John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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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 Services Industry 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 Financial Services Industry 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

To Stay or Not to Stay, That Is the Question Answered by the Second Circuit

Weighing in on an issue that has divided the federal courts of appeals, the Second Circuit has held that under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), a court that grants a motion to compel arbitration of all claims must stay the...more

8/3/2015 - Arbitration Article III Class Action Corporate Counsel Dispute Resolution Federal Arbitration Act Motion to Compel Stays

Eighth Circuit: Purpose, Not Content, Determines TCPA Coverage of Calls as “Telemarketing”

Phone calls made to promote a movie constituted “telemarketing” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) even though the two prerecorded messages left on the plaintiffs’ home phone line made no reference to the...more

7/30/2015 - Article III Class Action Corporate Counsel Do Not Call List Popular Putative Class Actions Robocalling SCOTUS Spokeo Spokeo v Robins Standing TCPA Telemarketing

Envelope’s Display of Bar Code With Embedded Account Number Violates FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s...more

7/29/2015 - Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Financial Services Industry Motion to Dismiss

Defense Department Dramatically Expands Scope of Military Lending Act

The Department of Defense (DoD) dramatically expanded the scope of the Military Lending Act (MLA) on July 22, 2015, publishing its Final Rule amending the MLA’s implementing regulation. MLA coverage was previously limited to...more

7/28/2015 - Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Lenders Credit Unions DOD Financial Services Authority Higher Education Act Lenders Military Lending Act Military Service Members Payday Loans Regulation Z Title IV

Maryland Appeals Court Declines to Adopt “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently declined to adopt the “meaningful attorney involvement” standard for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims based on alleged insufficient attorney involvement in debt...more

7/24/2015 - Appeals Claim Preclusion Collateral Estoppel Debt Buyers Debt Collection Debtors FDCPA Midland Funding Res Judicata

Connecticut Enacts New Licensing Requirement and Prohibitions for Student Loan Servicers

Connecticut’s new “An Act Concerning A Student Loan Bill of Rights” creates a licensing requirement for servicers of student loans made to state residents and imposes other significant new requirements and prohibitions on...more

7/15/2015 - Banks Licensing Rules Loan Servicing Ombudsman Student Loans

FCC Order Creates New TCPA Challenges for Companies

As previously reported, the Federal Communications Commission recently approved a Declaratory Ruling and Order (the Order) addressing a number of petitions that requested the FCC clarify its interpretations of the Telephone...more

7/14/2015 - Auto-Dialed Calls Collection Agencies Debt Collection Declaratory Rulings Exemptions FCC Financial Institutions Healthcare Prior Express Consent Revocation TCPA Telemarketing Text Messages

OCC Report Identifies Risks to Banks, Sets Supervisory Priorities

A new report issued by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) identifies top safety and soundness risks to national banks and federal savings associations, as well as OCC supervisory priorities for the...more

7/13/2015 - Banking Regulators Banking Sector Banks BSA/AML Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Depository Institutions OCC Risk Assessment Supervision

CFPB issues new report on servicemember student loans

A new CFPB report entitled “Overseas & Underserved: Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to Our Men and Women in Uniform” contains the CFPB’s findings regarding student loan servicing problems faced by...more

7/10/2015 - CFPB Military Service Members Student Loans

FFIEC Tool Helps You Assess Cyber Risk

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has released its long-awaited Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment) to help financial institutions identify the inherent risks faced by a company and...more

7/9/2015 - Bank Examinations Cyber Threats Cybersecurity FFIEC Financial Institutions OCC Risk Assessment Risk Management Security and Privacy Controls

FTC, Florida AG File Action to Stop Alleged Telemarketing Debt Relief Scam Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) have jointly filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against several companies and their individual owners alleging that the defendants engaged in...more

7/3/2015 - Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Consumer Lenders Debt-Relief Industry Elder Abuse Enforcement Actions FDUTPA Financial Abuse Financial Institutions FTC FTCA Nonbank Firms Telemarketing

Divided U.S. Supreme Court Holds Disparate Impact Claims Cognizable Under FHA, but Subject to Safeguards Against Abusive Disparate...

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., on June 25, 2015, holding that disparate impact claims are...more

7/1/2015 - Affordable Housing Disparate Impact Fair Housing Act FHA SCOTUS Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities

CFPB update on student loan complaints continues to highlight co-signer release issues

The CFPB has issued a “Mid-year update on student loan complaints” that analyzes the approximately 3,100 private student loan complaints received by the CFPB betweenOctober 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. The update also analyzes...more

6/24/2015 - CFPB Consumer Complaint System Consumer Lenders Cosigners Debt Collection Default Information Reports Releases Student Loans Students

FCC Approves TCPA Clarifications that Increase Potential for Liability

The Federal Communications Commission, in a divided vote, approved an order clarifying several long-simmering Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues. While the order has not been officially released, the...more

6/22/2015 - ATDS FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Supervise Nonbank Auto Finance Companies, Releases Auto Finance Examination Procedures for Banks, Nonbanks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule allowing it to supervise nonbank companies that qualify as “larger participants of a market for automobile financing.” Relatedly, it adopted simultaneously a...more

6/12/2015 - Auto Lease Automotive Industry Automotive Loans Car Dealerships CFPB Consumer Financial Products Consumer Lenders Final Rules Market Participants Nonbank Firms

Final Diversity and Inclusion Standards Issued Jointly by Six Federal Agencies

Pursuant to a mandate contained in Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank or Act), six federal agencies jointly issued new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Standards today. These...more

6/11/2015 - Diversity Diversity and Inclusion Standards (D&I) Dodd-Frank Employer Mandates Hiring & Firing OMWI Regulatory Standards

FCC Chairman Releases Proposed TCPA Declaratory Rulings

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has issued a fact sheet describing his proposed declaratory rulings on various issues involving the FCC’s interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

6/3/2015 - FCC TCPA

State AG – Credit Bureaus Settlement: What Furnishers Need to Know - More than 30 state attorneys general reached a settlement...

Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a press release announcing the results of a multi-state investigation into the three national credit reporting agencies (CRAs) - Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian...more

5/29/2015 - CFPB Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Debt Buyers Debt Collection Equifax Experian FCRA TransUnion

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

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