In the News Today - March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Unchecked Lawsuit Lending Is a “Stain” on New York’s Reputation: In an opinion piece, Thurbert Baker and Tom Stebbins write that “New York desperately needs to pass legislation to apply existing consumer protection laws” to lawsuit lenders. Last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a complaint against a lawsuit cash advance firm for allegedly engaging in predatory lending practices. “The Assembly should follow Schneiderman’s lead, [and] regulate lawsuit loans.” (Times Union)

Law Firm Attempts Class Action Over Tesla Self-Driving Claims: Law firm Hagens Berman is “attempting to start a class action against Tesla” claiming that Tesla marketed its vehicle as having “Full Self-Driving” and that those claims “now appear to be false.” The firm has been “paying for targeted advertising with potential Tesla owners to bring them on a page pitching the class action.” (Electrek)

Senate Votes to Undo FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) aimed at dismantling privacy rules “greenlighted by the FCC in October that require internet service providers to obtain opt-in consent to use and share information labeled sensitive.” (Law360)