Yellowstone Capital, FTC Lawsuit Results in Settlement
The lawsuit filed by the FTC against Yellowstone Capital et al has resulted in a settlement. The defendants agreed to pay $9,837,000 for the matter to be resolved.
As part of it, the defendants did not admit or deny the allegations of the complaint. They also agreed to have the FTC monitor their compliance with the agreement for varying but long periods of time.
Aside from the cost, the FTC made its point in two areas, the requirement that the defendants comply with a specific system of customer disclosure and that they not debit or cause withdrawals to be made from any customer’s bank account without the customer’s express informed consent. On the former, they must (roughly speaking) disclose clearly and conspicuously the amount and timing of any fees, the specific amount a customer will receive at the time of funding, and the total amount customers will repay.
The announcement coincides with the Supreme Court decision that revoked the agency’s presumed authority to obtain restitution or disgorgement under Section 13(b), the basis that the FTC brought against Yellowstone Capital in August 2020.
The FTC signed and filed the agreement less than 24 hours before the SCOTUS decision.April 22, 2021
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