John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC Finalizes Rule Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Payments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that will prohibit sellers and telemarketers from creating or accepting remotely created payment orders or checks, cash-to-cash...more

11/23/2015 - Consumer Fraud FTC Popular RCPOs Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Envelope’s Display of Internal Tracking Number Does Not Violate FDCPA, New York Federal Court Rules

A federal district court in New York has ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed an internal tracking...more

11/19/2015 - Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FDCPA FTC Motion for Judgment

FTC and VA enter into agreement for investigating educational institutions

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs have signed a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MOA) “to provide mutual assistance in the oversight and enforcement of laws pertaining to advertising, sales, and...more

11/13/2015 - Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Institutions FTC Regulatory Oversight Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

CFPB files petition in D.C. federal court to enforce CID issued to college accrediting organization

On October 29, 2015, the CFPB filed a petition in D.C. federal court to enforce the CID it issued on August 25, 2015 to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS’ petition to modify or set...more

11/12/2015 - Accreditation CFPB Civil Investigation Demand For Profit Colleges Student Loans

Florida “No Credit Card Surcharge” Law Unconstitutional, 11th Circuit Rules

A Florida law that prohibits merchants from imposing a surcharge on credit card purchases but allows a discount for cash purchases violates the First Amendment, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th...more

11/11/2015 - Corporate Counsel Credit Card Surcharges Debit and Credit Card Transactions Due Process First Amendment Free Speech

CFPB Announces Consent Order with Employment Background Screening Report Providers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) announcement that it has entered into a consent order with two affiliated companies that generate and provide employment background screening reports serves as a reminder to...more

11/9/2015 - Background Checks CFPB Consumer Reporting Agencies FCRA Hiring & Firing Popular

Bipartisan Budget Act Creates New TCPA Exemptions

Prior to the amendment, these calls would have been prohibited absent the recipient’s prior express consent if placed to a cellular telephone and if they were made by an automatic telephone dialing system or included an...more

11/9/2015 - Bipartisan Budget Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

Director Cordray defends CFPB authority to investigate college accrediting organization

Director Cordray is reported to have defended the CFPB’s authority to investigate a college accrediting organization at a recent Politico event. On October 8, 2015, the CFPB issued a decision and order denying the petition of...more

11/6/2015 - Accreditation Bank Service Providers CFPB CID Colleges Consumer Financial Products Department of Education Educational Institutions Enforcement Actions Financial Institutions Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Lawmakers seek rescission of CID issued to college accrediting organization

Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative John Kline sent a letter to Director Cordray on October 23, 2015 requesting that he “immediately rescind the issuance of a civil investigative demand to the Accrediting Council for...more

11/5/2015 - Accreditation CFPA CFPB Civil Investigation Demand Colleges Compliance Department of Education DOE Educational Institutions Financial Institutions Higher Education Act UDAAP Universities

FDCPA “Communication” Must Imply Existence of a Debt, Sixth Circuit Rules

A voicemail message should not be considered a “communication” that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled, unless the message at least...more

11/2/2015 - Appeals Debt Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Institutions Voicemail

CFPB Student Loan Ombudsman highlights FFELP loans in fourth annual report

The CFPB released its fourth Annual Report of the Student Loan Ombudsman discussing complaints received by the CFPB about private and federal student loans and the lessons drawn by the Ombudsman from those complaints. (The...more

10/16/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint Management Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Debt Collection DOE Enforcement Actions Federal Student Loans Financial Institutions GAO Loans Private Student Loans Student Loans

Court: Debtor Cannot Use FDCPA as Enforcement Mechanism for Arbitration Provision

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it filed a summary judgment motion in a collection action after the debtor had sought enforcement of a credit card agreement’s arbitration...more

10/14/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Consumer Financial Products Credit Cards Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Institutions Summary Judgment

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case to Decide Whether Loan Guarantors Are “Applicants” Under ECOA

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, the result of which will determine whether a spousal guarantor is an “applicant” under the Equal Credit Opportunity...more

10/9/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Cause of Action Accrual CFPB Discrimination ECOA Federal Reserve Financial Institutions Loans Regulation B SCOTUS Spousal Guaranty

FCC Issues Citations for Violations of TCPA Consent Requirement for Autodialed or Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued citations to two companies charged with violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) consent requirements for autodialed or prerecorded calls to wireless...more

9/21/2015 - Apple Pay Banking Sector Banks Cell Phones Class Action Disclosure Requirements FCC Online Banking Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Right to Privacy Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing

FTC Announces Settlement with Auto Loan Servicer for Alleged Violations of FCRA Furnisher Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a company that services auto loans for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) “Furnisher Rule.” The settlement serves as a reminder...more

9/18/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPB Civil Monetary Penalty Consumer Lenders Consumer Reporting Agencies CRA FCRA Financial Institutions FTC FTC Act Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

FTC provides guidance on FCRA requirements for employer background checks

When examining banks and companies subject to CFPB supervisory authority for FCRA compliance, CFPB examiners will look at whether the bank or company has followed FCRA requirements for use of background checks on employees...more

9/10/2015 - Background Checks Banking Sector Banks CFPB FCRA Financial Institutions FTC Hiring & Firing

NY Amends Debt Collection Regulations, Issues More Guidance

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has amended several provisions of its Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations and issued additional guidance in the form of new frequently asked questions...more

9/9/2015 - Borrowers Consumer Financial Contracts Consumer Lenders Creditors Debt Buyers Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA NYDFS Third-Party Agents

Interagency task force issues recommendations on federal student loan servicing contracts

Pursuant to a March 2015 Presidential directive, an interagency task force consisting of the Department of the Treasury, Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and Domestic Policy Council has issued...more

9/3/2015 - Best Practices CFPB Compliance Consumer Lenders DOE Educational Institutions Federal Student Loans FSA Obama Administration OMB Student Loans U.S. Treasury

11th, 6th Circuits Rule on TCPA Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 11th and Sixth Circuits recently issued two rulings regarding when a consumer has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages or...more

9/3/2015 - Appeals Cell Phones FCC Hobbs Act Loan Modifications Prior Express Consent Reasonable Expectation of Privacy Right to Privacy Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications Telemarketing Text Messages Unsolicited Phone Calls

The Next EFTA Class Action Wave Has Started

A new type of Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) class action is now being filed in volume. This trend is highly likely to continue, as the cases are being filed by a consumer class action firm that has filed hundreds of...more

9/2/2015 - Banking Sector Banks Class Action Debit and Credit Card Transactions EFTA Financial Institutions TCPA Written Consent

CFPB seeks information on income-driven student loan repayment plans

In a new blog post, the CFPB tells borrowers, that in response to its solicitation of borrower “stories” about problems with student loans, it has heard “about problems related to enrolling in income-driven repayment plans...more

8/19/2015 - Borrowers CFPB DOE Federal Student Loans Financial Institutions Student Loans

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case applying “meaningful attorney involvement” standard to debt collection litigation

The CFPB, jointly with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, the case in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm...more

8/18/2015 - Amicus Briefs Appeals CFPB Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA FTC

FCC Fines Companies $2.96 Million for TCPA Robocall Violations, Adopts New Interpretations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently taken two significant actions addressing robocalls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—the imposition of a $2.96 million fine and the adoption of new...more

8/17/2015 - Cell Phones Do Not Call List FCC Popular Prior Express Consent Private Right of Action Right to Privacy Robocalling Smartphones TCPA Telecommunications

Limited Liability Company Can Sue as “Person” Under FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Rules

A limited liability company is a “person” that can file a lawsuit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled. In Anarion Investments LLC v. Carrington...more

8/14/2015 - Appeals Civil Liability Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Institutions Foreclosure FTC Homeowners Limited Liability Companies LLC Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages

New York City Can Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct, Second Circuit Rules

New York City can regulate the conduct of attorneys engaged in debt collection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., the...more

8/10/2015 - Consumer Financial Contracts Debt Collection Debt Collectors Licensing Rules Popular Preemption Young Lawyers

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