John L. Culhane, Jr.

John L. Culhane, Jr.

Ballard Spahr LLP

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CFPB files amicus brief in Ninth Circuit FDCPA case

The CFPB, together with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief in Hernandez v. Williams, Zinman & Parham, P.C., a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. ...more

8/25/2014 - CFPB Debt Debt Collection FDCPA FTC

NY Attorney General Settles Action against Law Firm Collecting on Payday Loans

The New York Attorney General recently announced a settlement with Forster & Garbus, a large debt collection law firm that had filed collection actions against consumers arising out of payday loans. Specifically, Attorney...more

8/21/2014 - Debt Debt Collection Lenders Payday Loans

Senator Crapo raises concerns with Department of Education campus financial product rulemaking

Republican Senator Mike Crapo, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter last week to Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan to raise several concerns with the...more

8/19/2014 - Colleges Financial Products Students Title IV Universities

Media reports on student loan debt: distortions abound

Two recent articles highlight how student loan debt is often the subject of distorted reporting. An article from Hamilton Place Strategies observed that news stories often include anecdotal stories about families...more

8/15/2014 - Debt Student Loans

Calif. Law Does Not Bar Recording of Cell Phone Calls by Participants, Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that the state’s call recording statute does not apply to cell phone call participants. This decision should help companies that record consumer calls for monitoring purposes defeat...more

8/14/2014 - Audio Recording Cell Phones Invasion of Privacy Surveillance

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

Sixth Circuit Establishes ‘Baseline’ Information To Verify a Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently articulated a standard for verifying a debt under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in Haddad v. Alexander, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC. The FDCPA...more

8/12/2014 - Appeals Condominiums Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Liens Popular

CFPB calls out banks for not publicly disclosing campus financial product marketing agreements

According to a new blog post about “secret banking contracts” by Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s Student Loan Ombudsman, the CFPB is sending letters to colleges and universities “to make sure they know that their bank partner has...more

8/8/2014 - Banks CFPB Colleges Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Student Loans Universities

TCPA Reform Gains Congressional Support

Industry efforts to persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) recently received support from a group of 15 members of the U.S. House of...more

8/8/2014 - FCC Robocalling TCPA Telecommunications

Comptroller of the Currency Publishes Guidance on Debt Sales Arrangements and Agreements

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC’s) new Bulletin 2014-37 on Consumer Debt Sales represents the agency’s latest guidance on this topic since providing a written statement a year ago to the Senate...more

8/7/2014

Another report debunks comparison between student debt and mortgage loan crisis

A new report from The Vanguard Group disagrees with those who seek to draw comparisons between the current level of student debt and the level of mortgage debt that led to the housing crisis. Titled “No bubble to...more

8/7/2014 - Debt Mortgages Student Loans

CFPB continues to solicit comments on proposed debt collection survey

The CFPB published a notice in the Federal Register today announcing that it will continue to take comments until August 22, 2014 on its plans to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget “to conduct a mail...more

7/24/2014 - American Bankers Association CFPB Debt Collection OMB

More on the debate over the impact of student loan debt on home ownership

We recently wrote about a new Brookings Institution report which suggested that charges coming from various quarters, including the CFPB, that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership are...more

7/24/2014 - CFPB Debt Student Loans

FCC Clarifies TCPA Consent Standard for Collection Calls to Cell Phones

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently clarified its view on when someone has provided “prior express consent” to receive prerecorded or autodialed collection calls to his or her cell phone as required by the...more

7/16/2014 - Cell Phones FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA

FTC Announces Settlement with Debt Collector over Alleged FDCPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a Houston debt collection company and its individual owner related to alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This action...more

7/2/2014

New studies challenge CFPB claims that student loan debt is discouraging homeownership

The charge that student loan debt is causing young adults to postpone home ownership has come from various quarters, including the CFPB. However, two new studies, one the subject of an article released earlier this year and...more

6/27/2014 - CFPB Debt Student Loans

Department of Education proposal on campus financial products expected in July

We recently commented that financial institutions offering financial products to college students, including debit or prepaid cards, under agreements with colleges should be planning now for the possible advent of new...more

6/24/2014 - Colleges Debit Cards Disclosure Requirements DOE Financial Products Prepaid Payment Products Students Title IV Universities

FTC Settles Claims Against Credit Repair Company

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has entered into a settlement with one of the nation’s largest credit repair companies and its owners for alleged violations of the Credit Repair Organizations Act...more

6/23/2014 - Credit Reports CROA FTC Settlement

Obama takes action to increase assistance to student borrowers

President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum last Monday directing the Secretary of Education to issue regulations that allow additional students to take advantage of a program to cap their student loan payments at 10...more

6/18/2014 - Student Loans Students

Senate holds hearings on student loans

Last Wednesday, the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Banking Committee held separate hearings about student loans. Interestingly, the CFPB was represented in only one of the hearings. The Senate Budget Committee...more

6/9/2014 - CFPB Predatory Lending Student Loans

FTC Announces Consent Order with Subprime Auto Lender for Alleged Violations of FDCPA, FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a consent order with a subprime auto lender for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair...more

6/3/2014 - Automotive Loans FCRA FDCPA FTC UDAAP

Disparate Impact to Supreme Court Again?

Yet another Fair Housing Act disparate impact case may find its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. After losing on appeal at the Fifth Circuit in March, the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Texas DHCA) recently...more

6/2/2014 - Appeals Certiorari Disparate Impact Fair Housing Fair Housing Act HUD SCOTUS Section 8 Tax Credits

CFPB issues report on how medical debt impacts credit scores

According to a report issued yesterday by the CFPB entitled “Data point: Medical debt and credit scores,” credit scoring models may be overly penalizing consumers with medical debts that go into collection by producing credit...more

5/23/2014 - CFPB Credit Ratings Debt Healthcare Medical Expenses

Has the SCRA been amended for everyone?

Not only student loan servicers, but all companies, particularly those subject to the CFPB’s supervisory authority, face new compliance risk under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (the “SCRA”) as a result of the stunning...more

5/15/2014 - Active Duty CFPB Department of Education DOJ Interest Rate Adjustments Loan Servicer Military Service Members SCRA Settlement Student Loans

Did the CFPB, DOJ, and ED Just Amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act?

Yesterday, as a result of a referral from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education announced a $60 million settlement against a major student loan servicer for...more

5/15/2014 - CFPB Department of Education DOJ Military Service Members SCRA

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