The Federal Trade Commission 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 use of a new Buyers Guide sticker.  The sweep took place between April and June 2018 in 20 cities nationwide.  The FTC coordinated its efforts with

The subject of marijuana and banking has garnered more and more attention as an increasing number of States decriminalize or legalize its use, medicinally and recreationally.  Still, no matter what State law might say about the matter, a wide array of commercial and banking activity remains criminal insofar as it is connected with marijuana.  This

A recent Virginia Supreme Court decision, The Game Place, L.L.C. v. Fredericksburg 35, LLC, 813 S.E.2d 312 (Va. 2018), highlights the long-standing statutory requirement for using a deed of lease, affixing a corporate seal, or utilizing acceptable seal substitutes in long-term leases.  In Game Place, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that a

On July 5, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of the Federal Trade Commission against Credit Bureau Service, LLC f/k/a/ MyScore LLC (“CBS LLC”) and its owner, Michael Brown, on charges that they deceived consumers with fake rental property ads and deceptive promises of “free” credit…

On June 21, the United States District Court in Oregon dismissed a plaintiff’s class action complaint alleging his potential employer violated the disclosure and pre-adverse action notification requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).            

Plaintiff Daniel Walker applied for employment with defendant Fred Meyer, Inc.  As part of the application process, Fred Meyer provided

Last night, California legislators passed Assembly Bill 375 (commonly known as the “California Consumer Privacy Act”) that would grant Californians “increased control” over their data. The new Act will have substantial effects on any business that has appreciable interactions with California, in how they store, share, disclose, and engage with consumer data.  The Act will…

The Third Circuit recently applied the D.C. Circuit’s decision in ACA International v. FCC and granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act claim.  The Court held in Dominguez v. Yahoo, Inc. that Yahoo’s Email SMS Service was not an automatic telephone dialing system (or “ATDS”) because it…

On June 6, the Consumer Advisory Board’s twenty-two members were informed that they would no longer serve on the CAB and could not reapply for their former positions.

Through June 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had four advisory bodies: the Academic Research Council, the Community Bank Advisory Council, the Credit Union Advisory Council, and…

As designed and envisioned, student loan ombudsmen are government officials tasked with helping borrowers struggling with repaying their student loans.  Among other varied means, they are designed to protect consumers from unfair debt collection practices and help them understand their repayment options. In recent years, a growing number of jurisdictions, including Connecticut, Illinois, and the