of bad news for Equifax Inc. keeps getting worse. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s events: ? Mass AG Files Lawsuit – In the first enforcement action filed against Equifax Inc., the Massachusetts Attorney General...more

Hack Hangover: The News Keeps Getting Worse for Equifax

Since the massive data breach at Equifax Inc. was disclosed late Thursday, the news has only gotten worse for the Atlanta-based credit monitoring agency. Here’s a brief chronological recap of what we know so far...more

8th Circuit Affirms Standing as Barrier in Data Breach Class Actions

by Hogan Lovells on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has become the latest appellate court to enter the contested debate over Article III standing in data breach litigation. The Eighth Circuit held that 15 of 16 named plaintiffs...more

Concrete Enough to Stand: Ninth Circuit Upholds FCRA Claims in Spokeo

On August 15, 2017, the Ninth Circuit delivered the latest episode in the Robins v. Spokeo saga, reaffirming on remand from the Supreme Court that plaintiff Robins had alleged an injury in fact sufficient for Article III...more

Ninth Circuit Revisits Standing Analysis for Statutory Claims in Spokeo

by Dechert LLP on

On remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held for the second time that the plaintiff in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc. has standing to proceed in federal court with claims under the Fair...more

Third Circuit Introduces New Uncertainty While Attempting to Clarify Ascertainability Jurisprudence

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

Robins v. Spokeo: Opening the Door to Standing on Privacy Lawsuits?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a ruling that is likely to have significant impact on privacy litigation, the Ninth Circuit determined on Tuesday that a plaintiff’s claim that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) had been violated was sufficient “injury”...more

9th Circuit Clarifies Standard For Article III Standing Based On Statutory Violations

On August 15, 2017, the 9th Circuit, in Thomas Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., reversed the district court’s dismissal of an action alleging willful violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. The 9th...more

The Ninth Circuit Revives Consumer Class Action, Finding Intangible Harm Sufficient to Confer Article III Standing

by Hogan Lovells on

The six-year fight over the type of harm a plaintiff must allege to satisfy the “injury in fact” requirement for lawsuits alleging false reporting of credit information took its latest turn this week. On Tuesday, August 15,...more

Mistake in Your Credit Report? The Latest Spokeo Decision Suggests You May Have A Case.

In the 9th Circuit’s August 15, 2017 decision in Robins v. Spokeo, the latest in the long-running legal debate about when a consumer cause of action exists for a data breach, the 9th Circuit has declared that inaccuracies in...more

Monkey See… Now, How NOT To Do

Wells Fargo’s inadvertent production of personal identifying information (“PII”) in a case involving a former employee became national news when the New York Times broke the story late last week. Discovery practices are...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

New Jersey District Court Considers Expansion of FCRA Liability

by Goodwin on

On July 17, 2017, a New Jersey federal district court heard oral arguments in a motion to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1681a et seq. The...more

Colorado District Court Dismisses Data Breach Class Action Against Noodles & Company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado recently dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit filed by financial institutions relating to a 2016 data breach that involved hundreds of Noodles & Company (Noodles)...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

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Going Down For A Third Time – Barnes & Noble Consumer Data Breach Claims Are Dismissed Again for Lack of Injury

Despite some courts’ evident confusion about the impact of payment card theft on consumer cardholders, other courts are getting it right. Just this week, a judge in the Northern District of Illinois issued an order dismissing...more

Lone Objector’s Class-Conflict Arguments Miss the Target

by Carlton Fields on

In 2015, Target settled a class action stemming from a massive data breach of its customers’ sensitive information. According to the settlement terms, Target agreed to pay $10 million to those affected. The Minnesota district...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

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