On October 1, the State of Michigan will join more than 150 cities and counties as well as over 32 states in enacting a ban-the-box policy that prohibits asking job applicants if they have been convicted of a felony in an initial application. The policy applies to Michigan state positions and public employees, not private

On August 16, Judge Freda L. Wolfson of the District of New Jersey ruled that a consumer plaintiffs claim that insurance language overshadowed the required debt validation warning can proceed.  In the case of Morello v. AR Resources, Inc., the named plaintiff Wayne Morello received a collection letter arising from a medical

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  • On September 20, 2018, the Ninth Circuit in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC (Case: 14-56834), overturned a lower court’s ruling that a text messaging system was not an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), holding instead that the statutory definition of an ATDS includes a

On September 19, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion illustrating the importance of careful drafting of arbitration agreements.

Following the holdings of many other courts, the Eleventh Circuit panel held that if an agreement is silent regarding the ability to arbitrate claims on a class basis, then it is up to courts

On Wednesday, September 26th, from 2 – 3 pm ET, Troutman Sanders attorneys, David Anthony and Andrew Buxbaum will present a webinar discussing an in-depth examination and update on the FDCPA as well as the impact on the debt collection industry. The discussion will focus on recent case law, litigation trends and current regulatory enforcement

On September 12, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an interim final rule which provided a model Summary of Rights form, a form that both consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and employers doing background checks use for compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. CRAs and employers are required to implement revisions to the form

By: Ashley Taylor, David Anthony, Stephen Piepgrass and Ryan Strasser

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act (VCPA), Virginia Code § 59.1-196 et seq., represents the Virginia General Assembly’s effort to enact a sweeping and potent remedial tool to protect consumers from exploitation by a business where the consumer has engaged in a “consumer transaction” with

A Fifth Circuit panel has rejected an administrative subpoena from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that sought documents and other information from a Texas-based public records search company, marking only the second time that an appeals court has declined to enforce one of the consumer watchdog agency’s so-called civil investigative demands.

In six-page decision filed

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced in mid-July that it conducted the first compliance sweep of car dealerships since the effective date of its revised Used Car Rule requiring the use of a new Buyer’s Guide sticker. The sweep occurred between April and June 2018 in 20 cities nationwide. The FTC partnered with 12 agencies