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Fate of House bill to change class action procedures could be barometer for CFPB arbitration rule

On February 9, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-12 passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, a bill that would make significant changes to the procedures for class actions in federal...more

D.C. Circuit grants CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in the PHH case.  Because the order was issued per curiam, it does not indicate which of the active judges voted to grant the petition...more

Plaintiffs in another case challenging CFPB’s constitutionality move to intervene in PHH case

The plaintiffs in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew have filed a “Motion To Intervene In Any En Banc Proceeding That May Be Granted” in the PHH case. The motion follows the D.C. federal district court’s...more

Post-‘Spokeo’ Standing for Consumer Class Actions a Struggle

Federal courts have varied widely in their interpretation of standing for plaintiffs in consumer protection class actions since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo v. Robins , __ U.S. __, 136 S.Ct. 1540 (May 16,...more

Nothing Crafty About Michaels’ Disclosure Under Spokeo

A New Jersey District Court followed Spokeo’s Article III standing analysis and dismissed claims by three putative class representatives against Michaels Stores. Plaintiffs claimed that Michaels’ online employment application...more

Democratic lawmakers/ Democratic state AGs/ consumer advocacy groups seek reconsideration en banc of motions to intervene in PHH...

After the D.C. Circuit panel issued a per curiam order on February 2 denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the PHH case, we expected the next development in the case to be a decision by the D.C. Circuit on...more

District Court Serves as a Reminder of the Limitations of Spokeo

A district court out of Missouri has served up a reminder as to the limitations of a motion to dismiss based upon subject matter jurisdiction. In May v. Consumer Adjustment Co., the consumer filed an FDCPA complaint is state...more

Director Cordray responds to questions on proposed arbitration rule

Director Cordray has sent a letter to Senator Jeff Flake responding to a series of questions posed by the Senator on the CFPB’s proposed arbitration rule. The comment period on the proposed rule closed on August 22, 2016. ...more

CFPB/NY AG lawsuit against RD Legal Funding may signal greater scrutiny of non-loan financial products such as merchant cash...

The CFPB and the New York Attorney General this week filed an action against RD Legal Funding, LLC, two of its affiliates, and their principal (collectively, “RD”), alleging that a litigation settlement advance product...more

D.C. Circuit hears oral argument on CFPB authority to issue CID to college accrediting organization

Last week, the D. C. Circuit held oral argument in the CFPB’s appeal from the D.C. federal district court’s April 2016 ruling that the CFPB exceeded its statutory authority when it issued a CID to the Accrediting Council for...more

Magistrate Judge Had Authority To Enter Final Judgment Without Consent Of Absent Class Members But Abused Discretion In Approving...

The Ninth Circuit held that a magistrate judge was not required to obtain the consent of absent class members to approve a settlement in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case and to enter a final judgment after...more

Inaccurate TILA Disclosures Not Enough to Create Standing

A district court from New York recently ruled that even assuming a creditor’s initial TILA disclosures fell short under the statutory requirements, the plaintiff must show an injury in fact in order to have standing under...more

D.C. Circuit denies motions to intervene in PHH case

The D.C. Circuit panel that issued the PHH decision last October has issued a per curiam order denying the three motions to intervene that were filed in the case last month....more

PHH opposes motion to intervene filed by Democratic lawmakers

PHH has filed a response in opposition to the motion filed with the D.C. Circuit by Democratic lawmakers Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Maxine Waters to intervene in the PHH appeal.  The lawmakers are, respectively,...more

Clerical Error in Creditor’s Name Does Not Sink Debt Collector

A demand letter sent by a debt collector was not doomed by an incorrect statement of the creditor’s name. In Santibanez v. National Credit Systems, Inc., the debt collector’s initial letter stated as follows...more

Ninth Circuit affirms tribal lenders subject to CFPB investigative demands

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its opinion in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al., in which three tribal-affiliated, for-profit lending companies (“Tribal Lenders”) challenged the authority of the CFPB to issue civil...more

PHH files supplemental response to CFPB’s rehearing petition; opposes state AGs’ motion to intervene

This past Friday, PHH filed a supplemental response to the CFPB’s petition for en banc rehearing and a response opposing the motion filed by Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia to intervene...more

Democratic lawmakers, consumer advocacy groups seek to intervene in PHH appeal

This past Monday, the Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit seeking to intervene in the PHH appeal. Today, two more motions to intervene were filed. One...more

Democratic state AGs seek to intervene in PHH appeal

The Democratic Attorneys General of 16 states and the District of Columbia have filed a motion with the D.C. Circuit seeking to intervene in the PHH appeal.  The states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa,...more

Letter Warning of Lien Recordation Subject to FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Holds

A law firm's letter, warning that a lien would be recorded against a woman's home if she failed to pay her annual homeowners association fees, is not exempt from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as an attempt to...more

Technical Violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA)

In ­ Meyers v. Nicolet Restaurant of De Pere, LLC, 843 F.3d 724, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22139, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently weighed in on a hotly-debated issue: whether a technical violation of a statute...more

Ninth Circuit Compels Tribal Lenders to Comply with CFPB Investigative Demand

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a trial court ruling that ordered three tribal lending entities to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) civil investigative demands. The CFPB’s...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Stale Claims and FDCPA

As reported on our blog, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that filing a time barred proof of claim does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, an issue which has divided courts and Courts of Appeals. The Supreme Court...more

District Court Opinion Upholds Reasonable Investigation of Credit Dispute • Smith Debnam Law

A recent decision from the Northern District of Georgia serves as a reminder to both consumers and furnishers of information as to the furnisher’s obligation to reasonably investigate a dispute under the federal Fair Credit...more

CFPB and Two States File Suit Against Student Loan Company Navient

The CFPB announced on Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against Navient Corporation, formerly part of Sallie Mae, and two of its subsidiaries for alleged “systematic” failures in student loan servicing. The complaint...more

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