Archive for Consumer Financial Services Law

SCOTUS Rules State Credit Card Anti-Surcharge Law Regulates Speech, Not Conduct

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that a state law penalizing merchants for charging a surcharge for credit card payments did not restrict the amount that a store could collect when a buyer paid by credit card (i.e., a regulation on conduct). Instead, the Court held that the state statute regulated how

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7th Cir. Reverses Class Cert, Dismisses Lawsuit for Lack of Standing Under Spokeo

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s grant of class certification and remanded the case with instructions to dismiss the case with prejudice because the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue, having shown no injury in fact as required under Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. A copy of the opinion

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Indiana Supreme Court Holds Out-of-State Consumer Attorneys Not Exempt from Indiana Consumer Protection Statutes

In an action brought by the Indiana Attorney General against a Florida-based foreclosure defense law firm and its owner-officer, the Supreme Court of Indiana recently held that none of the defendants were expressly or impliedly exempt from liability under four Indiana state consumer protection statutes. A copy of the opinion in Consumer Attorney Services, PA

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8th Cir. Confirms Doc Prep Fees Violate Missouri UPL Statute, Upholds Application to Out-of-State Class Members Due to Choice-of-Law Provision

In a “doc prep fee UPL” class action, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s rulings as to class certification and application of a choice-of-law provision on a class-wide basis. In so ruling, the Court also reversed and remanded the lower court’s determination that the attorney’s fees for

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CFPB Issues Outline of Possible Debt Collection Rules

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an outline of its proposals for rules under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The FDCPA regulates the practices of debt collectors, primarily persons who collect consumer debt on behalf of others and sometimes persons who purchase defaulted consumer debts. The CFPB’s outline displays its intention to

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Consumer Financial Services Conference Set for Sept. 15-16, Early Registration Ends July 30

July 26, 2016 — The Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference organized by The Conference on Consumer Finance Law will be held Sept. 15-16 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The early registration discount ends July 30. The conference will include presentations on the latest developments in consumer financial services law, including mortgage lending and

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Maurice Wutscher Opens Atlanta Office, Adds Attorney D. Sharmin Arefin

National financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has opened a new office in Atlanta, hiring financial services attorney D. Sharmin Arefin to lead the firm’s Georgia litigation and regulatory compliance matters. Arefin will practice in the firm’s Consumer Credit Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, Employment Litigation, and Commercial Litigation groups. She joins Maurice Wutscher’s skilled team

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Panel of Attorneys to Discuss Consumer Finance Class Actions, Gillie, Spokeo SCOTUS Cases in CLE Webinar

Join me on June 2 for a live webinar when I will be among a panel of plaintiff and defense attorneys discussing developments and trends in consumer finance class actions, including the Gillie and Spokeo U.S. Supreme Court cases. During the webinar, we will present effective strategies and approaches for pursuing or defending claims alleging violations of

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Maurice Wutscher Expands Austin Office, Adds Attorney Keith Wier

National financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has expanded its Austin office, adding consumer financial services attorney Keith Wier. Wier will practice in the firm’s Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Credit Litigation and Regulatory Compliance groups. He joins Maurice Wutscher’s skilled team of litigators who specialize in appellate matters, business formation and transactions, class action litigation,

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Consumer Financial Services Conference Slated for Sept. 15-16 in Chicago

The Annual Consumer Financial Services Conference organized by The Conference on Consumer Finance Law will be held Sept. 15-16 at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The conference will include presentations on the latest developments in consumer financial services law, including mortgage lending and servicing, bankruptcy and debt collection. Twelve CLE credits will be provided,

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Maurice Wutscher Opens Birmingham Office, Adds Attorney Brent Yarborough

National financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has opened a new office in Birmingham, hiring financial services attorney Brent Yarborough to lead the firm’s Alabama litigation matters. Yarborough will practice in the firm’s Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Credit Litigation and Regulatory Compliance groups. He joins Maurice Wutscher’s skilled team of litigators who specialize in

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1st Cir. Holds ‘Fairly Conducted’ Sale of Collateral Not Necessarily ‘Commercially Reasonable’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that a genuine dispute of material fact precluded summary judgment on the issue of whether the sale of collateral was “commercially reasonable,” even though there was no evidence that the sale was not “fairly conducted.” A copy of the opinion in Harley-Davidson Credit Corp. v.

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