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

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

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

No backseat for FTC in FDCPA enforcement

The FTC wants the debt collection industry to know that it does not intend to take a backseat to the CFPB when it comes to FDCPA enforcement. In announcing the release of its annual summary of debt collection activities, the...more

3/7/2014 - CFPB FDCPA FTC

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

CFPB files amicus brief in another FDCPA case

Last month, the CFPB, jointly with the FTC, filed an amicus brief in Sykes v. Mel S. Harris and Associates LLC, a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case on appeal to the Second Circuit. This represents the third FDCPA case...more

12/3/2013 - CFPB Class Action Class Certification FDCPA FTC

CFPB files amicus brief in FCRA case

The CFPB recently filed its first amicus brief in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. This brief, like the amicus brief the CFPB filed in August 2013 in the Seventh Circuit in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case,...more

10/10/2013 - CFPB Credit Reports FCRA FDCPA FTC

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

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case

A new amicus brief filing by the CFPB recently appeared on the CFPB’s amicus program webpage. On August 14, 2013, the CFPB, jointly with the FTC, filed an amicus brief in Delgado v. Capital Management Services, LP, et al., a...more

9/9/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Collectors Enforcement FDCPA FTC

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

Senate hearing on debt industry focuses on documentation and medical debts

Collection documentation and medical debts proved to be the focus of much of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the debt industry. The witnesses were Corey Stone, CFPB Assistant Director, Office of Deposits,...more

7/19/2013 - CFPB Debt Debt Collection Documentation FDCPA FTC Medical Expenses TILA UDAAP

Consumer action letters will cause headaches for debt collectors and creditors

Last week, the CFPB issued five action letters for consumers to use as debt collection tools. Now that we have had an opportunity to look more closely at the letters, it is apparent that the letters will cause headaches not...more

7/17/2013 - CFPB Creditors Debt Collectors FDCPA Mortgage Servicers

FTC Enforcement Action against Debt Collector Ends in Record Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it entered into a record settlement with “the world’s largest debt collection operation” demonstrates that it intends to continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair...more

7/16/2013 - Compliance Debt Collectors Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions FDCPA FTC Settlement

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

Prevailing Defendant Can Recover Costs in FDCPA Suit Not Filed in Bad Faith, Supreme Court Rules

A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case can recover costs even without a court finding that the plaintiff filed suit in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

3/1/2013 - Attorney's Fees CFPB Debt Collectors FDCPA General Revenue Corp. Legal Costs Prevailing Party SCOTUS

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

Mortgage Foreclosure Is Debt Collection under the FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Holds

Lawyers whose principal business is mortgage foreclosure or who regularly handle mortgage foreclosures are “debt collectors” subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

1/24/2013 - CFPB Debt Collectors FDCPA Foreclosure Mortgages

Justice Department Settles ADA Claims against Debt Collector

A recent Department of Justice settlement with a debt collection law firm that was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act exemplifies the mounting federal scrutiny of the debt collection industry....more

1/8/2013 - ADA Debt Collectors Discrimination DOJ FDCPA Reasonable Accommodation Settlement Title III

Fourth Circuit Rejects FDCPA Challenge to Prerecorded Calls Seeking Location Information

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed, in an unpublished opinion, a district court's entry of summary judgment in favor of a debt collector that was sued by the debtor’s brother-in-law over the...more

11/21/2012 - CFPB FDCPA TCPA

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