State Attorneys General

The FTC announced that its roundtable discussion with state attorneys general, which had been set for March 25, will be postponed due to logistical issues.  A new date is not yet available on the FTC’s Hearings Calendar, and an agenda has not been posted.  This scheduled hearing is part of a larger series of

The attorneys general of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam have offered their support to pending legislation, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act, aimed at significantly reducing robocalls.  The support was in the form of a letter sent by

The attorneys general of all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam have offered their support to pending legislation, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act, aimed at significantly reducing robocalls.  The support was in the form of a letter sent by

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office filed suit against two automobile dealerships and their owner in the Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging that the dealerships should be closed and their owner barred from the industry because they targeted financially vulnerable consumers with a variety of unconscionable and deceptive business practices.

According to the AG’s

Requiring an employee or consumer to submit any dispute to binding arbitration as a condition of employment or purchase of a product or service is commonly referred to as “forced arbitration.”  Many times, the employee or consumer is required to waive their right to sue or to participate in a class action lawsuit.  Critics argue

A group of 21 states and the District of Columbia submitted a comment letter opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureaus effort to revise and boost its Policy on No-Action Letters (NAL Policy) and the creation of a CFPB Product Sandbox.  The NAL Policy and Product Sandbox will allow companies

Consistent with state data breach notification laws, the Neiman Marcus Group, LLC publicly announced in January 2014 that its customers’ payment card information had potentially been compromised at 77 Neiman Marcus retail locations between March 2013 and January 2014. In total, 370,000 credit cards were compromised as a result of the intrusion, and at least

A Connecticut-based automobile finance company settled a claim by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office that the finance company facilitated the sale of defective vehicles by a group of Massachusetts car dealerships.  As part of the settlement, Sensible Auto Lending LLC has agreed to provide debt relief in the amount of $733,925. 

According to the Massachusetts

On January 3, 49 state attorneys general announced a settlement with Career Education Corporation (“CEC”), a for-profit education company, to resolve claims that CEC engaged in unfair and deceptive practices.  The settlement requires CEC to forgo any collection efforts against $493.7 million in outstanding loan debt held by nearly 180,000 former students.  It also imposes

A Florida federal judge entered a judgment for over $23 million last week against Robert Guice, the alleged operator of a telemarketing scam offering debt relief services to consumers.

The lawsuit, brought by the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Attorney General, alleged that Guice created Loyal Financial & Credit Services, LLC (“Loyal”), Life Management