Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC Settles with Two Debt Collectors over Alleged FDCPA and FTC Act Violations

The debt collection industry continues to be a major focus of the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement efforts, as shown by the agency’s decision to simultaneously announce two settlements last week with Tennessee and New...more

8/13/2014 - Debt Debt Collection FDCPA FTC FTCA Popular

W.Va. Requires Time-Barred Debt Disclosures in ‘Initial Written Communication’

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed H.B. 4360, which amended Section 46A-2-128 of the West Virginia Code, that defines what constitutes unfair or unconscionable debt collection activities. The amendments are...more

4/17/2014 - Debt Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements UDAAP

The CFPB’s Debt Collection Complaint Report: Lots of Fury Signifying Nothing

Yesterday, the CFPB released its annual report on debt collection, along with a press release. The headline, according to the Bureau, is that “Consumers Report Being Hounded About Debts Not Owed,” and the Bureau reported that...more

3/24/2014 - CFPB Debt Collection

Collection Letter Requiring Written Dispute Violated FDCPA, Fourth Circuit Holds

A collection letter violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it stated that the debtor could only dispute the debt in writing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled. The Fourth...more

2/7/2014 - Debt Collection FDCPA

Eleventh Circuit Considers Permissibility under FDCPA of Percentage-Based Debt Collection Fees

In a per curiam decision last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit suggested that percentage-based debt collection fees are permissible under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) if they are...more

1/7/2014 - Collection Agencies Contract Drafting Debt Buyers Debt Collection FDCPA Fees

New York DFS Seeks Stronger Court Rules for Default Judgments in Collection Actions

A proposal by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) would substantially drive up the costs of bringing consumer debt collection actions in the state. The DFS is seeking stronger court rules for obtaining default...more

10/25/2013 - Debt Collection Default Judgment Financial Services Authority

FTC Settles First Case Challenging Debt Collector’s Use of Text Messages

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled a case representing its first action challenging a debt collector’s use of text messages. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the defendant debt...more

10/4/2013 - Debt Collection FDCPA FTC TCPA Texting

New York Proposes Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has proposed new regulations that would impose significant disclosure and other requirements on persons engaged in the collection of consumer debts....more

8/13/2013 - Debt Debt Collection Disclosure Requirements FDCPA Proposed Regulation

OCC Signals Increased Agency Attention to Debt Sales

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has made clear that all national banks and federal savings associations can expect increased scrutiny of their debt sales practices, as well as supervisory guidance...more

7/19/2013 - Banks Debt Debt Collection OCC Sales

CFPB Targets Debt Collection in New UDAAP Bulletins, Complaint System, Consumer Action Letters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made clear that debt collection continues to be a major focus by issuing two new bulletins and five action letters for consumers to use when responding to debt collectors....more

7/11/2013 - CFPB Compliance Consumer Complaint System Debt Debt Collection Dodd-Frank FDCPA Harassment UDAAP

Collection Letter Requiring Written Dispute Violated FDCPA, Second Circuit Holds

A collection letter violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it stated that the debtor could only dispute the debt in writing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled....more

6/7/2013 - Debt Collection Debtors FDCPA Writing Requirement

CFPB Issues Second Annual Report on FDCPA Activities

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s second annual report to Congress on enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) confirms that debt collection will continue to be a major CFPB focus in 2013....more

3/27/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Dodd-Frank FDCPA FTC

Collection Letter Inviting Debtor To Call Toll-Free Number Violated FDCPA, Third Circuit Holds

A collection letter violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because its invitation to call a toll-free number could be read by the “least sophisticated debtor” to permit the debt to be effectively disputed by...more

3/14/2013 - Debt Collection Debtors FDCPA Notice Requirements

Sixth Circuit Rejects Nationwide Settlement of Robo-Signing Class Actions

A nationwide settlement of three class actions involving claims that a creditor’s practice of using “robo-signed” affidavits in debt collection actions violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has been...more

3/12/2013 - Class Action Debt Collection FDCPA Robo-Signing

FTC Continues To Target Debt Collectors and Debt Relief Companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s continuing focus on the debt collection and debt relief industries was clearly demonstrated by several recently announced lawsuits and settlements....more

2/11/2013 - CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors Debt Settlement Services Debt-Relief Industry FDCPA FTC Section 5 Telemarketing Sales Rule

FTC Issues Debt Buying Industry Study

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a report, The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry, which the FTC has described as “the first of its kind” empirical study of debt buyers. ...more

2/1/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Buyers Debt Collection FTC

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