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NY AG Moves to Compel Debt Collector to Respond to Discovery Requests

by Goodwin on

?On January 17, the New York Attorney General (AG) filed a motion to compel a debt collection company and its owner to produce financial documents, business records, and other documents in a lawsuit alleging that the...more

Speak Up! The CFPB Wants Your Feedback

January 17th, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is seeking “evidence to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” The CFPB is expected to...more

California Grocer: Brewing Debate in California Proposition 65 Coffee Action Coming to a Close

by Downey Brand LLP on

For the past six years, a collection of coffee brewers and retailers have been embroiled in a legal battle with Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) over whether certain coffee products sold in California must...more

Overturning the CFPB’s final payday loan rule by reopening rulemaking or CRA resolution

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 1, 2018, three Democrat and three Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (H.J. Res. 122) to override the CFPB’s final payday/auto...more

New Rules for Cannabis: The Coming Wave of California False Advertising and Unfair Competition Claims

by Wilson Elser on

The cannabis industry in California should expect to see a sharp increase in false advertising and unfair competition claims in 2018. These claims will be premised on violation of the state cannabis regulations, but will be...more

IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

FFIEC Finalizes Proposed Revisions to the Call Report in Effort to Reduce the Burden of Reporting

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FFIEC has finalized updates to the Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (“Call Report”) with the goal of reducing the burden associated with Call Report data collection and reporting requirements and implementing...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 18, 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat LaKresha Roberts Declares Candidacy for Delaware AG- Democrat LaKresha Roberts, former Chief Deputy AG in the Delaware AG’s office, announced her bid for Delaware AG in 2018....more

Ninth Circuit Again Rejects Vicarious Liability Theory Under the TCPA

by Locke Lord LLP on

The latest decision out of the Ninth Circuit regarding vicarious liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) has again gone in favor of defendants. See Kristensen v. Credit Payment Servs., No. 16-15823,...more

Proceed To Check Out? The Impact Of 2018 European E-Commerce Reforms

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Summary - The European Union (EU) has made reform of the e-commerce rules in Europe one of its main priorities for 2018. The European Commission has already published two proposed Directives relating to cross-border...more

TCPA Vicarious Liability Limited by Ninth Circuit in Texting Class Action

In the high-risk Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) arena, the Ninth Circuit recently offered some respite. On January 10, 2018, the Ninth Circuit limited the potential liability that companies may unknowingly face for...more

ASIC product intervention power for credit products

by Dentons on

Draft legislation to give ASIC a product intervention power in relation to financial products and credit products has been released by Treasury. Submissions on the draft legislation are due by 9 February 2018. This...more

Mulvaney forgoes CFPB funding

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s appointee as CFPB Acting Director, has sent a letter to Fed Chair Janet Yellen “to inform [her] that for the Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, the Bureau is requesting $0.” (emphasis...more

CFPB defends judgment in enforcement action against biweekly mortgage payment companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Despite the CFPB’s change in position after Mick Mulvaney’s appointment regarding the need for Nationwide Biweekly Administration to post a bond to stay execution of the $7.9 million judgment obtained by the CFPB, the CFPB...more

ACCC Increases Enforcement of Consumer Guarantees Against Airlines

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Following consumer complaints, the Australian Competition and Consumer Regulator ("ACCC") has released a report reminding airlines of obligations when dealing with the flying public. Looking Ahead: The ACCC...more

Financial Services Weekly News - January 2018 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it would take another pass at the “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans” (Payday Rule); the Financial...more

Settlement Offers Guidance on What “Reasonable” Security Means Under COPPA

The FTC’s COPPA Guidance does an admirable job explaining the basics of what a business needs to do to comply with COPPA, but is vague as to how a business must protect personal information collected from children. The COPPA...more

CFPB to issue RFIs seeking feedback on its activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced that, in coming weeks, it plans to publish in the Federal Register a series of Requests for Information (RFIs) seeking comment on its enforcement, supervisory, rulemaking, market monitoring, and educational...more

Oral argument held in SDNY credit union lawsuit challenging Mulvaney appointment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held oral argument regarding the pending motions in the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union v. Trump and Mulvaney. ...more

Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

English files emergency motion for expedited appeal

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Leandra English has filed an emergency motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit requesting expedited briefing and oral argument in her appeal from the district court’s denial of her preliminary injunction...more

CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney Announces Call for Public Input Regarding CFPB Functions

On January 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced that it is soliciting public input “to ensure the Bureau is fulfilling its proper and appropriate functions to best protect consumers.” ...more

D.C. Circuit To Hear Appeal In Fight To Control CFPB

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request to remove Mick Mulvaney as the CFPB’s acting director, finding that the President has authority to appoint the acting director despite former CFPB Director...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

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