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Nationstar defeats racketeering lawsuit over home insurance costs

Aug 16 2019

Nationstar Mortgage has defeated a racketeering lawsuit accusing it of inflating premiums for property insurance that mortgage borrowers were forced to buy when their own policies lapsed by adding in the costs of improper kickbacks.

Judge greenlights antique dealers' lawsuit over N.Y. state ivory ban

Aug 15 2019

A federal judge in Manhattan has declined to dismiss a lawsuit by two antique dealers' trade groups challenging a 2014 New York state law making it a felony to sell or trade ivory in the state.

Judge dumps sugar complaint against General Mills' 'healthy' cereals

Aug 14 2019

A federal judge in California has tossed a proposed class action accusing General Mills of deceptively labeling sugar-laden cereals as healthy when their added sugar increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Judge tosses class action over BoA's 'unreasonable' stop-payment fees

Aug 14 2019

A federal judge in San Jose has dismissed most of a proposed nationwide class action accusing Bank of America of wrongly charging fees to stop electronic payments, ruling that federal law does not restrict the stop-payment fees banks can charge.

Judge greenlights housing discrimination claims against Fannie Mae

Aug 13 2019

Twenty-one fair housing groups can proceed with claims that housing finance giant Fannie Mae purposely failed to do basic maintenance on foreclosed properties in minority neighborhoods nationwide after the 2008 housing crisis, a federal judge ruled.

7th Circuit rules against Indiana health club that jailed delinquent customer

Aug 13 2019

An Indiana health club is responsible for the actions of its debt collection lawyers who had one of the club's customers arrested and jailed for not paying debt that had been canceled in bankruptcy, a federal appeals court ruled.

Bar code on debt collection letter violates federal law -3rd Circuit

Aug 12 2019

New Jersey debt collector MRS BPO is liable for violating the U.S. Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by sending a letter to a Pennsylvania woman with her account number publicly displayed in a bar code, a federal appeals court ruled. In a unanimous decision on Monday, a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that MRS had invaded the privacy of Pennsylvania consumer Donna DiNaples because the code could be read by anyone who downloaded a readily available scanning application on a smart phone.

Despite ‘for sale’ signs, judge rejects cybersquatting claims against internet pioneer

Aug 12 2019

A California internet pioneer and founder of an internet marketing company does not have to relinquish his online domain name imi.com to an Indiana materials company known as IMI, a federal judge in San Jose has ruled.

EXPLAINER: Why financial watchdog CRPB's fate is in 5th Circuit's hands

Aug 09 2019

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a decision that could create a circuit split and add impetus for a U.S. Supreme Court review of the bureau's legal status.

Lawsuit says Wells Fargo infringing mobile check imaging patents

Aug 08 2019

A Massachusetts business consulting firm has filed suit against Wells Fargo & Co alleging that the bank's mobile checking application infringes on two of the consulting firm's patents for capturing check images and transmitting them.

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