Consumer Protection

  • February 26, 2024

    BofA Battle Will Test Preemption's Reach At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set Tuesday to consider whether federal law exempts national banks from state-level escrow interest requirements, a case whose technical-sounding focus belies its hefty implications for the balance of federal and state regulatory power over many of the nation's big banks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Google Judge Rips $700M Antitrust Deal: 'It's Not Great'

    A California federal judge lambasted a $700 million deal that consumers and state attorneys general struck with Google blocking antitrust claims related to Android apps and the Play Store for 127 million consumers for the next seven years, saying Monday he's "never granted prospective relief" and that plaintiffs "folded" with "four aces."

  • February 26, 2024

    Amazon Loses Round In Suit Over Subscription Renewals

    Amazon must face claims in a proposed class action that its automatic renewal for Prime, Kindle and other services violates California and Oregon consumer laws, according to a Washington federal judge who said Monday that it was unclear if the retail giant did enough to make it easy to cancel after a free trial.

  • February 26, 2024

    'This Isn't A Game': Pro Se Ex-Law Student Schooled At Trial

    A California federal judge overseeing a disability discrimination trial brought by a former student at John F. Kennedy College of Law scolded the pro se litigant Monday after he protested not being able to cross-examine witnesses in writing, saying court rules had to be followed and "this isn't a game."

  • February 26, 2024

    NIST Widens Cybersecurity Framework To Cover All Industries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce agency that developed a landmark cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure operators announced Monday that it had finalized a long-anticipated update, aimed at helping all industry sectors and organizations, to a voluntary tool to better manage cyber risks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Consumers Face Big Setback In £10B Mastercard Class Action

    Britain's antitrust court dealt a blow to consumers Monday in a £10 billion ($12.68 billion) class action over Mastercard's fees by ruling that the credit card titan's European interchange fees didn't influence its domestic rate in the United Kingdom.

  • February 26, 2024

    Bayer Beats Flintstone Vitamin Buyers' Cert. Bid, For Now

    A California federal judge has refused to certify a class of consumers claiming that Bayer's Flintstones multivitamin gummies are falsely labeled as "complete," ruling that their named plaintiff isn't an adequate class representative, but giving consumers a chance to select a new named plaintiff and try again.

  • February 26, 2024

    NC Health Data Breach Class Deal Gets Preliminary OK

    A North Carolina state judge has preliminarily approved a settlement resolving a class action against an orthopedic practice over a data breach that compromised sensitive personal information and medical records of current and former patients.

  • February 26, 2024

    FDIC Faces Staffing Crunch Amid Rising Turnover, IG Warns

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is struggling to hire enough new employees to keep up with retirements and departures, especially in its examinations department, according to a report from the independent agency's inspector general.

  • February 26, 2024

    Apple Antitrust Class Action Gets Early 2026 Trial Date

    A California federal judge on Monday set trial in a high-stakes consumer class action antitrust fight over Apple's App Store policies for February 2026, but refused to weigh in on Apple's request to pause certain discovery while the tech giant appeals the judge's recent class certification decision.

  • February 26, 2024

    Nestle Fights Class Cert. In Child Labor Labeling Suit

    Nestle USA Inc. urged a California federal judge on Friday to reject a shopper's bid to certify multiple classes of Golden State consumers challenging the company's "sustainably sourced" chocolate labels, arguing that the proposed classes can't "lump together" nearly 60 different labels on different products.

  • February 26, 2024

    Don't Nix Cash App Referral Text Suit, Consumer Says

    Cellphone users alleging mobile payment service Cash App bombarded them with "annoying and harassing spam texts" have told a Seattle federal judge that Cash App's parent company shouldn't be allowed to escape their suit, pointing to recent and "nearly identical" claims against trading app Robinhood that survived a dismissal bid and subsequently settled for a proposed $9 million.

  • February 26, 2024

    Protect 'Cellular V2X' Technology In Cars, Group Urges Feds

    Federal Communications Commission rules need to make sure unlicensed signals don't interfere with the nascent cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, which allows cars to communicate with their environments, a trade group emphasized in a recent letter to the FCC.

  • February 26, 2024

    'Pig Butchering' Victim Slaps Binance, Ex-CEO With RICO Suit

    Binance and the cryptocurrency exchange's former CEO let criminal syndicates run fraud schemes through its platform by flouting laws against money laundering and money transmitting, according to an $8.1 million civil racketeering suit filed in Boston federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    NC Hospital's Weak Data Security Led To Breach, Suit Says

    A patient filed a proposed class action in North Carolina's business court alleging a hospital system's inadequate data security resulted in a breach that allowed hackers to access private personal and health information.

  • February 26, 2024

    Western Union Sued For Interest It Earns On Failed Transfers

    Financial services company Western Union has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the company can't lawfully earn interest from money transfers that don't make it to their recipient.

  • February 26, 2024

    FCC OKs Frequency Coordination Tech For 6 GHz Band

    The Federal Communications Commission is approving a group of applications for automated frequency coordination systems to allow unlicensed, standard power Wi-Fi devices on the 6 gigahertz band, saying the systems showed through rigorous testing that they can use the band without causing harmful interference to incumbent users.

  • February 26, 2024

    Timeshare Settlement Can't Stop Additional Consumer Suit

    A Washington marketing firm must face negligent misrepresentation and consumer protection claims over links to a timeshare-exit company, according to a Washington federal judge who ruled that a group of consumers seeking refunds are not barred from suing because of a settlement in another case.

  • February 26, 2024

    FCC Tells Reps. Starlink RDOF Application Was Insufficient

    The Federal Communications Commission recently told members of Congress that the agency rejected satellite company Starlink's long-form application for about $885 million in rural broadband development subsidies because the company's plan indicated it had trouble meeting speed standards, among other reasons.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wells Fargo Reset Foreclosure Timeline, Texas Justices Rule

    Texas law allows Wells Fargo NA to reset a deadline for property foreclosure by simultaneously dropping a demand for full repayment of a defaulted loan and issuing a new one, the state high court has ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    Energizer Zaps Most Portable-Charger False Ad Claims

    An Illinois federal judge has trimmed the bulk of a proposed class action alleging Energizer Brands misled customers as to the number of times its power banks can charge smartphones, saying further testing is needed to substantiate allegations the chargers don't perform as advertised.

  • February 26, 2024

    Meta Drops Data Scraping Fight Against Israeli Co.

    Meta told a California federal judge Friday it's agreed to drop its remaining claim in litigation alleging Israeli company Bright Data unlawfully scrapes user data from Meta's social media platforms to sell to third parties, and Meta also agreed to waive its right to appeal its recent partial summary judgment loss.

  • February 26, 2024

    Wells Fargo Rate-Lock Extension Fee Suit Tossed, For Now

    A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a Wells Fargo customer's proposed class action seeking disgorgement of "billions" of dollars that the plaintiff alleged the bank earned by charging certain mortgage fees it later refunded, concluding the lawsuit failed to make specific factual allegations of wrongdoing.

  • February 26, 2024

    Prosecutors Ask NC Justices To Enforce Ban On MV Realty

    Prosecutors told the North Carolina Supreme Court on Monday that MV Realty is trying to dodge the state's efforts to put it out of business, first with a bankruptcy filing and then by asking the court last week to overturn a decision blocking the company's operations in the state.

  • February 26, 2024

    Lyft Can't Escape Claims Its Driver Failed To Protect Teenager

    A Connecticut federal judge won't let Lyft out of a suit alleging one of its drivers drove a 14-year-old out of state to a location where she was sexually abused, saying the girl's family is allowed to amend its complaint.

Expert Analysis

  • Setting The Stage For High Court BofA Escrow Interest Case

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    Dori Bailey and Curtis Johnson at Bond Schoeneck examine relevant legislation and case law dating back 200 years ahead of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in Cantero v. Bank of America, the outcome of which will determine whether state laws governing mortgage escrow accounts can be enforced against national banks.

  • What To Know About OCC Proposals For Bank Merger Review

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's proposed changes to the agency's bank merger review process could exacerbate industry concerns with long and unpredictable processing periods because the proposal is ambiguous with respect to how the OCC will view certain transactions, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • Using Arbitration And Class Waivers As Privacy Suit Tools

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    Amid a surge in data breach class actions over the last few years, several federal court decisions indicate that arbitration clauses and class action waiver provisions can be possible alternatives to public court battles and potentially reduce the costs of privacy litigation, say Mark Olthoff and Courtney Klaus at Polsinelli.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Predicting DeFi Regulations At Home And Abroad In 2024

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    Though decentralized finance has advocates on both sides of the Atlantic in figures like U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, DeFi in 2024 seems likely to be folded into existing regulatory frameworks in the U.K. and EU, while anti-crypto scrutiny may discourage DeFi’s growth in the U.S., say Daniel Csefalvay and Eric Martin at BCLP.

  • Retailers Must Be Mindful Of Sale Ads As Class Actions Rise

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    A recent uptick in class actions filed against retailers over a breadth of allegedly deceptive pricing practices — including misleading reference prices for sales and discounts offered on a perpetual basis — show no sign of slowing down, indicating that class counsel are laser-focused on challenging advertising strategies, say Louis DiLorenzo and Paavana Kumar at Davis+Gilbert.

  • NY's Revamped Card Surcharge Ban Is Unique Among States

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    Newly revised New York legislation bolsters the state's ban on credit card surcharges, potentially reinvigorating similar laws across the country despite the fact that many of them have been ruled unconstitutional, say Tom Witherspoon and Audrey Carroll at Stinson.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's On The Horizon In Attorney General Enforcement

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    A look at recent attorney general actions, especially in the areas of antitrust and artificial intelligence, can help inform businesses on what they should expect in terms of enforcement trends as 10 attorney general races play out in 2024, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Considering The Logical Extremes Of Your Legal Argument

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    Recent oral arguments in the federal election interference case against former President Donald Trump highlighted the age-old technique of extending an argument to its logical limit — a principle that is still important for attorneys to consider in preparing their cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Reducing The Risk Of PFAS False Advertising Class Actions

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    A wave of class actions continues to pummel products that allegedly contain per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances, with plaintiffs challenging advertising that they say misleads consumers by implying an absence of PFAS — but there are steps companies can take to minimize risk, say attorneys at Keller and Heckman.

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