On February 20, 2024, Director Samuel Levine of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection (Bureau) issued a statement promoting the use and acceptance of tolling agreements. Tolling agreements pause the running of statutes of limitations, permitting enforcement agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to file an enforcement action against a party after the deadline otherwise established by the applicable statute.… Continue Reading

After nearly a decade of litigation, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has approved the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s $6.0 million settlement of class claims of alleged discrimination by the CFPB against 85 Black and Hispanic employees. The class consists of all “minority employees and women who work or worked as Consumer Response Specialists and have been subjected to and harmed by the Bureau’s agency-wide pattern or practice of discrimination and retaliation and discriminatory policies and practices,” according to the complaint.… Continue Reading

Currently, California trial court proceedings are automatically stayed when a party appeals an order denying a motion to compel arbitration.  However, on October 10, 2023, Governor Newsom signed California Senate Bill No. 365 (SB365) into law.  

Effective January 1, 2024, SB365 will amend California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1294 to state that “the perfecting of such an appeal [of an order denying a motion to compel arbitration] shall not automatically stay any proceedings in the trial court during the pendency of the appeal.”… Continue Reading

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) have filed a joint amicus brief in which they urge the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reverse the decision of a New York federal court in Suluki v. Credit One Bank, NA. The agencies argue that the district court disregarded the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) requirement that a furnisher delete disputed information that it cannot verify. … Continue Reading

In FTC v. Credit Bureau Center, LLC, the Seventh Circuit recently held that Section 19 of the Federal Trade Commission Act does not allow the FTC to deposit excess funds awarded as restitution under Section 19 in the U.S. Treasury as disgorgement.

In the underlying action, the FTC alleged Credit Bureau Center, LLC (“CBC”) used “negative option features” on its websites which offered visitors a free credit report but automatically enrolled them in a $29.94 monthly membership subscription.… Continue Reading

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that an appeal of the denial of a motion to compel arbitration automatically stays lower court proceedings pending the outcome of the appeal.  The decision in Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski resolves a split between the Third, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C.… Continue Reading

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently modified its rules for conducting in-house administrative proceedings.  Administrative law judges (ALJs) will now issue recommended decisions that are automatically reviewed, rather than initial decisions that can be appealed.

Previously, ALJs issued initial decisions that would become final orders unless a party or agency intervened and sought review. … Continue Reading

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued advisory guidance on the enforcement of time-barred mortgage loans.  A time-barred mortgage loan is one where the statute of limitations has expired.  The statute of limitations for mortgage loans are typically created by state law, and vary by jurisdiction.  In some cases, they create an affirmative defense for the consumer that prohibits a debt collector from suing to collect the debt. … Continue Reading

On March 23, 2023, the CFPB filed a complaint and proposed judgment against Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC (“PRA”), one of the largest debt collectors in the United States.  If entered by the court, the proposed judgment would require PRA to pay $12.18 million to allegedly harmed consumers and $12 million to the CFPB as a civil penalty.… Continue Reading

On December 13, 2022, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment by a  California federal district court to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) in a civil enforcement action alleging that Armond Aria, the owner of Global Financial Support, Inc., mailed deceptive solicitations to current and prospective college students advertising a targeted program for assisting those students in applying for scholarships.  … Continue Reading