State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC

On January 17, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement of allegations against a Latvian payment processor and its former CEO that they enabled a deceptive “free trial” offer scheme that billed United States consumers the full price for certain products and engaged in various tactics amounting to “credit card laundering.”

According to the FTC’s

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau constitutional? Soon we will know. But what happens to the CFPB’s day-to-day work in the meantime? A student loan relief company decided to find out, and learned that the issue of the CFPB’s constitutionality will have no effect on the company’s obligation to respond to a civil investigative demand.

Wire fraud cases, arising from what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “business email compromise,” are on the rise. In 2018, the FBI reported that business email compromise and other internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation resulted in $2.7 billion of financial loss. See FBI – IC3 Annual Report Released. Surprisingly, even sophisticated parties and

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders’ attorneys David Anthony and Ethan Ostroff will be presenting during the RMAI Annual Conference at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The RMAI Conference is the premier event for the receivables management industry. Debt buyers, originating creditors, collection agencies, law firms, brokers and affiliates

On December 17, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved a settlement between Starion Energy Inc. and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in which Starion agreed to pay up to $10 million to resolve claims that it engaged in deceptive business practices and violated state telemarketing laws.

Starion is a retail provider

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found that the inclusion of a collection fee in a post-default collection letter sent by a debt collection company did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

In Ossipova v. Pioneer Credit Recovery, Inc., et al., No.

On December 20, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the Washington district court’s decision that denied Huuuge, Inc.’s bid to arbitrate a proposed class action based on a browsewrap agreement. In Wilson v. Huuuge, Inc., No. 18-36017, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 37952 (9th Cir. Dec. 20, 2019), the Ninth Circuit held that “because Huuuge did not

On December 11, PayPal, Inc. filed suit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that the CFPB’s Prepaid Card Rule (“the Rule”) represents a “category error” and violates the First Amendment. At issue is the applicability of the Rule to digital wallets compared to

On December 18, the Federal Trade Commission approved a settlement of claims against Alexander Nix, the former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, LLC, and Aleksandr Kogan, an app developer who worked with the company, regarding their roles in allegedly deceiving consumers in order to collect personal information for voter profiling and targeting.

The FTC’s complaint claimed

On November 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced settlements with a military travel lender, its principal, and the servicer of its loans. The now defunct Edmiston Marketing, LLC, operating under the name of Easy Military Travel, provided financing to military servicemembers and their families for the purchasing of airline tickets. The CFPB determined that