John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Second Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Require Disclosure of Settlement’s Tax Consequences

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) does not require a debt collector to disclose the possible tax consequences of a debtor’s acceptance of a...more

5/26/2015 - Appeals Debt Collectors FDCPA Income Taxes

U.S. Dept. of Education proposes new restrictions on campus financial products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/22/2015 - Colleges Consumer Financial Contracts Consumer Financial Products Department of Education Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

U.S. Department of Education Proposes New Restrictions on Campus Financial Products

The U.S. Department of Education has issued proposed revisions to its Title IV Higher Education Act (HEA) cash management rules that include significant new restrictions on financial products used to disburse credit balance...more

5/21/2015 - Colleges Consumer Lenders Department of Education Financial Aid Higher Education Act Proposed Amendments Students Universities

Ninth Circuit Rules FDCPA and California Law Do Not Prohibit Collection Letter Seeking Prejudgment Interest

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a debt collection letter seeking prejudgment interest on the debt did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) or California’s Rosenthal...more

5/20/2015 - Appeals Debt Collection FDCPA Prejudgment Interest

The CFPB Announces Final Diversity Standards under Dodd-Frank Section 342 Are Completed

On April 29, 2015, the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its third Annual Report for 2014, as mandated by Section 342(e) of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

5/6/2015 - CFPB Diversity Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors OMWI

CFPB to hold May 14 field hearing on student debt

The CFPB has announced that on May 14, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Milwaukee on student debt. Similar to other field hearings, Director Cordray will give remarks and witnesses will include members of consumer...more

4/30/2015 - Administrative Hearings CFPB Consumer Lenders Student Loans Students

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

4/29/2015 - FTC Mobile Devices Mobile Privacy Privacy Policy Retailers Settlement Web Tracking

U.S. Supreme Court To Decide If Statutory Damages Are Recoverable Even Without Any Actual Harm

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an important case that will decide whether a plaintiff who cannot show any actual harm from a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nevertheless has standing under Article...more

4/28/2015 - Article III FCRA Imminent Harm Putative Class Actions SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing Statutory Damages

Rule Expanding Military Lending Act Protections In Limbo

The Department of Defense's (DoD) proposed rule to revise and expand the coverage of its rule implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA) may be put on hold. The House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee for Military...more

4/27/2015 - DOD Military Lending Act Military Service Members NDAA Proposed Amendments

Cordray remarks signal continued CFPB attention to student loan servicing and campus financial products

Student loan servicers and providers of campus financial product were the focus of remarks given yesterday by Director Cordray at the Ohio College Presidents’ Conference. Director Cordray stated that the CFPB estimates that...more

4/24/2015 - CFPB Colleges Consumer Financial Products Loan Servicing Richard Cordray Student Loans Universities

U.S. Department of Education Fines College for Job Placement Rate Disclosure Violations

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to fine a college more than $29 million for allegedly misrepresenting job placement rates and failing to comply with federal placement rate disclosure requirements. The...more

4/21/2015 - Administrative Fines Colleges Department of Education Disclosure Requirements Heald College Misrepresentation Title IV

Washington State AG Sues Student Loan Debt Adjustment Firm

The Washington State Attorney General recently filed an action in state court against a student loan debt adjustment firm and its individual principal alleging that the firm charged illegal fees and failed to provide required...more

4/16/2015 - Attorney Generals Consumer Protection Act Debt-Relief Industry Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions Student Loans Transaction Fees

Third Circuit Rules FDCPA Claims Can Be Based on Foreclosure Complaints

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that foreclosure complaints can be the basis of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims. This decision continues the Third Circuit's expansive...more

4/10/2015 - Appeals Attorney's Fees FDCPA Fees Foreclosure Mortgage Lenders Mortgages Putative Class Actions

Plaintiff Must Show Defendant’s Knowledge of TCPA Violation To Get Treble Damages, 11th Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that a plaintiff must show that the defendant knew its conduct violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to establish a willful or knowing TCPA violation....more

4/7/2015 - Appeals Popular TCPA Treble Damages Willful Violations

Federal Financial Regulators Offer Advice To Address Malware, Compromised Credentials

In its recent press release, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued two statements reiterating financial institutions' obligations to have measures in place to prevent and mitigate cybersecurity...more

4/2/2015 - Cybersecurity FFIEC Financial Institutions Risk Management

FCC Seeks Comments on Easing TCPA Requirements for Educational Organizations

In a recent announcement, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked for public comments on a petition to relax some of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA’s) requirements for educational organizations. If...more

3/30/2015 - Educational Institutions Exemptions FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

White House Issues Student Aid Bill of Rights

A Presidential Memorandum titled the "Student Aid Bill of Rights," issued last week by President Obama, calls for the creation of a new complaint system for federal student loans. This proposal is likely to result in...more

3/24/2015 - Barack Obama Consumer Complaint System Federal Student Aid Student Loans Students

NY Attorney General Enters into Far-Reaching Settlement with Largest Credit Reporting Agencies

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced that his office reached a landmark settlement with the nation’s three leading credit reporting agencies (CRAs) that will require them to significantly reform,...more

3/20/2015 - Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Equifax Experian Settlement TransUnion

FTC Issues 2014 Complaints Report

The Federal Trade Commission received more than 2.5 million consumer complaints in 2014, according to its newly released Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The annual report provides national and state-by-state data on...more

3/13/2015 - Annual Reports CFPB Consumer Complaint System FTC

N.Y. DFS Provides Insight on Key Provisions of Its Debt Collection Regulations

At a recent DBA International Symposium on New York State’s debt collection rules and regulations, New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Executive Deputy Superintendent Joy Feigenbaum clarified certain provisions in...more

3/10/2015 - Debt Collection FDCPA New Regulations NYDFS

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether ECOA Applies to Loan Guarantors

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) applies to loan guarantors. The case will be argued in the Supreme Court’s term that begins in October 2015....more

3/5/2015 - ECOA Guarantors Hawkins v Community Bank of Raymore Regulation B SCOTUS

NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are...more

3/3/2015 - Attorney Generals Debt Collection Debt Collectors Enforcement Actions FDCPA FTC Injunctive Relief

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding...more

2/26/2015 - Audio Recording Debt Collection FDCPA Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

New York Issues Guidance on New Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance about its new Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide insight on the scope...more

2/23/2015 - Debt Buyers Debt Collectors New Guidance NYDFS

Texas Federal Court Rejects Challenge to ‘No Credit Card Surcharge’ Law

A federal district court in Texas has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several merchants challenging the constitutionality of a state law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases. In Rowell v....more

2/11/2015 - Credit Card Surcharges Credit Cards Debit and Credit Card Transactions Dismissals Due Process First Amendment Retailers

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