Consumer Protection

  • July 09, 2024

    BMW Driver Urges 9th Circ. To Restart Car-Tracking Fight

    A BMW driver urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to revive a proposed class action alleging Otonomo surreptitiously tracks drivers' locations through electronic devices installed in their cars, arguing that the trial court erroneously interpreted the statute to wrongly conclude the devices aren't "attached" to vehicles as required by the law.

  • July 09, 2024

    FINRA Fines UBS For Missing Rep's $7.2M Sell-Away Scheme

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined UBS Financial Services Inc. $850,000 as part of a deal to resolve allegations that the firm failed to detect for more than two decades one of its representative's outside sales of mismarketed securities to his UBS clients.

  • July 09, 2024

    Pharma Co. Fined $16.9M For Fake Scripts, Ex-VP Arrested

    A subsidiary of bankrupt DMK Pharmaceuticals Corp. faces a $16.9 million criminal fine after pleading guilty to conspiring in a scheme to ship drugs using false prescriptions, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday, adding that the subsidiary's former vice president of sales was also arrested.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ford Must Face Class Claims Over Oil Pump Defect

    Ford must continue facing a proposed class action alleging it sold EcoBoost engine vehicles with faulty oil pumps after a Delaware federal judge on Monday largely denied the automaker's bid to dismiss the case, permanently tossing only one claim that alleged violations of Michigan's Consumer Protection Act.

  • July 09, 2024

    CFPB's Latest Rules Agenda Includes Blast From Fed Past

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may try to resurrect part of a defunct Federal Reserve regulation that banned banks from employing some consumer credit contract terms, according to a new rulemaking agenda from the agency that also hints at a plan B for its $8 credit card late-fee rule.

  • July 09, 2024

    With Chevron's End, LGBTQ+ Healthcare Regs Face New Risk

    The end of Chevron deference is already disrupting regulation meant to protect LGBTQ+ access to healthcare, with three federal judges blocking enforcement of a Biden administration rule prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in healthcare.

  • July 09, 2024

    No Proof Consumers Vexed By 'Spring' Water, Court Told

    Nestle Waters North America Inc. on Tuesday urged a Connecticut federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Poland Spring water does not emanate from an actual spring, arguing that references to spring water on product labels mean different things to different consumers and that no confusion has been proved.

  • July 09, 2024

    FTC Deal Bars Messaging App From Allowing Users Under 18

    Anonymous messaging app maker NGL Labs LLC and two of its founders will shell out $5 million and be banned from offering the service to anyone under age 18 to resolve the Federal Trade Commission and Los Angeles County's claims that they unfairly marketed the app to children and teens and falsely portrayed their content moderation efforts.

  • July 09, 2024

    Industry, FCC Argue Net Neutrality's Fate After Chevron's Fall

    Industry groups and the Federal Communications Commission filed competing briefs with the Sixth Circuit over whether to delay the enforcement of net neutrality rules after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed the longstanding Chevron doctrine that gave wide deference to agency decision making.

  • July 09, 2024

    Slam By CFTC Member Backs Sanctions Bid, Forex Firm Says

    A foreign exchange firm that accused the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of misconduct in bringing an action against it has cited recent criticism of the agency's enforcement division by one of its commissioners in support of its bid to toss the case and sanction the regulator.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Nix Antitrust Claims Against Alcon

    The Florida federal judge presiding over the multidistrict litigation alleging disposable contact lens sellers conspired to fix prices refused Tuesday to let Alcon escape antitrust claims by an online contact lens reseller and sent the suit back to New York.

  • July 09, 2024

    Amazon Gets 'Buy Box' Rigging Case Tossed, For Now

    A Washington federal court has dismissed a proposed class action accusing Amazon of using its "Buy Box" feature to deceive consumers after finding that the two men bringing the claims failed to include any details about the transactions they made and allegedly overpaid for.

  • July 09, 2024

    Healthcare Cases To Watch: A 2024 Midyear Report

    Courts across the U.S. this year will oversee key cases to the healthcare industry, from multidistrict litigation over the Change Healthcare hack to a challenge of a state gender-affirming care ban at the Supreme Court. Here are the healthcare cases to watch in the second half of 2024.

  • July 09, 2024

    FCC Settles Call Caption Privacy Probe For $34.6M

    The Federal Communications Commission has secured a $34.6 million settlement with phone call captioning provider CaptionCall for holding onto phone call content too long and other agency rule violations.

  • July 09, 2024

    CFPB Moves To Unfreeze Credit Card Late Fee Rule In Texas

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked a Texas federal judge to formally dissolve a preliminary injunction that has been blocking the agency's $8 credit card late fee rule from taking effect, arguing that the justification of the injunction — the CFPB's allegedly unconstitutional funding structure — no longer holds.

  • July 09, 2024

    FTC Is Denied Amazon's Instructions On Signal Use, For Now

    A Washington federal judge refused Tuesday to give the Federal Trade Commission a peek into what it contends is the extensive use of Signal by Jeff Bezos and other top Amazon.com executives to hide communications relevant to a monopolization lawsuit, preferring to order deposition testimony on that use first.

  • July 09, 2024

    Google Says Social Media Ruling Hurts Common Carrier Case

    Google is telling an Ohio state court that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling bolsters its case against being reclassified as a common carrier.

  • July 09, 2024

    FCC Majority Takes Heat From House GOP Over New Regs

    Democratic leaders of the Federal Communications Commission defended their regulatory policies Tuesday against House GOP critics who accused the agency of tacking in a partisan direction and passing new rules that Republicans said exceed the agency's statutory limits.

  • July 09, 2024

    CBD Cos. Tell Justices RICO Can't Cover Personal Injury

    A trio of CBD companies on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to find that a trucker fired for a positive drug test cannot bring a personal injury claim under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • July 09, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Stiiizy Should Face Delta-8 Suit, Court Told

    A California purveyor of delta-8-infused vapes shouldn't be allowed to escape consumer claims that its products contain levels of THC above the legal limits, the plaintiffs behind a proposed class action have argued, saying the company has attempted to do too much business in Illinois to evade personal jurisdiction.

  • July 09, 2024

    Feds Say Pa. Headstone Seller Scammed Bereaved Of $1.5M

    An Upper Merion, Pennsylvania, man already awaiting trial in state court now faces federal wire fraud charges after prosecutors said his family business selling headstones took in more than $1.5 million in up-front payments for grave markers that were never delivered to customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

  • July 09, 2024

    Bigelow's 'Manufactured In USA' Label Not Judge's Cup Of Tea

    A California federal judge held Monday that Bigelow's labels on tea products stating "Manufactured in the USA" are literally false, handing a partial victory to a certified class of tea buyers, leaving only the issues of damages and Bigelow's state of mind when making the statement to a jury. 

  • July 09, 2024

    1st Circ. Revives Debt Harass Claims Against National Grid

    The First Circuit on Tuesday revived a proposed class action against National Grid USA Service Company Inc. and two debt collection firms whose multiple calls per day to a Massachusetts customer in 2017 and 2018 allegedly violated the state's consumer protection law.

  • July 09, 2024

    Fintech Firm Ingo Sued For Data Breach Disclosure Lag

    Fintech deposit underwriter Ingo Money Inc. faces a proposed class action alleging it waited seven months to notify consumers that it had been successfully targeted by hackers, during which time a "gold mine" of personal information was purportedly in the hands of unauthorized parties.

  • July 09, 2024

    3 States Ask High Court To Freeze Biden's Debt Relief Plan

    Three state attorneys general applied to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to vacate the stay of a nationwide injunction in an effort to pause implementation of a $475 billion student loan debt forgiveness program, saying they are likely to succeed in their attempts to have the program invalidated by the high court.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court's BofA Ruling Leaves State Preemption Questions

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    A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Cantero v. Bank of America sheds light on whether certain state banking regulations apply to federally chartered banks, but a circuit split could still force the Supreme Court to take a more direct position, says Brett Garver at Moritt Hock.

  • Cyber Takeaways For Cos. From Verizon Data Breach Report

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    Camilo Artiga-Purcell at Kiteworks analyzes the key findings of the 2024 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report from a legal perspective, examining the implications for organizations' cybersecurity strategies and compliance efforts.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Lessons From Epic's Dutch Fine For Unfair Marketing To Kids

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    Dutch regulators' imposition of a €1.1 million fine on Epic Games for unfair commercial practices targeting children marks a significant moment in the ongoing scrutiny of digital market practices, and follows an increased focus on children's online safety in the U.S. and European Union, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Opinion

    California Has A Duty To Curtail Frivolous CIPA Suits

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    As plaintiffs increasingly file class actions against companies for their use of website tracking cookies and pixels, the Legislature should consider four options to amend the California Invasion of Privacy Act and restore the balance between consumer privacy and business operational interests, say Steven Stransky and Jennifer Adler at Thompson Hine and Glenn Lammi at the Washington Legal Foundation.

  • Risks And Promises Of AI In The Financial Services Industry

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    Generative artificial intelligence has immense potential to revolutionize the financial services industry, but firms considering its use should first prepare to show their customers and the increasingly divided international regulatory community that they can manage the risks inherent to the new technology, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Series

    Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

  • Key FCC Enforcement Issues In AT&T Location Data Appeal

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    AT&T’s decision to challenge a $57 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission for its alleged treatment of customer location information highlights interesting and fundamental issues about the constitutionality of FCC enforcement, say Patrick O’Donnell and Jason Neal at HWG.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • What To Know As CFPB Late Fee Rule Hangs In Limbo

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    Though the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's final credit card late fee rule faces an uncertain future due to litigation involving injunctions, emergency petitions and now a venue dispute, card issuers must understand how to navigate the interim period and what to do if the rule takes effect, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • A Deep Dive Into The Evolving World Of ESG Ratings

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    Attorneys at Mintz discuss the salience of environmental, social and governance ratings in corporate circles in recent years, and consider certain methodologies underlying their calculation for professionals, as well as issues concerning the ESG ratings and products themselves.

  • What TikTok's Race Against The Clock Teaches Chinese Firms

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    The Biden administration's recent divestiture deadline on TikTok parent ByteDance provides useful information for other China-based companies looking to do business in the U.S., including the need to keep products for each market separate and implement firewalls at the design stage, says Richard Lomuscio at Stinson.

  • Updated Federal Rules Can Improve Product Liability MDLs

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    The recent amendment of a federal evidence rule regarding expert testimony and the proposal of a civil rule on managing early discovery in multidistrict legislation hold great promise for promoting the uniform and efficient processes that high-stakes product liability cases particularly need, say Alan Klein and William Heaston at Duane Morris.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • Unlocking Blockchain Opportunities Amid Legal Uncertainty

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    Dozens of laws and legal precedents will come into the fore as Web3, metaverse and non-fungible tokens gain momentum, so organizations need to design their programs with a broader view of potential exposures — and opportunities, say Teresa Goody Guillén and Robert Musiala at BakerHostetler and Steve McNew at FTI Consulting.

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