Our special guest is Malini Mithal, Associate Director of the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices.  In this episode, which repurposes a recent webinar, we review highlights of FTC regulatory and enforcement activity in 2023 directed at protecting consumers and small businesses and discuss what to expect from the FTC in 2024 and beyond.  After reviewing the FTC’s authority, we discuss important consent orders and enforcement litigation involving: alternate financing mechanisms such as cash advance apps and income share agreements; discriminatory financing and other discriminatory practices, including the FTC’s use of unfairness; small business financing such as merchant cash advances; telemarketing practices; crypocurrency; and use of dark patterns.  Throughout the discussion, Ms. Mithal offers compliance tips and takeaways from the consent orders and enforcement litigation.  We also look at the FTC’s final CARS rule, proposed junk fees rule, and artificial intelligence-related initiatives.

Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, leads the discussion, joined by John Culhane, a partner in the Group.

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