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Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

Q&A with Joshua Gans, author of “The Disruption Dilemma”

by Hogan Lovells on

Your recent book “The Disruption Dilemma” examines how disruption can destroy even the best managed corporations. The case studies in your book – the mobile phone industry disrupted by Apple, Blockbuster’s store-based video...more

Eighth Circuit: A Debt Collector May Call A Third Party More Than Once Without Violating § 1692b(3) of the FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Kuntz v. Rodenburg LLP, No. 15-2777, – F.3d –, 2016 WL 5219884 (8th Cir. Sept. 22, 2016), the Eighth Circuit held that a law firm hired to collect a debt did not violate § 1692b(3) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

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

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

by Burr & Forman on

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

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

by BakerHostetler on

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

Digital Photos Have Metadata Too

by Christopher Hopkins on

Does your company or law firm email photos/JPEGs? Do you upload family photos to social media sites. Digital photo metadata is overlooked by companies -- and most common "scrubbing" software. Find out what metadata lurks...more

Osler Franchise Law Review - Feb 2011

by Jennifer Dolman on

This latest issue of Osler Franchise Law Review contains legislative updates (proposed changes to Ontario's Arthur Wishart Act; New Brunswick's franchise legislation; Manitoba's pending legilsation; Bill C-28 (Canada's new...more

How to Choose a Lawyer

by Andrew Weinstein on

Advice and suggestions on how to select the right lawyer to handle your case...more

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