Melanie Vartabedian

Melanie Vartabedian

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Sixth Circuit Holds that a Business Entity Is a "Person" for Purposes of FDCPA's Enforcement Provision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a limited liability company (“LLC”) constitutes a “person” within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the “Act”), in Anarion Investments LLC v....more

8/27/2015 - Appeals Banking Sector Banks Consumer Lenders Debt Collection Debt Collectors FDCPA Limited Liability Companies Mortgage Lenders Mortgage Servicers Mortgages Wrongful Foreclosures

Consent Judgments Entered Against Individuals and Law Firm Accused of Mass-Joinder Mortgage Rescue Scams

Consent judgments in a lawsuit brought by the Florida and Connecticut Attorneys General have been entered against five individuals and one law firm for their part in an alleged “mass-joinder” mortgage rescue scam....more

4/20/2015 - CFPA Consent Order Debt-Relief Industry Dodd-Frank Homeowners Joinder Loan Modifications Mortgages Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Court Upholds Constitutionality of Pennsylvania Recording Statute

A class action suit against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) in Pennsylvania will go forward after a federal district court ruled that the state recording statute is constitutional. The court ruled that the...more

5/7/2014 - Class Action MERS Real Estate Transfers Recording Requirements

Borrower Must File Suit before Foreclosure To Exercise Rescission Rights, Eighth Circuit Holds

The Eighth Circuit recently held that a borrower must file suit before foreclosure to exercise rescission rights under TILA. The court now joins the Ninth and Tenth Circuits in holding that notice alone is not sufficient. In...more

10/24/2013 - Borrowers Foreclosure Mortgages Rescission Truth in Lending Act (TILA)

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