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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 3 days ago at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Amy Egerton-Wiley Debt collectors have for years sought guidance on how and when digital messages could be sent to contact consumers. On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a notice of proposed debt collection regulations that would provide that guidance. The new regulations would expand the potential... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Michael T. Brody, Gabriel K. Gillett, Howard S. Suskin and Adam G. Unikowsky On April 24, 2019, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, No. 17-988, holding that classwide arbitration is not available unless clearly authorized by the parties.[1] In a 5-4 decision... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By: Lee K. Van Voorhis and Eugene Lim For the past forty years, the consumer welfare standard (CWS) was the consensus economic model that antitrust enforcement agencies used to determine whether a company’s behavior necessitates antitrust action. The CWS became mainstream after former DC Circuit Justice Robert Bork published his... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Jessica Ring Amunson In a highly anticipated decision, the Ninth Circuit recently held that the target of a civil investigative demand from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) could not avoid responding to the demand on the grounds that the CFPB itself is unconstitutional. The Ninth Circuit thus joined... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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On March 29, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that it had indicted for the first time two corporate executives for failing to furnish information under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The government alleged that the two individuals – executives of companies that imported, distributed and sold dehumidifiers –... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Emily A. Bruemmer On March 28, 2019, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a Charge of Discrimination against Facebook, alleging that Facebook violated the Fair Housing Act “by encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.” This is an administrative action filed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Emily A. Bruemmer On April 24, 2019, Facebook announced in its Q1 earnings release that it had set aside $3 billion and estimates that it may pay up to $5 billion in a fine related to the FTC’s ongoing inquiry into its “platform and user data practices.” Facebook entered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Corinne M. Smith On April 15, 2019, the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a settlement with online personal-loan lender Avant LLC for $3.85 million. The FTC had accused Avant of engaging in a pattern of deceptive and unfair conduct regarding consumers’ payments and payment information, including falsely advertising... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Emily A. Bruemmer On March 6, 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced via an interview and a Facebook blog post a planned shift to “building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform.” Characterizing this shift as a “privacy-focused vision,” Zuckerberg said that this change in focus meant that Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Alexander M. Smith Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the latest iteration of its Supervisory Highlights report, which summarizes some of the CFPB’s recent supervisory examinations and provides guidance to industry about practices to avoid. The CFPB’s Supervisory Highlights report notes that the CFPB has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Camila A. Connolly On February 12, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) released its Fintech Industry Advisory Panel Recommendations. CSBS is a national organization of financial regulators from around the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands. The recommendations are designed to improve... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In a recent Corporate Counsel article, Jenner & Block Partner Jeffrey A. Atteberry examines the current federal privacy legislative proposals and the impact potential data privacy and cybersecurity legislation could have on businesses. Mr. Atteberry explains that several recent high-profile data breaches and questions about how social media platforms share... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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For the third consecutive year, Jenner & Block’s Food and Beverage Practice is recognized as a Law360 Practice Group of the Year for successfully leading a diverse array of matters for the titans of the food and beverage industry. Law360 notes that the firm fended off claims against our clients... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article published by the Daily Journal, Jenner & Block Partner Jeffrey A. Atteberry discusses the recent public forum that was hosted by the California attorney general’s office regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The forum was held in order to seek public comment on the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Gabriel K. Gillett Last week the en banc Ninth Circuit unanimously struck down San Francisco’s ordinance requiring warnings on ads for certain sugary beverages as a violation of the First Amendment. In American Beverage Ass’n v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 16-16072, the court held that the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Alexander M. Smith Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Consumer Right to Know Act (“Act”) as part of his proposed executive budget. The Act would authorize the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the New York Department of Health and the New York Department... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
2018 was another busy year for the Consumer Law Round-Up. Launched by the firm’s Consumer Law Practice, the blog updates readers on key developments within consumer law and provides insights that are relevant to companies and individuals that may be affected by the ever-increasing patchwork of federal and state consumer... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Michael W. Ross, Andrew J. Lichtman and Emily A. Bruemmer Several recent “first of kind” enforcement proceedings continue the flurry of enforcement activity by regulators. In two settled proceedings, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought two cases for failure to register digital tokens as securities in connection with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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...proponents of Blockchain technology have asserted the platform’s built-in efficiencies would allow it to compete with traditional, utility-owned electrical grids, with one company going as far as setting up a “micro-grid” in Brooklyn, New York. It appears that the marriage between Blockchain and the electricity grid may be moving forward at an accelerated pace as the technology is now being examined and piloted by major utility operators. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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In an article for Fintech Weekly, Partner Michael W. Ross explains that, as companies have experimented with blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies, commentators have highlighted antitrust concerns. Mr. Ross suggests areas to watch as the technology expands, particularly at the International Standards Organization and the Federal Trade Commission. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Michael W. Ross and Andrew J. Lichtman September saw a flurry of activity that will help further define the cryptocurrency regulatory landscape. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) brought its first-ever crypto-fraud case and a court ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article for Law360, Partners Daniel T. Fenske and Justin C. Steffen examine anti-competition issues with blockchain. The authors explain that anti-competition issues abound now that financial institutions, corporations and other industries are investing in blockchain technology. The issues, they observe, can be mitigated through early planning. The authors... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In a recently filed lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, the State of Illinois accused Trump International Hotel & Tower of violating multiple clean water laws and endangering fish and aquatic life in the Chicago River. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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By Jolene E. Negre, Michael W. Ross, Justin C. Steffen and Andrew J. Lichtman In a June 14 speech William Hinman, the SEC’s Director of the Division of Corporate Finance, began to place additional definition around the raging debate over whether digital assets, including tokens, are securities. Until that speech,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up