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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 6 days ago 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
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By Joseph L. Noga, Michael W. Ross, Justin C. Steffen and Kashan Pathan Since its inception, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) has faced controversy over its structure as an independent agency headed by a single director who can be removed by the President only for cause. Critics have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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Jenner & Block is partnering with Chicago-Kent College of Law and FinTEx, a non-profit, member-driven community of the leading organizations within FinTech and Financial Services, for a first-of-its kind conference focused on the evolving regulatory and legal issues in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. Co-organized by Partner Justin C. Steffen,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Adam G. Unikowsky and Leonard R. Powell On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., No. 17-494. In a 5-4 opinion by Justice Kennedy, the Court held that the Dormant Commerce Clause does not bar a state from requiring... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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A combination of stagnant power consumption growth and the rise of natural gas and renewable power sources has resulted in the displacement and potential closure of many older coal and nuclear power plants in the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, since 2008, coal and nuclear energy have seen a continuous decline in their percentage of the nation’s total energy generation market. And in 2015, the closure of coal fueled power plants accounted for more than 80% of the nation’s retired energy generating capacity. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Corporate Environmental Lawyer
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By Nicolas G. Keller On May 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law a resolution disapproving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) guidance on Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“Indirect Auto Lending Guidance” or “Guidance”). In that Guidance, the CFPB expressed the view that... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Adam G. Unikowsky, Michael T. Brody, Carla J. Rozycki, Howard S. Suskin, and Gabriel K. Gillett On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the consolidated cases Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, No. 16-300; and NLRB v.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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In an article for American Banker, Jenner & Block Partner Michael W. Ross and Associate Emily A. Bruemmer examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) preference for less enforcement at the federal level. The authors discuss acting Director Mick Mulvaney’s announcement that the CFPB would no longer be “pushing the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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Jenner & Block Partner Anne P. Ray will speak at the 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in Chicago. Hosted by the Practising Law Institute, the two-day program will focus on a broad array of recent regulatory, enforcement and litigation issues relating to mortgages; auto finance; credit, debit and prepaid... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up
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By Jolene E. Negre On April 17, the New York Attorney General’s Office released a statement that it has launched a fact-finding inquiry into 13 cryptocurrency exchanges. Questionnaires were sent to the following exchanges: Coinbase, Inc. (GDAX) Gemini Trust Company bitFlyer USA, Inc. iFinex Inc. (Bitfinex) Bitstamp USA Inc. Payward,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Consumer Law Round-Up