Banking Law: June 2019 Archives

United States District Courts Reach Differing Conclusions on Definition of Automated Telephone Dialing System

The United States District Courts for the District of Massachusetts and the Northern District of Illinois recently reached different conclusions on the definition of an Automated Telephone Dialing System ("ADTS"), reinforcing a split of authority among courts across the country on the definition of such a system under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227(a)(1).  The TCPA's definition of an ADTS is "Equipment that has the capacity - (A) to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator, and (B) to dial such numbers."

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Survives Attack on Constitutionality...For Now?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), established with the purpose of "ensuring that all consumers have access to markets for consumer financial products and services and that markets for consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent, and competitive,"has been in the news quite a bit of late.  The Trump administration is considering an overhaul of the rules limiting bank overdraft fees, the head of enforcement at the CFPB, Eric Blankenstein, resigned amid scandal, and the United States House of Representatives passed a bill to reverse certain actions undertaken by the current administration to loosen bank oversight, to name just a few matters in the press.  Amid all that activity, the CFPB quietly defeated a challenge to its constitutionality in the courts...for now.

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