Utah and Virginia recently became the first two states to require the registration of providers of merchant cash advances.  The new laws also include disclosure requirements.  (Although laws requiring disclosures for merchant cash advances already exist in California and New York, those laws have not yet become effective.)

Utah.  Signed into law on

The FTC’s recent announcement that it has entered into a settlement with two of the defendants (RAM Capital Funding LLC and Tzvi Reich) in a lawsuit filed by the FTC against two merchant cash advance providers and three of their officers for alleged violations of the FTC Act serves as a reminder of the FTC’s

The FTC has provided its annual update to the CFPB on the FTC’s FDCPA activities.  The latest update covers the FTC’s 2020 activities.  In addition to remaining an FTC focus, unlawful debt collection practices have been identified as a CFPB priority by Acting Director Dave Uejio and Director-nominee Rohit Chopra.  In the letter, the FTC

The New Jersey Attorney General recently filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court against Yellowstone Capital LLC, its parent Fundry.US LLC, and various Yellowstone subsidiaries and affiliates alleging that the defendants violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and the New Jersey Regulations Governing General Advertising (Advertising Regulations) in connection with marketing and

A New York federal district court has denied the motion filed by two merchant cash advance providers and their chief executive officer and president to dismiss the FTC’s lawsuit alleging they engaged in unfair and deceptive conduct in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act.

The court’s order stated only the following: “Motion denied

The FTC’s recently-filed lawsuit against two merchant cash advance providers and their chief executive officer and president for alleged unfair and deceptive conduct in violation of the FTC Act serves both as an illustration of the FTC’s focus on small business financing and a reminder of the FTC Act’s application to business-to-business activity.

The FTC

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