The current session of the New York legislature adjourned on June 10, 2023 without any action on two bills (A. 7138 and S. 795) that would make sweeping changes to the provisions of the state’s general business law (Section 349) dealing with deceptive practices. In addition to creating a new private right of action, the bills would greatly expand the powers of the New York attorney general. … Continue Reading
At her first FTC meeting earlier this month, newly-confirmed FTC Chair Lina Khan moved, and the Commission approved (by a 3-2 vote), changes to the FTC’s rulemaking process. The changes could assist the efforts of Democratic FTC Commissioners to further White House policy goals and lead to new UDAP rules.
Pursuant to the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, instead of using the Administrative Procedure Act rulemaking process, the FTC must follow specific procedures for the promulgation of trade regulation rules under Section 18 of the FTC Act. … Continue Reading
The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it settled an action it filed against AppFolio, Inc. (“AppFolio”), regarding alleged unfair or deceptive acts or practices, in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, and violations of multiple provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C.… Continue Reading
After looking at how the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath might inform regulators’ response to the pandemic, we discuss how collections, loss mitigation/hardship programs, and originations of existing products and new programs designed to assist pandemic-impacted consumers (including changes to credit risk/fraud models to address the pandemic’s effects) can create UDAP and fair lending risk.… Continue Reading
On July 26, 2018, the Federal Reserve Board (“FRB“) announced the launch of the “Consumer Compliance Supervision Bulletin” (the “Bulletin“) and simultaneously published its first issue. Aimed at “senior executives in banking organizations,” the Bulletin is published by the FRB’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs with the intent to provide high-level summaries of various consumer protection issues and to enhance the transparency of the Federal Reserve’s consumer compliance supervisory program. … Continue Reading
On September 15, 2011, Raj Date delivered a speech in Philadelphia entitled “Lessons Learned From the Financial Crisis: the Need for the CFPB.” Although the speech was, in some part, an effort to validate the need for the CFPB in the first place, Mr. Date’s remarks present interesting clues about the CFPB’s early priorities with regard to rulemaking, supervision, and enforcement. … Continue Reading