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Chris is an attorney in the Consumer Financial Services practice who focuses on representing companies in financial services litigation nationwide. He has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of litigation, including individual lawsuits, class actions, mass tort actions, and multidistrict litigation

In Cadence Bank, N.A. v. Roy J. Elizondo III, PLLC, the Supreme Court of Texas recently held that an administrative form relied upon by a victim of a fraud scam did not impose contractual obligations on a bank to verify available funds before processing the wire transaction.

A Texas lawyer maintained an IOLTA deposit

On November 18, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a trial court decision that had denied a motion to dismiss on Article III standing grounds. Applying recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the Second Circuit ruled that allegations of a state statutory violation and risk of future harm are insufficient to establish Article

On July 1, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed in part a trial court’s dismissal of claims brought under Maryland’s Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions (CLEC) due to the plaintiff’s lack of damages. Specifically, the court ruled that a plaintiff could, in theory, state a CLEC claim without having paid more than the

While Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules do not require member firms and customers to enter into arbitration agreements or otherwise preclude parties from litigating disputes through the state and federal court systems, FINRA issued and published Regulatory Notice 21-16 (the “Notice”) on April 21, 2021 to emphasize the applicable FINRA Rules when member firms

On April 14, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California finding that a FINRA registered investment banker’s statutory employment discrimination and civil rights claims were not subject to arbitration. In reversing, the Ninth Circuit held that the express

On April 16, 2021, a bill was introduced in the Senate and House that would restrict securities industry broker-dealers and other FINRA registered firms from imposing mandatory arbitration for customer disputes or contractually limiting a customer’s ability to bring suit on a class or consolidated basis.

Named the “Investor Choice Act” (the “Bill”), the Bill

Last March we reported that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. (FINRA) administratively postponed in-person arbitration and mediation proceedings, and held such proceedings remotely via telephone or Zoom.

However, given recent developments in the country’s reopening from the pandemic, FINRA announced that it will re-open 62 of its

In Jefferies LLC v Gegenheimer, the Second Circuit reminded prospective FINRA arbitration litigants of the high burden in court to vacate an unsatisfactory arbitration award issued by a panel of arbitrators.

In this matter, the petitioner was a FINRA-member investment bank and respondent was an individually licensed investment banker. The dispute arose out of

2020 was a transformative year for the consumer financial services world. As we navigate an unprecedented volume of industry regulation, Troutman Pepper is uniquely positioned to help its clients find successful resolutions and stay ahead of the compliance curve.

In this report, we share developments in 2020 on consumer class actions, background screening, bankruptcy,

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana denied a debt collector’s motion for summary judgment, suggesting that an open question of whether a telephone system had the capacity to place automatic calls might support a claim under the Telephone Consumer Practices Act (“TCPA”), even if that functionality had