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"Modest" Overstatements of Amount Due and Interest Rate Actionable Under FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt-collection law firm's overstatements in a state court complaint of $3,000 in the principal amount due and 0.315 percent in the interest rate were actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as...more

Sixth Circuit: Firm's Post-Foreclosure Conduct Does Not Violate FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a foreclosure firm—Reimer, Arnovitz, Chernek & Jeffrey (the Reimer firm)—under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Did Not Protect Debt Collector Despite Following Controlling Precedent, En Banc Seventh Circuit...

In a 7-4 en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the bona fide error defense in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) did not protect a debt collector who complied with...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Court-Ordered Service by Publication Does Not Violate the FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Midland Funding, LLC (Midland), and its collection law firm under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)....more

West Virginia Supreme Court Sides with Debt Collector

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a debt collector in an action alleging a violation of West Virginia’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act. In its June 12 decision, the court held that call volume,...more

Defaulted Debt Buyer Does Not Collect Debts “Due Another” Under FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a purchaser of defaulted debt did not qualify as a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it did not collect debts "due another", but...more

Federal Court Dismisses Class Action Alleging Solicitation for Payments on Time-Barred Debt is "Misleading" Under FDCPA

A federal district court in New Jersey dismissed a putative class-action lawsuit against Total Card, Inc. (TCI), a South Dakota-based debt collector. The plaintiff alleged that TCI violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

West Virginia enacts significant amendments to debt collection law

Significant changes to West Virginia’s debt collection law will take effect on July 4, 2017.  Senate Bill 536, approved by the state’s governor on April 21, 2017, includes the following amendments...more

CFPB issues 2017 FDCPA report

The CFPB has issued its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s activities in 2016. According to the report’s section on complaints, the CFPB handled approximately 88,000 debt...more

Collection Letter Containing Check Box To Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Federal Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box the plaintiff could check to indicate she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a reason...more

Letter With Check Box to Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box that the plaintiff could check to indicate that she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a...more

CFPB’s national debt collection consumer survey findings lays groundwork for future enforcement and rulemaking priorities

Early yesterday, the CFPB released the findings of its national debt collection consumer survey. Both the headline of the CFPB’s press release and Director Cordray’s remarks highlight the survey’s finding that “over...more

Envelope’s Display of Barcode With Embedded Account Number Does Not Violate FDCPA, Court Rules

A federal district court in Florida 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 a barcode in which the...more

4th Circuit: Filing Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy cases on debts that were time-barred by Maryland’s statute of limitations (SOL), a divided U.S. Court of...more

Voicemail Message Without Express Statement It Was From Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt collection law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message for the plaintiff that identified the law firm but did not expressly state that the law firm was a debt...more

CFPB Previews Debt Collection Rule in SBREFA Outline

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has moved a step closer to issuing a debt collection rule by releasing an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel....more

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

Voicemail Messages on Debtor's Phone Did Not Violate FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message on a cell phone shared by the debtor with her boyfriend because it was not reasonably foreseeable that he would...more

11th Circuit: Representations by Attorneys in Debt Collection-Related Court Filings Actionable Under FDCPA

In Miljkovic v Shafritz & Dinkin, 2015 WL 3956570, a panel of the 11th Circuit held that representations made by an attorney in required court filings during the course of debt collection litigation can be actionable under...more

ABA and CBA Express Concern That The CFPB’s Consumer Debt Collection Survey Falls Short

On May 6, 2014, the American Bankers Association (“ABA”) and Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA”) submitted comments to the CFPB’s “Debt Collection Survey from the Consumer Credit Panel” (the “Survey”). While the ABA and CBA...more

W.Va. Requires Time-Barred Debt Disclosures in ‘Initial Written Communication’

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed H.B. 4360, which amended Section 46A-2-128 of the West Virginia Code, that defines what constitutes unfair or unconscionable debt collection activities. The amendments are...more

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

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

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

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