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9th Cir. Holds Single Website Visit Not Enough To Activate Change in Terms

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s order compelling arbitration, holding that a single website visit by a consumer long after she entered into a contract with a credit reporting agency (CRA) that contained a change-of-terms provision did not bind the parties to changed terms in the updated contract, including exempting some claims from binding arbitration, because the consumer did not allege that she was aware of the changed terms as required to assent to the new terms.  

Consumer Data Rulemaking Underway at CFPB: Here Are Four Things Your Company Should Know Plus a Webinar

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on Oct. 22, seeking comment on 46 questions in nine categories surrounding consumer access to financial information under section 1033 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act (15 U.S.C. § 5533).

7th Cir. Rejects FDCPA Claims That Collection Letters Falsely Implied Future Interest and Late Fees

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that factually accurate collection letters that did not make explicit or implicit suggestion about future outcomes did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act as they would not confuse or mislead the reasonable unsophisticated consumer.

11th Cir. Holds Debtor Cannot Use State Law to Revive Time-Barred FDCPA Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed a trial court order dismissing a consumer’s lawsuit holding that Georgia’s renewal statute, O.C.G.A. § 9-2- 61, did not save a claim that is otherwise time-barred under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

California Enacts HIPAA-Conforming Amendments to CCPA; Extends B2B and Employment Exemptions  

Assembly Bill 713 was approved by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 25, 2020, at which time its provisions went into effect.  The legislation amends the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in part by addressing certain issues related to de-identified patient information.

11th Cir. Holds Class Representative ‘Incentive Awards’ Prohibited by SCOTUS Precedent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently reversed and partially vacated approval of a class representative’s incentive award, remanding the case to the trial court to adequately explain its fee award, its denial of a class member’s objections, and its approval of the class settlement. 

Illinois App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Description of Property Improvements in Notice of Foreclosure Sale Was Sufficient

The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed a trial court order confirming the sale of a foreclosed property, holding that a public notice of sale stating that the property contained a “single family residence” complied with the Illinois Foreclosure Law’s requirement to sufficiently describe “improvements on the real estate.” 

Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Rules Arbitration Clause Invalid Due to Prohibition on Injunctive Relief

The Court of Appeals of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that an arbitration provision contained in a credit card agreement was unenforceable because it sought to bar a customer from pursuing “in any forum” his claim for a public injunction.