In a matter of first impression, the Fifth Circuit upheld a dismissal by the Northern District of Texas holding that a lender cannot be held vicariously liable for a loan servicer’s purported violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). In upholding the decision, the Court held that the borrower failed to plead an

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a plaintiff must have a concrete injury to sue for FCRA violations. Following Spokeo’s remand, courts have held that consumers have standing to sue if their reports are inaccurate even if an inaccuracy did not adversely affect them.

In Spokeo,

Also By Robert T. Szyba, and Ephraim J. Pierre

Seyfarth Synopsis: In deciding Spokeo v. Robins, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that plaintiffs seeking to establish that they have standing to sue must show “an invasion of a legally protected interest” that is particularized and concrete — that is, the injury “must actually

By:  Robert Milligan and D. Joshua Salinas

California’s Auto-Renewal Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17600 et seq.) has given rise to a recent torrent of new lawsuits in California, many brought on a putative class action basis, targeting businesses that offer subscription based goods or services to California consumers. With few published

WebinarOn Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Central, Jason P. Stiehl, Giovanna A. Ferrari and Jordan P. Vick will present the first installment of the 2015 Class Action Webinar series. They will provide a summary of key decisions from 2014, identify key trends for companies to watch for in 2015, as well as practical

CFPBOne of the largest issues to loom over the class action battlefield in the past decade has been the use of arbitration clauses in consumer contractual relationships.  As many know, and as discussed in our sister blog, Workplace Class Action Blog, the United States Supreme Court’s seminal 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion

The push to restrict collection of old debts is gaining steam.  On March 11, 2014, the Seventh Circuit reversed dismissals of two federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims that challenged dunning letters offering to “settle” debts that were subject to a statute of limitations defense.  Although the court made clear that it is

On Friday, December 13th, a Brooklyn federal judge approved a $7.25 billion settlement of an eight-year-old antitrust class action brought against Visa and MasterCard for an alleged conspiracy to fix credit card swipe fees.  In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, No. 05-MD-1720 (JG)(JO) (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2013, R. 6124).

On June 17, 2013, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., which will address whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq. (FHA)

Background Facts and Lower Court History

Mount Holly involves a

California Penal Code section 632.7 imposes criminal liability and, pursuant to Penal Code section 637.2, civil liability upon persons who intercept or receive a communication involving a cellular or cordless telephone and record the communication without consent.  The section and its sister provision, Penal Code section 632, are popular among class action plaintiffs in California