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CFPB Presents New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation of...more

CFPB Presents Significant New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation 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

Third Circuit Remands "Meaningful Attorney Involvement" Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated the district court's decision in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection...more

Third Circuit Remands “Meaningful Attorney Review” FDCPA Decision with Instruction to Consider Article III Standing Under Spokeo,...

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (U.S. May 16, 2016), continues to have a substantial impact on federal courts, especially with respect to alleged statutory violations of the Fair Debt...more

CFPB Issues Sweeping and Unprecedented Rulemaking Proposals Seeking to “Drastically Overhaul Debt Collection Market”; Proposals...

Early in the morning on July 28, 2016, in coordination with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (the “Bureau”) field hearing on debt collection being held the same day in Sacramento, California, the Bureau released a...more

Is encryption the key to your data security?

With the increased rate of data breaches targeting personal information, an increased public awareness of online privacy, and an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape, large and small businesses are looking to...more

District Court: CFPB May Hold Law Firm Owners Individually Liable for Alleged Violations

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled on July 20, 2016, that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may hold the owners of two law firms offering debt relief services liable for alleged...more

Practioners -- Time to Update Your Client Arbitration Agreements, Part II

Many attorneys have been using the same engagement agreements for decades designating standard commercial providers such as the American Arbitration Association to resolve client disputes. In recent years some have learned...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Debt Collection Letters Sent to a Consumer’s Attorney Qualifies as a Communication With a Consumer...

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Bishop v. Ross Earle & Bonan, P.A., No. 15-12585, creditors and debt collectors should immediately review their practices to ensure that any communication to a debtor or a debtor’s...more

Do We Want the CFPB to Regulate the Practice of Law?

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) entered into a Consent Order with a New Jersey debt collection law firm, Pressler & Pressler, LLP, and two of its managing partners, Sheldon H. Pressler, and...more

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More”* — Doctors, Vets, and Lawyers in the Antitrust Crosshairs

Supreme Court Decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission Prompts Legal Challenges to State Professional Boards - Earlier this month a Texas federal district court judge granted a...more

Health Care and Legal Services Providers Challenge State Regulatory Boards on Heels of SCOTUS State Action Antitrust Immunity...

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope of antitrust immunity for state regulatory boards whose members are active market participants in the occupation regulated by the boards. In North Carolina State...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - The ABA's Priorities [Video]

Mar. 9, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- Is the American Bar Association doing harm to young lawyers by focusing on access to justice issues? Scott wonders if the ABA even cares....more

The Secrets to Building a Good Relationship with Your Lawyer

Although most people don’t want to use lawyers, most will need one at some point. To improve your overall experience, follow these important rules for building a solid client-attorney relationship... Originally...more

Firm’s collection letter violated Fair Debt Act

A North Attleborough law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it sent a collection letter which included implied threats to sue that could have confused the debtor as to her statutory right to dispute the...more

In New Jersey, arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are unenforceable when the parties to the contracts do not explicitly...

The Supreme Court for the State of New Jersey held that the failure to include specific trial by jury waiver language in arbitration clauses renders them unenforceable in consumer contracts, notwithstanding the fact that said...more

The Easiest Arbitration Agreement To Avoid May Be The One Between Attorney And Client

The First and Ninth Circuits recently issued opinions concerning the validity of state laws requiring “informed consent” to, or “full disclosure” of, arbitration clauses in attorney retainer agreements. Although the First...more

Second Circuit Rules on False Name Exception Under FDCPA

In a split decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that a creditor can be held liable for sending letters using a law firm’s letterhead when plaintiffs alleged that the substance of the...more

Dean: Law Schools Use Merit Scholarships To Boost Rankings  [Video]

Oct. 10 ( Bloomberg Law) -- Law schools need to find ways to cut the expense of merit scholarships, which they "use to buy students . . . with high LSATs" to improve the schools' US News rankings, Brooklyn Law School Dean and...more

Dean: Law Firms 'Support' NYLS's 2 Year Degree Program  [Video]

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Anthony Crowell, Dean and President of New York Law School, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the school's new 2 year law degree program and the prospects for a federal ranking system of...more

Morgan Drexen takes CFPB battle to its website

Visitors to Morgan Drexen’s website can now click through to a page that allows them to see information about Morgan Drexen’s lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C. against the CFPB, as well as other information intended to...more

UK Consumer Credit becomes regulated by the FCA and existing licences cancelled

UK consumer credit regulation is being taken over by the Financial Conduct Authority, promising more burdensome regulation and obliging all existing licence holders to re-apply for authorisation...more

Bar President: 3Ls Should Get Paid for Internships  [Video]

June 28 (Bloomberg Law) -- John Thies, outgoing president for the Illinois State Bar Association, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's report on the impact of law school debt on the delivery of...more

NALP: 18-Year Low for Law Grad Employment  [Video]

June 20 (Bloomberg Law) -- James Leipold, Executive Director for the National Association for Law Placement, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about his organization's annual report on the job market for law school...more

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