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District Court Says TCPA Plaintiffs Are Not Required To Plead Their Phone Numbers; Allows Plaintiff’s Negligence Claim Premised On...

The District of South Carolina recently rejected the argument that TCPA claims must be dismissed if a plaintiff does not specify the telephone number that was allegedly called. See Williams v. Bank of America, No. 14-4809-RBH...more

Eleventh Circuit: While FDCPA Applies to Litigation Activity, Higher Standard May Be Required to Establish Violation

On Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the scope of conduct that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) to include communications directed to a debtor’s attorney. However, the...more

6 Record Search Lessons From $43M Clydesdale Bank Penalty

Clydesdale Bank PLC was recently hit with a more-than-$43 million fine, largely because it failed to search for documents that should have been subject to its destruction policy, and for misleading consumers and its...more

Next Supreme Court Term Promises Significant Class Action Ruling

Next term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Congress has the power to grant jurisdiction to plaintiffs who have suffered no concrete harm by authorizing them to sue based solely on violations of federal statutes....more

District Court Rejects Lender’s Motion to Dismiss in Ongoing Litigation with CFPB

On June 12, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California denied Castle & Cooke Mortgage’s motion to dismiss in a putative class action brought by affected borrowers stemming from Castle and Cooke’s...more

New empirical study of AAA arbitrations is a study in contradictions

A new empirical study of approximately 5,000 American Arbitration Association (AAA) consumer arbitrations conducted between 2009 and 2013 purports to find a “repeat player” effect favoring companies that previous researchers,...more

Supreme Court to Settle Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s Spouse-Guarantor Rule

The Supreme Court has agreed to address a split between circuits that emerged last summer centering on whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”) permits financial institutions to require the spouse of a loan...more

Second Circuit Denies Stay of Injunction for American Express

Earlier today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an order denying American Express’s motion for a stay of an injunction requiring AmEx to modify its rules prohibiting merchants from steering customers to...more

“Predominant economic interest” — CashCall, Inc. v. Morrisey

PLA today posts (alongside the already-posted public WebBank deals) a petition for certiorari filed in the U.S. Supreme Court a few months back in the CashCall rent-a-charter / true lender litigation. In this case, West...more

Company that entered into CFPB consent order loses motion to dismiss class action

A California federal judge has rejected the attempt of Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC, the mortgage company that entered into a consent order with the CFPB in November 2013 to settle charges that it violated the Regulation Z...more

Second Circuit Declines To Allow National Bank Preemption by Assignee of National Bank

A national bank can charge an interest rate that exceeds state law maximums, but the bank’s assignee cannot, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled recently, in a decision that could impact the ability of debt...more

Cavalry Portfolio Services fined $175,000 by Arizona

Cavalry Portfolio Services is a junk debt buyer that files a lot of debt collection lawsuits here in Arizona. Often times they file the lawsuit under names such as Cavalry SPV. On March 30, 2015 the Arizona Department of...more

CFPB and Florida AG Obtain Judgment Against Law Group and Corporate Affiliates for “Mass-Joinder” Foreclosure Relief Scam

On May 29, a final order was entered against a law group and its corporate affiliates in an action brought by the CFPB and the State of Florida. The July 2014 complaint alleged that the law group and its affiliates violated...more

CFPB files amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court ECOA case

The CFPB, together with the Solicitor General, has submitted an amicus brief in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore, the case in which the question before the U.S. Supreme Court is whether the Equal Credit Opportunity Act...more

Bank of America / FIA Card Services Found to Engage in “Unsound , Unsafe, and Illegal” Debt Collection Practices

On May 29, 2015 Bank of America and its affiliate FIA Card Services, were fined $30 million by the Department of the Treasury through the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) for engaging in “unsound, unsafe” and...more

McDonald's Mandatory Use of Payroll Cards Violates Pennsylvania's Wage Payment and Collection Law

Over 2,300 current and former employees of 16 McDonald’s franchisee locations in Pennsylvania claim that requiring the use of payroll debit cards to get paid violates the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL),...more

Second Circuit Holds Application of State Usury Laws to Third-Party Debt Purchasers Not Preempted by National Bank Act

On May 22, 2015, in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC (“Madden”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the application of state usury laws to third-party assignees is not preempted by the National...more

Target and MasterCard settlement rejected

We previously reported on the efforts of Target to settle claims made by MasterCard and its issuers as a result of the infamous Target data breach. In order for the settlement of $19 million to reimburse banks and credit...more

CFPB Orders Mortgage Originator to Pay $19 Million for Steering Violations – CEO to Pay $1 Million

The CFPB filed a complaint in federal district court against RPM Mortgage, Inc. and its CEO, Erwin Robert Hirt, for illegally paying bonuses and higher commissions to loan originators to incentivize them to steer consumers...more

Second Circuit Holds That National Bank Act Preemption Does Not Apply to an Independent, Third-Party Debt Collector That Purchased...

The Second Circuit recently issued a National Bank Act preemption decision with significant implications for purchasers of loans and other debt from national banks. See Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, --- F.3d ---, 2015 WL...more

11th Circuit: Security Interest in Fixture Does Not Equate to Security Interest in Real Property for Purposes of TILA

In Lankhorst v. Independent Sav. Plan Co., No. 14-11449, 2015 WL 3440288 (11th Cir., May 29, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the credit agreement the Plaintiff’s entered into did not convey the...more

Listing Unaccrued Debts In Legal Pleadings Can Leave Creditor Attorneys Liable for FDCPA Damages

When drafting demand letters and complaints, creditors and their attorneys must be cautious when demanding fees from the debtor which the creditor has not yet incurred. The Third Circuit has announced that including a demand...more

CFPB and Florida AG obtain judgments against foreclosure relief companies

The CFPB announced that, together with the Florida AG, it has obtained judgments against several Florida companies and their individual operators who were charged in a complaint filed in a Florida federal court with using...more

CFPB Fines Worldwide Payment System $25 Million for Alleged Deceptive Practices

On May 19, the CFPB announced a stipulated final judgment against a California-based worldwide payment system company. According to the CFPB’s complaint, filed the same day, the defendant (i) failed to honor advertised...more

2nd Circuit Reinstates Consumer Class Action Against National Debt Buyer Through Preemption Decision

On May 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against a debt collection firm, holding that “non-national bank entities are not entitled to protections under the National Bank Act (“NBA”) from state-law...more

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