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Jenner & Block has published its second issue of Consumer Finance Observer or CFO, a newsletter providing analysis of key consumer finance issues and updates on important developments to watch. As thought leaders, our lawyers write about the consumer finance sector on topics ranging from artificial intelligence, compliance, data security,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: David D. Heckman and Kristen M. Iglesias On November 5, 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers, to provide guidance to social media users that recommend or endorse products in their posts, videos or other content (often called ‘influencers’). Influencers have become big... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Isabel F. Farhi On October 25, 2019, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Department of Health (DOH) jointly sent a letter to UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UnitedHealth) calling for the company to address its use of an algorithm it uses to make health care decisions, which... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Benjamin J. Bradford On November 6, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas awarded the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) a $200 million verdict finding that Wells Fargo willfully infringed two of USAA’s patents directed to the “auto-capture” process, which is used by banking customers to deposit checks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Kate T. Spelman With the close of the California state legislative session on Sept. 14, 2019, the final shape of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)—which is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020—came into focus. The most recent amendments included carve-outs for business-to-business contracts and employee records,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: David P. Saunders On October 10, 2019, the California Attorney General surprised many by issuing 24 pages of proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). After reviewing the proposed regulations, they have left many in the industry shaking their heads. Absent from the proposed regulations... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article published by Bloomberg, Partners Reid J. Schar and Wade A. Thomson and Associate E.K. McWilliams highlight a recent speech by the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), an arm of the Treasury Department. Speaking at an anti-money laundering conference in Las Vegas, FinCEN Director Kenneth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Amy Egerton-Wiley On September 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) into law, which is intended to reclassify many of the state’s independent contractors as employees. Proponents of the bill claim that the bill rectifies misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Opponents, which include both... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Alexander N. Ghantous Between 2013 and 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued no fewer than six white papers or reports relating to payday loan protections.[1] On the date of the last report, June 2, 2016, the CFPB issued a proposed rule[2], and on October 5, 2017, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Damon Y. Smith September 13, 2019 is the deadline for comments on HUD’s proposed changes to FHA Lender Annual Certification Statements. The most significant changes include elimination of, inter alia: Broad certification language stating that the operations of the lender conformed to all HUD regulations and requirements; Acknowledgements that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: William S. C. Goldstein On September 3, 2019, a federal district court in the District of Columbia dismissed, for the second time, a lawsuit brought by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) seeking to block the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) from issuing national bank... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Olivia Hoffman The Eleventh Circuit recently decided a case that raised the bar for pleading injury under the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, noting its disagreement with an earlier decision from the Ninth Circuit on the same issue and creating a possible roadblock for future... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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Earlier this month, the CFPB posted a widely reported-on blog entry on the benefits of using alternative data in lending decisions. The CFPB blog post provided an update to the public on the agency’s first and only no-action letter, issued to Upstart Network, Inc. in 2017. Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article published by Law360, Jenner & Block Partner Amy M. Gallegos provides five best practices to help businesses minimize Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) wrong-number claims in the wake of Wells Fargo’s recent $17.85 million TCPA settlement. Penalties against companies that make wrong-number calls can be substantial, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Gabriel K. Gillett and Katherine Rosoff On August 7, 2019 the Second Circuit certified two questions to the New York Court of Appeals with broad implications for multi-jurisdictional class actions. First, “whether New York recognizes ‘cross-jurisdictional class action tolling,’ i.e., tolling of a New York statute of limitations by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Kara K. Trowell On July 25, 2019, New York enacted the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act), which significantly amended the state’s data breach notification law to impose additional data security and data breach notification requirements on covered entities. Expanded Definitions. Under the new law,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Gabriel K. Gillett and Howard S. Suskin In a decision issued on August 5, 2019, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit created a split with other courts, including the Third Circuit, on the issue of whether there is a private right of action for rescission under... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: David P. Saunders At the risk of stating the obvious, everyone uses email. It has become a central component of both our daily lives and, of course our businesses. As we transform into a fully digital, corporate world, there are those who have sought to exploit the growing reliance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Michael W. Ross In the first half of 2019, the “crypto-winter” that had set in during 2018 appeared to see signs of a thaw, albeit with new regulatory developments and controversy continuing to characterize the space. On the regulatory front, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued more detailed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Jeffrey A. Atteberry In June, Facebook publicly launched an initiative to develop a cryptocurrency called Libra in partnership with 27 other technology and finance companies including Visa, PayPal and Uber. According to Facebook, consumers will be able to buy Libra anonymously and then use the currency to buy things... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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Jenner & Block has recently launched The Consumer Finance Observer or CFO, a newsletter providing analysis of key consumer finance issues and updates on important developments to watch. In this issue, consumer finance lawyers David Bitkower, Kali Bracey, Jeremy M. Creelan, Joseph L. Noga, Michael W. Ross and Damon Y.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Gabriel K. Gillett In recent years, the Supreme Court has issued many decisions about arbitration, including the enforceability of arbitration agreements and employment agreements that bar classwide arbitration. Last week, the Eighth Circuit issued a decision in a case involving those issues, holding that an employment agreement’s arbitration clause... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Kelly Hagedorn and Oliver J. Thomson The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on 8 July 2019 issued a notice of its intention to fine British Airways £183.39 million for infringements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Such a fine, if levied, would represent around 1.5% of British Airways’... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article published by Law360, Partner Charles D. Riely and Associate Danielle Muniz explore the publicly available information about the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s use of data analytics to detect and pursue violators. The authors discuss why understanding the SEC’s data analytics concepts is important for lawyers and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By William S. C. Goldstein Earlier this month, a federal district court in New York handed a win to the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) in its long-running, closely watched suit seeking to block the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) from issuing national bank... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up