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Advertising Law - August 2014 #3

FTC: Telemarketing Sales Rule Ripe For Review - It’s time to review the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has announced. Enacted in 1995, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the Rule) has been...more

Have You Been Sued by Unifund CCR in Arizona?

Unifund CCR is one of the larger debt buying companies out there and they file a lot of lawsuits against consumers in Arizona. Debt buyers like Unifund claim that they have purchased old charged off debts and then file debt...more

CFPB, State AGs Announce Joint Enforcement Action Against Military Consumer Lender

On July 29, the CFPB and 13 state AGs announced a consent order that requires a consumer lender currently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy to provide $92 million in debt relief for about 17,000 U.S. servicemembers and other consumers...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing a Time-Barred Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding Violates the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides that debt collectors “may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” Nor may a debt collector...more

Take the Fear out of Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Getting served with a lawsuit can ruin anyone’s day. First, the way the law requires that you get notice of the lawsuit is very intrusive. A process server must come to your home, unannounced, and give you the summons and...more

Should I Appeal My Debt Collection Judgment?

Even though I think most debt collection lawsuits brought by junk debt buyers are just that – junk, there are many factors that can lead to judgment being entered against you and in favor of the debt buyer. After the initial...more

Representing Yourself in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit? 3 Reasons You Should Reconsider

Many people who find themselves being sued by a debt collector forgo hiring a lawyer and represent themselves in court. I understand for many people this is a necessity. As a lawyer I can’t work for free (my wife and kids...more

The Devil is in the Details of Your Debt Collection Case

I recently had a trial against a junk debt buyer that had an interesting twist that I thought could be helpful to those facing debt collection lawsuits from debt buyers like Midland Funding, Unifund, Portfolio Recovery, or...more

3 Ways to Help Your Lawyer Win Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Most of the people I meet with who are facing a debt collection lawsuit have (1) never been sued before, and (2) never even hired a lawyer previously. And I think it is fair to say that is a good thing....more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New Federal Landscape For Lenders and Servicers

Following the recession and financial crisis of the late 2000s, the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”—commonly known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—was created. Aimed at promoting “fairness and...more

Is Your Debt Destroying Your Marriage?

The #1 thing married couples fight about is money. In fact, in a recent study conducted by Money Magazine, 70% of married couples argue about finances – more than household chores, togetherness, sex, snoring, and what’s for...more

Should You Fight Your Midland Funding Lawsuit or File for Bankruptcy?

Being sued by a debt collector like Midland Funding can be the tipping point that leads many families to file for bankruptcy. But is it the best option in your situation? Bankruptcy will stop the debt collection lawsuit...more

Demand Decency in Debt Collection

Financial difficulties can be all encompassing. The stress associated with not being able to pay your bills touches on everything from being able to pay for your kid’s schools lunch to wondering if your car is going to get...more

Is the Means Test a mean test? Flunking Chapter 7

Hard to believe that we are closing in on ten years since Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA). The most significant impact on consumer bankruptcies was the creation of the...more

Debt Collection – “Can They Really Treat Me This Way?”

Day in and day out for nearly 11 years I have met with families who are going through financial difficulties. Something that may be surprising, and a little disconcerting, is that there isn’t a certain “type” of person or...more

Who is Cavalry SPV and Why are they Suing Me?

Cavalry SPV is a debt buyer who sues people here in Arizona. If you are in the stressful position of having been sued by Cavalry SPV your first thought was like “who in the world are these people?”. In fact, many people...more

3 Signs You Picked the Wrong Lawyer to Fight Midland Funding

When it comes to hiring a lawyer to fight your Midland Funding lawsuit it is normal that most people will interview more than one attorney before deciding who to go with. When I meet with clients they will often share with...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Delaware Garners Almost All Big Chapter 11s  [Video]

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Why the bankruptcy court in Delaware garnered almost five times more significant Chapter 11 reorganizations this year than New York is the first topic of discussion on the new video with Bloomberg Law's...more

BAPCPA Backfires: Unsecured Creditor’s Returns Decrease in Post-BAPCPA Landscape

A new study published by the American Bankruptcy Institute has found that the aggregate effect of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA), which was passed in part to improve creditor...more

Mortgage Debt Lesson: Don't Pursue Collection Of A Discharged Mortgage

Creditors should double check the bankruptcy status of a debtor/borrower before pursuing collection. As a pending case illustrates, pursuing collection of an initially reaffirmed, but later discharged mortgage could be a...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Listening in the Dark at the NCBJ  [Video]

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia asks Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle how he responded when the lights went out during his luncheon keynote speech at the annual convention of the National...more

CFPB Refines Mortgage Rules to Resolve Conflicts and Inconsistencies

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule and bulletin refining and making technical changes to certain provisions of its January 2013 mortgage rules. The interim rule...more

When the FDCPA and the Bankruptcy Code Conflict: Which Controls?

As most lenders and banking litigators understand, courts construe the language of the Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) very broadly. As we have discussed in previous posts, an initial communication to collect a...more

Infobytes Special Alert: CFPB Issues Mortgage Servicing Rule Amendments And Guidance Addressing Conflicts With Bankruptcy And Debt...

On October 15, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued an interim final rule amending certain provisions of its mortgage servicing rules and making technical changes to other January 2013 mortgage rules...more

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