A purported class action filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses Facebook of discriminating against women and individuals over 40 who were denied advertisements and information about certain financial services opportunities, including those for bank accounts, insurance, and investing.

According to the complaint, Facebook encourages financial services advertisers to target specific populations in order to reach the most “relevant” group and the “kinds of people” the businesses consider to be their “best customers.” … Continue Reading

Two recent Circuit Court opinions have significantly undermined the FTC’s powers under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTCA).  These pivotal decisions may ultimately require the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify Section 13(b)’s boundaries.

First, in FTC v. Shire Viropharma, Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that in order to file a suit under Section 13(b), the agency must include specific allegations that a defendant “is violating or about to violate” a law enforced by the FTC. … Continue Reading

On Wednesday, May 8, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a special forum exploring small business lending practices, regulations, and policies. The forum consisted of three panels: (1) Overview of the Small Business Financing Marketplace, (2) Case Study on Merchant Cash Advances, and (3) Consumer Protection Risks and the Path Ahead, along with the opening remarks of FTC Commissioner, Rohit Chopra, and closing remarks from FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, Andrew Smith.… Continue Reading

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)—the interagency body tasked with setting uniform principles and standards for the examination of financial institutions by federal regulators, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—has adopted a Policy Statement designed to streamline the information presented in examination reports (“ROE”). While the agencies represented by the FFIEC will make any individual adjustments deemed necessary for their existing ROE guidance, financial institutions should be aware of the new format outlined in the Policy Statement which sets forth minimum expectations for what should be included in all ROEs.… Continue Reading

Attorneys for defendants, U.S. Comptroller and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (together “the OCC”), in the pending Southern District of New York lawsuit, Vullo v. OCC, submitted a letter to the court announcing their intent to move to dismiss the complaint brought by New York’s Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services (“DFS”).… Continue Reading

In recent remarks, CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted, albeit passingly, the significant role debt collection activities play in the healthy maintenance of consumer credit markets.  “Responsible debt collectors that do their work with care and treat consumers with respect are a natural and even an essential part of the financial marketplace.”… Continue Reading