• 03.14.19

    Musical.ly Sings New Tune With $5.7M FTC Settlement

    The Federal Trade Commission announced the largest civil penalty obtained in a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) case, in a $5.7 million settlement with video social network app TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly.

  • 03.14.19

    Fake Reviews, Real FTC Action

    In the first case challenging a marketer’s use of fake paid reviews on an independent retail site, the Federal Trade Commission settled with Cure Encapsulations, Inc., and its owner over dozens of phony product reviews posted on Amazon.  

  • 03.14.19

    CCPA Revisions and Federal Proposals: The Latest in Privacy News

    As federal lawmakers debate the possibility of a national privacy law, California legislators are considering a new bill that would amend the state’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) with a broader private right of action and remove the right to cure deficiencies.

  • 03.14.19

    FTC Sues Over Negative Option, ‘Free Trial’ Plans

    Adding to a series of actions challenging online “free trial” offers that involve negative option plans, the Federal Trade Commission announced a new lawsuit against a Puerto Rico-based defendant and his companies.

  • 03.13.19

    Deal Final in FTC’s Action Against Online Lender

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized its deal with SoFi, an online lender that the agency had accused of making false statements about student loan refinancing.

  • 03.13.19

    From Fintech Charters to Sandboxes

    Financial technology news includes the continuing battle over the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) plan to issue special-purpose national bank (“fintech”) charters, with the agency seeking to dismiss lawsuits by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and ...

  • 03.13.19

    Credit Unions Push DOJ for ADA Guidance

    Financial institutions need help, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) told newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide clear guidance on how it believes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to website accessibility.

  • 03.13.19

    CFPB News: Kraninger Testifies, Interagency Deals and Other Musings

    It has been another eventful news cycle for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau), as its new director, Kathy Kraninger, appeared before the House Financial Services Committee, facing tough questions about her leadership.

  • 03.13.19

    RESPA New Private Actions? Massachusetts OKs NOE Error Suit

    Just a limited set of Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) claims allow for private rights of action, but the list might be growing larger.

  • 03.07.19

    ‘The Carlton’ Dances Its Way Out of Copyright Protection

    As the lawsuits pile up against video game phenomenon Fortnite, one of the plaintiffs has lost his effort to copyright “The Carlton” dance as the basis of his action.