The Biden Administration’s “Junk Fees” Initiative Continues: What the Latest Actions Mean for the Consumer Financial Services and Rental Housing Industries, Part I

December 7, 2023
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This two-part podcast repurposes our most recent webinar on the latest salvo of actions in the Biden Administration’s initiative directed at combatting so-called “junk fees.” Launched in January 2022, the initiative shows no signs of abating. In Part I, we first review the background of the initiative, the range of fees the Administration has labeled “junk fees,” and discuss the Administration’s focus on competition and its related guidance and directives to federal agencies. We then take a close look at the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule to regulate “junk fees,” including the rationale for the FTC’s decision to engage in rulemaking, the price and fee disclosures that would be required by the proposal, and how an FTC “junk fees” rule could be used in support of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau actions targeting “junk fees.” We conclude with a discussion of the impact of the Administration’s initiative and FTC proposal on “junk fees” related to rental housing.

Alan Kaplinsky, Senior Counsel in Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group, moderates the discussion, joined by John Culhane and Reid Herlihy, Partners in the Group, Michael Gordon and Kristen Larson, Of Counsel in the Group, and Roger Winston, a Partner in the firm and Leader of its Mixed-Use, Condominium, and Multifamily Development Team.

View the recording transcript here. 

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