Debt Buyers

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Human Rights Watch issues report on debt buyers

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled “Rubber Stamp Justice—US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor” is likely to find readers at the CFPB, which is expected to move closer early this year to...more

A Cautionary Tale: FTC Warns Industry of Broad Meaning of “Debt Collector”

Although the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted decades ago, its amorphous scope continues to frustrate the industry. The FTC recently cautioned debt collectors and creditors alike of the surprising...more

A Consumer’s Guide to Midland Funding Debt Collection Lawsuits – Chapter 1 Who is Midland Funding?

Each and every year there are hundreds of thousands of lawsuits filed across the country by companies known as “junk debt buyers”. Despite the huge volume of lawsuits there are relatively few lawyers who handle these types of...more

Arizona’s Default Judgment Problem

Arizona has a default judgment problem. Every day I meet with families and individuals who have been notified that their wages are about to be garnished based upon a default judgment entered years ago that they didn’t even...more

CFPB Continues to Focus on Reforming Consumer Collection Practices

The CFPB has authority to enforce violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition on unfair, deceptive, and/or abusive practices (UDAAP). UDAAP violations have figured prominently in multiple enforcement...more

Massachusetts AG Takes Action Against Debt Collection Law Firm

On December 21, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against a Massachusetts-based debt collection law firm and its two owners for allegedly violating consumer protection laws by suing consumers for debts that were...more

Debt Collection and Beyond in 2015

In 2015, the CFPB further expanded its reach into debt collection through a number of enforcement actions. The CFPB also continues to conduct research on a potential rulemaking regarding debt collection activities, which may...more

CFPB issues bulletin on in-person debt collection

The CFPB has issued a bulletin (Compliance Bulletin 2015-07) to provide guidance to creditors, debt buyers and third-party debt collectors about compliance with the CFPA UDAAP prohibition and the FDCPA when conducting...more

3 Strategies for Dealing with Low Dollar Debt Collection Lawsuits

Over the past year I have seen junk debt buyers like Midland Funding and Portfolio Recovery Associates file debt collection lawsuits on account where the amount is relatively small – some for amounts less than $1,000. I have...more

CFPB Singles Out Class Action Waivers for Elimination from Consumer Financial Arbitration Agreements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) made clear this week that, in its view, class action waivers should be on the chopping block in the agency’s upcoming rulemaking aimed at regulating the use of arbitration...more

Is Midland Funding Even Aware of the CFPB Consent Order?

A few weeks back I reported how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) had sanctioned both Midland Funding and Portfolio Recovery Associates for their illegal debt collection tactics when it came to junk debt buyer...more

Brokers: Rely on Broker Statements at Your Peril

Alamo Group, LLC v. A & G Realty Partners, LLC (In re OSC 1 Liquidating Corp.), 529 B.R. 825 (Bankr. D. Del. 2015) – A purchaser of debtors’ lease designation rights filed a complaint in bankruptcy court against the debtors’...more

Goldman Sachs Wins Summary Judgment In CDO Class Action

On September 8, 2015, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in a class action lawsuit concerning the sale of two collateralized debt obligations. The court had...more

Midland Funding and Portfolio Recovery Associates Slammed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) took action against Midland Funding (and its parent company Encore Capital) and Portfolio Recovery Associates – the nation’s two largest junk debt buyers – for their...more

Can We Really Trust the Banks?

I have written previously on the bias that consumers face from courts and others when they challenge a creditor who is suing them on a debt. The source of this bias, in my opinion, is partially due to the trust that people...more

NY Amends Debt Collection Regulations, Issues More Guidance

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has amended several provisions of its Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations and issued additional guidance in the form of new frequently asked questions...more

Eleventh Circuit Says Merely Acquiring Debt in Default is Not Enough to Qualify As "Debt Collector" Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an amended complaint against Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (“Capital One”) for alleged violations of the Fair Debt...more

What is a Stipulated Judgment?

When a debt is legitimately owed I have found that most people simply want to negotiate a settlement with the creditor and get it behind them. And while creditors will usually agree to settle a debt, if a court case has...more

The Second Circuit Denies Midland’s Request For Rehearing On Its Decision That Upended Longstanding Principles of Lending Law

On August 12, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Midland Funding, LLC and Midland Credit Management (collectively, “Midland”)’s petition for panel rehearing, or, in the alternative,...more

7 Reasons You May Win Your Debt Collection Lawsuit that have Nothing to Do With the Law

Often here on my blog I will discuss some of the more technical legal arguments that can help you win your case against junk debt buyers. However, in a surprisingly high number of cases you end up winning simply for showing...more

Maryland Appeals Court Declines to Adopt “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Standard

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently declined to adopt the “meaningful attorney involvement” standard for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims based on alleged insufficient attorney involvement in debt...more

CFPB, 47 State AGs, and District of Columbia Announce $216 Million Settlement to Resolve Credit Card Debt-Buying Investigation

On July 8, the CFPB along with 47 state attorneys general and DC announced an agreement with a major bank to resolve allegations that it sold faulty credit card “zombie debts” to third-party debt buyers, which included...more

Increased Risk for Buyers of Credit Card Loans

Third party debt buyers may face increased threat of state-law class action lawsuits after a recent Second Circuit ruling prohibiting such debt buyers from invoking federal preemption defenses under the National Bank Act to...more

Valid at Inception Rule Shot Down by the Second Circuit

Marketplace lenders and investors that purchase interests in loans originated by banks should pay close attention as it could spawn a host of class action lawsuits if left standing. In a controversial opinion decided on...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

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