Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor

Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor

monitoring the financial services industry to help companies navigate through regulatory compliance, enforcement, and litigation issues

C. Reade Jacob, Jr.

Blog Role:
Contributor – State Attorneys General, CFPB & FTC; Cyber Security, Information Governance and Privacy

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Reade specializes in regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

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Federal and State Regulators Obtain Record Judgment Enforcing TCPA Violations Predicated Upon Insufficient Vendor Oversight

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On June 5, 2017, an Illinois federal judge awarded $280 million to the federal government and the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio against Dish Network LLC over violations of numerous federal and state do-not-call laws. The district court’s $280 million penalty constitutes the largest ever for violations of telemarketing laws. In addition,… Continue Reading

NY AG Settles with IoT Company over Security Practices

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On May 22, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Safetech Products LLC (“Safetech”) over allegations that the Internet of Things (IoT) company sold insecure wireless door and padlocks.  According to the Attorney General, the settlement marks the first time a state Attorneys General has taken legal action against a wireless… Continue Reading

State Attorneys General Reach $18.5M Agreement with Target Over 2013 Data Breach

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On May 23, state attorneys general from 47 states and the District of Columbia announced a settlement agreement with Target Corporation to resolve the states’ investigation into the company’s 2013 data breach.  Under the terms of the Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (“AVC”), Target will pay $18.5 million to the states – the largest multistate data… Continue Reading

Class Action Filed Against Chipotle for Data Security Breach Involving Payment Processing System

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy
On May 4, Bellwether Community Credit Union filed a class action suit on behalf of a proposed class of financial institutions in Colorado federal court against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., claiming that the chain’s recently announced data breach caused significant financial harm to the credit union.  Bellwether’s complaint alleges that Chipotle’s purportedly lax security standards… Continue Reading

Chipotle Discloses Data Security Breach Related to Network Supporting Payment Processing for Restaurant

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Payment Processing & Cards
In its Form 10-Q dated April 25, 2017 for the quarterly period that ended on March 31, 2017, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. announced that it had detected a data security breach in its electronic processing and transmission of confidential customer and employee information.  Specifically, Chipotle’s information security team detected unauthorized activity on the network that… Continue Reading

State Banking Regulators File Suit Challenging OCC Fintech Charter

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, Payment Processing & Cards, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On April 26, a group of state bank regulators filed a lawsuit to block the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency from issuing special charters to fintech firms.  The regulators argue that the OCC fintech charter will improperly displace already effective state laws regulating fintech companies, that the OCC lacks the authority to issue… Continue Reading

CFPB Files Suit Against Four Online Lenders Operated by Native American Tribe

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On April 27, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit in an Illinois federal court against four online installment loan companies operated by a California Native American tribe.  Although the tribe operates the installment loan companies, the CFPB’s complaint alleges that the defendants are not “arms of the tribe” and therefore should not be… Continue Reading

CFPB Meets With Community Bankers to Discuss Use of Alternative Data in Credit Decisions

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau held its Spring 2017 Community Bank Advisory Council meeting in Washington.  The purpose of the meeting was to allow representatives from community banks an opportunity to provide additional input on the Bureau’s Request for Information (“RFI”) on the use of alternative data to assess creditworthiness of consumers… Continue Reading

CFPB Cracks Down on Collection Firm for Alleged Misrepresentation of Attorney Involvement

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is continuing its pursuit of third-party collection law firms it believes misrepresent to consumers the level of attorney involvement in their collection practices. On April 17, the CFPB filed suit in the Northern District of Ohio against Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A., for allegedly misrepresenting in millions of collections… Continue Reading

U.S. District Court Dismisses CFPB Case Against Payment Processor

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Payment Processing & Cards, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On March 17, the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted Intercept Corporation (“Intercept”), Bryan Smith, and Craig Dresser’s Motion to Dismiss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) Complaint in the case between the CFPB and Intercept. The decision to grant the Motion to Dismiss marks the first time that the Bureau… Continue Reading

NY AG Announces Settlement with Health App Developers Over Marketing and Privacy Practices

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On March 23, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with three health-related applications sold in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.  The settlements arose from allegations of misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices.  Under the terms of the settlements, the developers agreed to provide additional information about how the apps were tested,… Continue Reading

DOJ Brief Opposing CFPB Brings More Uncertainty

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Mortgage Lenders & Servicers, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On March 17, the U.S. Department of Justice submitted a brief to the D.C. Circuit asserting that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s single-director structure violates the Constitution’s separation of powers in the CFPB v. PHH Corporation case. CFPB’s Single Director Structure The Democratic-controlled 111th Congress created the CFPB as part of the Dodd-Frank Act in… Continue Reading

Virginia AG Reaches Settlement with Two Pawnbrokers Over Illegal Interest

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On March 10, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced settlements with two Fredericksburg, Virginia pawnbrokers – Pawnking, LLC and All Star Pawn & Gold, LLC – over allegations the companies charged consumers illegal interest and fees in violation of Virginia’s pawnbroker statutes and the Virginia Consumer Protection Act.  As part of the settlement, Pawnking and… Continue Reading

Washington Court Orders 5-Hour Energy To Pay $4.3M For Deceptive Ads in AG Suit

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On February 7, Living Essentials LLC and Innovative Ventures LLC, the makers of 5-Hour Energy were ordered to pay nearly $4.3 million in penalties and attorneys’ fees and costs after a Washington State court found the makers deceived consumers with misleading claims regarding things like the effectiveness of the flavored energy shots.  Living Essentials and… Continue Reading

FTC and NJ AG Announce Settlement with Vizio over Collecting Consumer Viewing Habits

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On February 6, the FTC and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General announced a $2.2 million settlement with Vizio, Inc. over allegations the TV manufacturer installed software on its TVs to collect viewing data on 11 million consumers without their knowledge or consent.  According to the complaint, Vizio manufactured smart TVs that allowed… Continue Reading

Virginia AG Reaches Settlement Agreement with CashCall

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On January 31, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced a settlement with CashCall, Inc. over allegations that the company illegally deceived borrowers and collected interest in excess of legal rates.    According to the press release, the A.G.’s Office alleged that CashCall violated Virginia’s usury, lending, and licensure laws by entering into an arrangement in which… Continue Reading

NY AG Settles with Acer for $115,000 over Data Breach

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On January 26, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement with Acer Service Corporation over an alleged data breach involving more than 35,000 credit card numbers, including the credit card information and other personal information of 2,250 New York residents.  As part of the settlement, Acer agreed to pay $115,000 in penalties and… Continue Reading

Democratic AGs File Motion to Intervene in CFPB “For Cause” Removal Case

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On January 23, Democratic attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion to intervene in the closely watched PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau case, currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.  As we reported here and here, in October 2016, a divided… Continue Reading

FTC Holds Second Annual PrivacyCon

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On January 12, the FTC held its second annual PrivacyCon conference in Washington.  The day-long event featured presentations and exhibits by a number of scholars and privacy experts offering their research on consumer privacy and security in the digital age.  Chairwoman Edith Ramirez opened PrivacyCon by noting the myriad ways that consumer data is collected,… Continue Reading

New York Financial Regulator Revises Proposed Cybersecurity Regulation

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On December 28, the New York Department of Financial Services (“NY DFS”) released its highly anticipated revised cyber security rule.  As we previously noted here, the proposed regulations would require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program and to take other measures to protect against data breaches… Continue Reading

Investigation of Ashley Madison by FTC and State AGs Ends in Settlement Agreement

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On December 14, the FTC, along with a coalition of 13 states and the District of Columbia, entered into a settlement agreement with Ashley Madison over allegations that the online dating site deceived consumers and failed to protect 36 million users’ account and profile information in relation to a massive July 2015 data breach.  The… Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Rules CFPB “For Cause” Removal of the Director Unconstitutional, but Declines to Shut it Down

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
Until October 10, none of the constitutional or scope of enforcement authority challenges to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB” or Bureau”) power have been successful. That changed on October 11 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held the Director of the Bureau has too much unilateral, unchecked power and… Continue Reading

CFPB Issues Final Prepaid Card Rule

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Featured Posts, Payment Processing & Cards, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On October 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its much anticipated final rules regulating prepaid card accounts.  The final rules follow the proposed rules that the Bureau issued in December 2014, and are mostly unchanged from the proposed rules.  The new rules apply to “prepaid accounts,” which the Bureau defines as accounts that are… Continue Reading

LendUp to Pay $6.3M in CFPB-California Deal

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On September 27, LendUp, an online payday lending company based in San Francisco, entered into a Consent Order with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the California Department of Business Oversight over allegations that LendUp violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act and Regulation Z of the Truth In Lending Act by  misleading consumers about the… Continue Reading