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Financial Services Weekly News - October 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Swimming Against the Tide. As discussed below, the Trump administration’s plans for financial regulatory reform are beginning to take shape, especially in agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

No Notice: How Unnotified Creditors Can Violate a Discharge Injunction

by Bryan Cave on

Here is the scenario: You are a creditor. You hold clear evidence of a debt that is not disputed by the borrower, an individual. That evidence of debt could be in the form of a note, credit agreement or simply an invoice. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Continues To Explore Definition Of Debt Collector

An unpublished opinion from the Eleventh Circuit continues its analysis of the definition of a debt collector and continues to narrow the applicability of the FDCPA. As many may recall, the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion in...more

District Court Provides Successful Road Map for Bona Fide Error Defense

The FDCPA, through section 1692d(6), prohibits a debt collector from placing telephone calls to a debtor “without meaningful disclosure of the caller’s identity.” 15 U.S.C. § 1692d(6). The FDCPA also includes a “bona fide...more

FTC announces coordinated enforcement initiative with state AGs targeting student loan debt relief providers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last Friday, as expected, the FTC announced the launch of a coordinated federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief companies. ...more

FTC targets student loan debt relief companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent flurry of FTC enforcement activity targeting companies offering student loan debt relief services suggests such companies could be the subject of the announcement scheduled for tomorrow “of a major coordinated...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

By now, most people that follow financial news are aware that the amount of troubled healthcare related companies are on the rise, which by its very nature, causes more distressed healthcare related debt in the market....more

Key Takeaways From the CFPB’s Final Rule On Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans

On October 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its long-anticipated final rule on small dollar lending, which covers payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans. The final...more

CFPB’s $21.6 Million Settlement Concerning Student Loan Servicing and Debt Collection in Doubt

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As Enforcement Watch reported in late September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had filed a proposed consent judgment in the United States District Court for Delaware to resolve claims...more

Auto-finance companies agree to pay nearly $800,000 to settle Justice Department allegations regarding SCRA auto repossession...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Westlake Services LLC and its subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Capital LLC, have agreed to pay $760,788 to resolve allegations the companies violated the...more

Court Tosses CFPB Suit as Discovery Sanction

A Georgia federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) against four payment processors as a sanction for demonstrating a “blatant disregard” for the court’s...more

Seventh Circuit Holds Voice Mail Message Is A Communication

The Seventh Circuit has held that a voice mail message left for a consumer is a “communication” under the FDCPA. In Hart v. Credit Control, LLC, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18375 (11th Cir. Sept, 22, 2017), the debt collector left...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Voicemails Are "Communications" and Clarifies "Meaningful Disclosure" under the FDCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Eleventh Circuit held that a first voicemail from a debt collector constitutes a “communication” based on a plain reading of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In addition, in a case of first...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Democrat Peter Neronha Declares Candidacy for Rhode Island Attorney General- Democrat Peter Neronha formally announced his bid to become Rhode Island AG in 2018. Neronha served as U.S. Attorney for the...more

The IRS is Garnishing My Wages or Taking My Bank Account: What Do I Do? Collection Due Process Relief (Part 9)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

If an individual or business owes but has not paid federal taxes, the IRS will make efforts to collect these taxes. The IRS will first send a series of notices requesting payment, but if the taxpayer does not respond to the...more

CFPB, Student Loan Securitizer, and Debt Collector Agree to Combined $21.6 Million Settlement for Alleged Illegal Collection...

by Goodwin on

On September 18, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it had entered into a settlement and proposed consent judgment with a student loan owner and securitizer, and a separate consent judgment...more

Eleventh Circuit: Voicemail Constitutes Communication Under the FDCPA, But Disclosure of Individual’s Identity Is Not Required

by Burr & Forman on

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a voicemail constitutes a “communication” under the FDCPA, and can thus trigger the mini-Miranda requirement, but an individual collecting on behalf of a...more

The Court as a Collection Agency

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Security for judgment is an exceptional remedy only granted in exceptional circumstances. The court prefers to leave debt collection under the auspices of the Civil Enforcement Act. Nevertheless, exceptional circumstances do...more

Trends In IRS Compliance Activities Through Fiscal Year 2016

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 11, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued its final report discussing IRS compliance activities through fiscal year 2016 (the federal government’s fiscal year begins on...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Illinois Attorney General Will Not Seek Reelection in 2018; Democrats Scott Drury and Kwame Raoul Announce Bid for Seat- Illinois AG Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, announced on her campaign website that she will...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

CFPB Releases Summer 2017 Supervisory Highlights

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week the CFPB released its Summer 2017 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervisory activities generally completed between January through June of 2017. The report touts the $14 million total restitution...more

Second Circuit Holds Contractually Provided Consent Cannot Be Revoked

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Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv (2nd Cir. August 21, 2017) - Plaintiff leased a car from Defendant. A term of the lease stated: You [Reyes] also expressly consent and agree that Lessor...more

The CFPB Says Fees and Fee-Related Disclosures For Payments-By-Phone May Constitute an Unfair and Deceptive Practice and Violate...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a Compliance Bulletin released July 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) cautioned covered persons and service providers that fees for pay-by-phone services (called “phone pay fees”) may run afoul of...more

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