Federal Consumer Protection News: July 2022

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency fined Bank of America a combined $225 million for failing to disburse state unemployment benefits at the height of the pandemic. Bank of America automatically and unlawfully froze people’s accounts with a faulty fraud detection…

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Attorney General Consumer Protection News: July 2022

Multistate Actions The bipartisan opioids executive committee of 12 attorneys general announced $6.6 billion in agreements in principle with opioid makers Allergan and Teva. Teva purchased Allergan’s opioid products and generic portfolio in 2016. The attorneys general stated that both settlements remain contingent on resolution of key issues involving settlement structure and changes in business…

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Vigilance and Collaboration: The Continued Battle to Eliminate Robocalls

Vigilance and collaboration to combat illegal robocalls and protect consumers was the unofficial theme of the recent 2022 Robocall Summit in Detroit. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost joined NAAG in bringing together staff from Attorney General Offices, federal agencies, industry groups, and others to discuss education, enforcement tools and…

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Consumer Chief of the Month: David McDowell, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office

I joined the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in August of 2016, after ten years of private practice in Nashville.  Earlier that year, on a dark and stormy night, my car had broken down on the edge of town.  I walked to a roadside bar to wait for a tow truck, where I ended up shooting…

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Survey of Recent Challenges to Federal Agencies’ Enforcement Powers and Potential Impacts on Consumer Protection

Introduction 1 In recent years, courts have decided several cases involving both the substance and timing of constitutional challenges to federal agency enforcement proceedings. Because the Supreme Court’s decision in AMG Capital v. FTC, 2 curtailing the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) enforcement abilities, has caused the FTC to increasingly rely upon administrative enforcement actions, any…

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Consumer Chief of the Month: Jason Evans, Michigan Attorney General’s Office

I joined the Michigan Department of Attorney General in 2005, after spending two years in private practice.  Initially, I worked in our Public Employment, Elections & Tort Division, focusing on employment law cases and tort defense work.  This assignment provided me with significant civil litigation experience.  I represented multiple state agencies in state and federal…

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Attorney General Consumer Protection News: June 2022

Multistate Actions Led by Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, 46 Attorneys General obtained a $1.25 multistate settlement with Carnival Cruise Line stemming from a 2019 data breach. Led by Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares a bipartisan group of…

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Federal Consumer Protection News: June 2022

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an advisory opinion affirming that federal law often prohibits debt collectors from charging “pay-to-pay” fees. These charges, commonly described by debt collectors as “convenience fees,” are imposed on consumers who want to make a payment in a particular way, such as online or by…

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New Jersey Issues Guidelines for Retailers on Gift Card Fraud

Gift card scams have cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years, and the reported losses continue to rise. To protect New Jersey consumers from this increasingly common form of fraud, the Division of Consumer Affairs has issued guidelines requiring retailers that display gift cards for sale to train their employees to recognize…

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Attorney General Consumer Protection News: May 2022

Discover the latest consumer protection updates from your state or territory attorney general from May 2022.

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