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Fortune Favors the Quick (to Report): Judge Slaps Spectrum Brands with $1.9 Million Penalty in DOJ/CPSC Tag-Team Enforcement...

A federal district court in Wisconsin recently hit Spectrum Brands Inc. (Spectrum) with civil penalties of $1.9 million for violations of the Consumer Products Safety Act (CPSA). The court’s 23-page opinion is a strong...more

In the Wake of Equifax: What Auto Dealers Need to Know About Data Privacy

Following the recent Equifax data breach wherein millions of consumers’ private information may have been compromised, it is increasingly clear that consumer-interfacing businesses need to, and in some cases are required to,...more

Frito-Lay Drops ‘All Natural’ Labels to Settle Class Action

To settle a class action challenging advertising for chips and dip products touted as “made with all natural ingredients,” Frito-Lay North America, Inc., has agreed to change its labeling....more

Is Your Business Insured Against A Cyber Attack?

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

Your business has insurance coverage for flood and fire damage. You are protected if an employee gets into a car accident. But are you covered for a cyber attack?...more

CFPB Files Complaint Alleging Debt-Relief Providers Misrepresented Affiliation with U.S. Government

by Goodwin on

On October 12, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it filed suit against two debt-relief companies and their owners, and a third company that processed payments for and provided other services...more

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman issues sixth annual report

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released the sixth annual report of the CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman containing an analysis of approximately 12,900 federal student loan complaints, 7,700 private student loan complaints, and 2,300 debt collection...more

High Alert for California Employers and Employers Nationwide for the Second Wave of FCRA Class Actions

by Littler on

The flurry of Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class actions against employers started in or about 2012 and was not limited to California. Many of those lawsuits resulted in significant payouts for violations of one or more...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors names fintech advisory panel members

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has released a list of 33 companies that will serve as members of its Fintech Industry Advisory Panel. According to the CSBS, the Advisory Panel’s purpose is “to support state...more

President Trump Nominates Joe Simons to Chair the Federal Trade Commission; President Also Nominates Noted Consumer Protection...

President Donald Trump has indicated his intent to nominate Joe Simons, a long-time antitrust lawyer, to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The President also has indicated his intent to nominate Rohit Chopra as an FTC...more

CFPB Finalizes Payday Lending Rule - With a Few Changes

On October 5, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized its new rules governing the small-dollar consumer loan market, based on a proposal first released in June 2016. The rule requires underwriting for...more

CFPB releases consumer protection principles for consumer-authorized sharing of financial information

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has released a set of “Consumer Protection Principles” for participants “in the developing market for services based on the consumer-authorized use of financial data.”...more

CFPB Issues Last-Minute Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

by Alston & Bird on

As we previously reported, on October 19, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing Rules (Final Rule). The Final Rule, weighing in at...more

CPSC Expands Phthalate Restrictions in Toys and Child Care Articles

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to expand existing phthalate restrictions in children’s toys and child care articles. ...more

Trump To Nominate Competition-Focused Simons for FTC Chair, CP-Focused Chopra for Commissioner; Reports of Philips for Additional...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

After months of speculation among the consumer protection and antitrust bars, Trump announced today his intention to nominate former Director of the Bureau of Competition and current Paul Weiss partner Joseph Simons as...more

FDA Approves Companion Dx for PD-1 Inhibitor

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

According to the American Cancer Society (“ACS”), lung cancer (both small cell and non-small cell) is the second most common cancer in both men and women (not counting skin cancer). About 14% of all new cancers are lung...more

EU Commission Confirms that Privacy Shield Survives its First Annual Review

As was generally expected from informal comments by EU representatives, Privacy Shield has survived its first annual review. Commissioner Jourova stated: “Our first review shows that the Privacy Shield works well, but there...more

Cybersecurity, Data Breaches Continue to Make Headlines

Cybersecurity continues to make headlines in the financial services industry, from the recent announcement that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was targeted by hackers to final approval of the settlement in a...more

Proposition 65 Legislative Changes Likely “Lack Merit”

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1583 into law. It was promoted as a means of reducing frivolous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits, but, as discussed below, it is doubtful that it will...more

NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act Passes in the House

by Morgan Lewis on

On October 11, 2017, the House of Representatives passed bill H.R. 2105, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act (NIST Act), which would require the US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Swimming Against the Tide. As discussed below, the Trump administration’s plans for financial regulatory reform are beginning to take shape, especially in agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange...more

The Data Report Episode 18: Privacy Shield

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Module Five: International Law (Part III) In this episode of The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses compliance with the GDPR requirements. Jay examines "Privacy Shield," the framework that provides a set of...more

Privacy Tip #110 – Resources for Small Businesses to Stay Informed about Cyber Threats

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has concentrated on small businesses this year with the launch of www.FTC.gov/SmallBusiness , which provides data security awareness information to small businesses. The site includes...more

China Data Protection Enforcement Update – A Focus on Platform Content

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Following the first enforcement actions by local authorities in Shantou and Chongqing for violations of the new Network Security Law that came into effect this year, authorities in China have recently shown a clear initial...more

Product Liability Update: October 2017

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Massachusetts Federal Court In Multi-District Litigation Holds Under Six States’ Laws That Manufacturer Of Brand-Name Pharmaceutical Is Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Generic Equivalents Whose Manufacturers Were Required...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board to meet Nov. 2

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board will be held in Tampa, Florida on November 2, 2017....more

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