Consumer Protection

  • February 22, 2024

    AI Software Co. Hasn't Actually Developed AI, Suit Says

    Software and data engineering company Innodata Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action alleging its stock price dropped more than 30% after a financial research firm published a report saying its promised artificial intelligence technology is "smoke and mirrors" and that its marketing claims are like "putting lipstick on a pig."

  • February 22, 2024

    TitleMax Accused Of 'Usurious' Lending To Troops

    TitleMax was hit with a proposed class action in Georgia federal court Wednesday demanding the lender void thousands of allegedly illegal loans that saddled military members with skyrocketing debt thanks to prohibitively high interest rates.

  • February 22, 2024

    Mich. Judge OKs $52M Deal For Mayo Foundation Subscribers

    A Michigan federal judge on Wednesday gave the initial approval to a $52 million deal for subscribers to the Mayo Foundation's health magazine who allege the publisher shared their private information without consent.

  • February 22, 2024

    Chamber, Biz Groups Fight Class Cert. In GM Defect Suit

    Automotive and product manufacturer associations on Wednesday sided with General Motors in seeking to reverse the certification of 26 classes of drivers who allege the automaker sold vehicles with defective transmissions, saying allowing classes to include uninjured drivers would create billions of dollars in unnecessary litigation.

  • February 22, 2024

    Hawley Calls For DOJ To Block Capital One-Discover Deal

    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to block Capital One's announced $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services.

  • February 22, 2024

    Bumble Reaches $315K Settlement In Criminal Screening Case

    Dating app company Bumble has agreed to pay $315,000 and change its business practices to settle claims brought by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin that it failed to disclose its criminal background-check screening policies.

  • February 22, 2024

    FirstEnergy Faces Renewed Consumer Probes Amid Scandal

    The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has decided to lift its stay on four separate consumer protection investigations into three FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiaries, stemming from corruption surrounding a law paving the way for a $1.3 billion nuclear energy bailout.

  • February 22, 2024

    Anapol Weiss Absorbs Injury Boutique Attys, Adds Partner

    Anapol Weiss has joined forces with a Philadelphia personal injury boutique and added a partner from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC, the firm announced this week.

  • February 21, 2024

    Calif. Chamber Takes Privacy Regs Fight To State High Court

    The California Chamber of Commerce is pressing the state's Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that allows California's new data privacy agency to begin enforcing regulations it has finalized, arguing that there's "no way" state voters envisioned companies having less than a year to comply with the rules.  

  • February 21, 2024

    Texas Crypto Firm Sues SEC To Avoid 'Unlawful' Enforcement

    A Texas-based crypto firm has sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to convince a Texas federal court to find that digital assets traded on public exchanges are not securities and protect it from potential registration enforcement cases.

  • February 21, 2024

    Crypto Law Firm Invokes Coinbase Petition In SEC Challenge

    Crypto-focused law firm Hodl Law PLLC told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that its standing to sue the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its crypto policy is undeniable now that the agency has decided not to take up a rulemaking petition from crypto exchange Coinbase.

  • February 21, 2024

    FTC Says Twitter Staff Prevented Musk Violating Privacy Order

    The Federal Trade Commission told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that were it not for Twitter employees disobeying Elon Musk's orders to grant some reporters "full access to everything ... no limits at all" to the social media platform's systems, the company may have violated a 2022 FTC consent decree.

  • February 21, 2024

    Hospital Debt Collector To Pay $1M To End Wash. AG's Claims

    Debt collector Harris & Harris has agreed to shell out $1 million to resolve allegations that it collected medical debt payments from tens of thousands of Washington state patients without disclosing that they might qualify for financial assistance, according to a consent decree filed in state court on Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    GM Bolt Buyers' Attys Blasted For 'Wasting' Judge's Time

    A California federal judge on Wednesday scolded lawyers who filed about 150 "cookie cutter" lawsuits alleging General Motors knowingly sold Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with defective batteries, asking why they shouldn't be sanctioned for "wasting" court time as claims for some model years will have to be withdrawn.

  • February 21, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Floats Payments, PE 'Trip Wires' For FSOC Review

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief sounded an alarm Wednesday about the growth of digital payments and private equity, saying federal regulators should consider setting numerical "trip wires" around those activities to stay ahead of potential financial stability risks.

  • February 21, 2024

    Chase Bank's Returned Check Fee Is Unlawful, Suit Says

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of imposing predatory fees on customers who attempted to deposit invalid checks, saying there is no way some check recipients could have reasonably predicted their checks would bounce.

  • February 21, 2024

    39 AGs Call For Federal Pharmacy Benefit Manager Reform

    The list of critics of pharmacy benefit managers continues to grow as nearly 40 attorneys general have thrown their weight behind a trio of federal bills they say would force more transparency into an "opaque" industry that has "been a cause of rising drug prices."

  • February 21, 2024

    TD Bank Customers Seek OK On $32.2M Overdraft Fee Deal

    A class of TD Bank customers asked a New Jersey federal judge Wednesday for her preliminary approval of a $21.97 million deal over allegedly improper overdraft fees in debit card transactions, plus $10.25 million in reductions to outstanding balances for accounts that were closed with amounts due to the bank.

  • February 21, 2024

    'Cyber Trust Mark' Will Get Vote At Next FCC Meeting

    The proposed "U.S. Cyber Trust Mark" for "smart" products will come up for a vote at the Federal Communications Commission next month, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2024

    Google Judge Slams Lack Of User Choice, Mulls Privacy Cert.

    A California federal judge on Wednesday appeared open to certifying a class of potentially tens of millions of Google account holders alleging Google's ad auction practices violate privacy rights, doubting that users consented to data-sharing if they couldn't opt out and telling Google's counsel, "there's no transparency and there's no choice."

  • February 21, 2024

    Justices Turn Away Meta Bid To End Ad Discrimination Suit

    A proposed class action accusing Facebook owner Meta of permitting discrimination in choices regarding which users could see housing ads appears headed for discovery after the U.S. Supreme Court denied the company's petition to appeal a split Ninth Circuit ruling.

  • February 21, 2024

    NC Justices Hint At Coverage For Firm's Driver Privacy Row

    The North Carolina Supreme Court seemed skeptical Wednesday of an insurer's contention that mailers sent by a law firm to car crash victims based on public accident reports couldn't be considered coverage-triggering publication of material that violates a person's right to privacy.

  • February 21, 2024

    4th Circ. Tosses Migrant Bond Co.'s CFPB Funding Challenge

    The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed an appeal from an immigrant bond service company being sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for allegedly running a predatory scheme, finding that the court has no appellate jurisdiction over the litigation.

  • February 21, 2024

    CoStar, Hotel Giants Accused Of Data-Driven Price-Fixing

    Hilton, Hyatt and other big name hotel operators are the target of a proposed class action alleging they colluded with hospitality industry analytics firm CoStar Group Inc. to fix prices in luxury hotel markets in Seattle and other major U.S. cities, according to a suit filed in Washington federal court.

  • February 21, 2024

    FCC Commissioner To Meet With Indian Gov't On TikTok Ban

    FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is finally getting the chance to chat with Indian officials about the country's decision to ban TikTok over concerns about the Chinese government's influence over the app, a decision he has pushed for here in the United States, during a visit to India.

Expert Analysis

  • What's In NY's Draft Guidance On AI Use In Insurance

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    Last week, the New York State Department of Financial Services released proposed guidance for insurers on the use of artificial intelligence systems and external consumer data and information sources for underwriting and pricing purposes, and these standards will likely help form the basis of an eventual nationwide insurance regulatory framework on AI, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Generative AI Model Evals: A Primer For Compliance Officers

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    A better understanding of evaluation and benchmarking practices for generative artificial intelligence can help compliance officers and other responsible AI practitioners identify associated risks and the degree to which mitigation might prove effective, say Collin Starkweather and Ekene Chuks-Okeke at Luminos.Law.

  • OCC Guidance May Lead Off 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Regulations

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's bulletin released last month to assist national and federal savings banks with managing the risks posed by "buy now, pay later" lending may be the start of increased state legislation or guidance specifically aimed at regulating such loans, say Susan Seaman and Jacob Huston at Husch Blackwell.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • 11 Noteworthy CFPB Developments From 2023

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    Under Rohit Chopra’s leadership, 2023 was an industrious year for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with developments including the release of the proposed personal financial data rights rule, publication of proposed rules involving public registries for nonbanks and the bureau's continuous battle against junk fees, all of which are sure to further progress in 2024, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • A Potential Proactive Tool For Public-Private Joint Ventures

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    In the current environment of heightened antitrust enforcement, the National Cooperative Research and Production Act seems tailor-made for the collaborative work among competitors encouraged by the Biden administration's infrastructure and green energy funding legislation, say Jeetander Dulani and Susan Ebner at Stinson.

  • 5 AI Risks For Corporate Boards To Examine

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    Whether companies are building their own artificial intelligence technology or leveraging third-party tools, their directors should get educated on certain legal issues and business risks to ensure the adoption of policies that foster responsible use of generative AI, say James Gatto and Tiana Garbett at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Companies Should Beware Greater Scrutiny Of Subscriptions

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    The New York Attorney General's Office has been utilizing a severe interpretation of the law in enforcement against subscription services, as demonstrated in last month's Sirius XM complaint and Cerebral settlement — and this focus is representative of heightened subscription scrutiny in other states and at the federal level, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Takeaways From FTC Children's Privacy Rule Proposal

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    The Federal Trade Commission’s recently issued and long-awaited proposed revisions to its Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule are not as seismic as might have been expected under current leadership, and show that the agency's COPPA rulemaking is far from over, says Phyllis Marcus at Hunton.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • 3 Key Class Action Trends To Use As Guidance In 2024

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    Telephone Consumer Protection Act, privacy and false advertising class actions saw significant shifts last year — including a trend toward expanding the application of preexisting laws to current technologies — that businesses should keep in mind to navigate the class action landscape in 2024, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

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