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CFPB highlights unlawful practices relating to mortgage and student loan servicing, debt collection, electronic fund transfers and...

While mortgage and student loan servicing violations cited by the CFPB in its Fall 2014 Supervisory Highlights have grabbed the headlines, the report also includes noteworthy observations regarding the violations found by the...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 10/29/2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

Spouse-Guarantor Rule: A Split Between Federal Circuit Courts

When a closely-held entity applies for a loan, the financial institution usually requires the entity’s owner(s) to guaranty the loan. If the owner is married, the financial institution may also require the owner(s) spouse(s)...more

Third Circuit Reverses Lower Court Decision, Rules Envelope Revealing Consumer’s Account Number Violates the FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a lower court’s holding that the disclosure of a consumer’s account is not a “benign” disclosure and, therefore, violates the FDCPA. Douglass v. Convergent...more

CFPB And FTC To Hold Roundtable On Debt Collection In The Latino Community

On October 23, the CFPB and the FTC will hold a roundtable to discuss the effects of debt collection and credit reporting in the Latino community....more

California District Court Certifies “Not Inherently Unascertainable” Consumer Class

In addition to the explicit Rule 23(a) requirements of numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation, an implied prerequisite to certification is that the class must be sufficiently definite: that is,...more

Should I Fight My Midland Funding Lawsuit if I Owe the Money?

I believe many people don’t fight back against debt buyers like Midland Funding, LLC because they believe that they owe the money so why fight it? In this article I want to give you three reasons why you should fight back...more

Second Circuit Adopts FCC’s Narrow Construction of “Implied” Express Consent for Autodialed Calls to Cell Phones

This updates our report last summer on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) letter brief filed at the invitation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau, which...more

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Express Consent Narrowed Again

Albert Nigro just wanted to turn off his deceased mother-in-law’s electricity. He called the electric company, but it required that he provide his mobile telephone number to disconnect service. It turned out though that the...more

Debt Collector’s Automated Calls Did Not Fall within TCPA’s ‘Prior Express Consent’ Exception, Second Circuit Holds

Yesterday, the Second Circuit held that a plaintiff did not provide his “prior express consent” under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to automated calls to his cell phone when he gave his cell phone...more

The Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms FCC’s Authority To Coordinate National TCPA Policy And Ensure Uniformity Of Enforcement in Mais v....

Courts that have confronted the application of the “prior express consent” requirement of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, see 47 U.S.C. § 227 – a.k.a., the TCPA – have in the main taken their cues from and adhered to...more

Complying with the Florida Consumer Collection Practice Act

In addition to ensuring compliance with the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), lenders should take precautions to limit its exposure to claims under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA). For...more

Can I Recover My Attorney’s Fees in My Lawsuit with Unifund (or Portfolio Recovery Associates, or CACH, LLC, or Cavalry SPV) ?

Cost is always one of the main concerns when it comes to deciding whether or not you will fight your debt collection lawsuit with Unifund (or Portfolio Recovery Associates, or CACH, LLC, or Cavalry SPV). Most people being...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

How Wage Garnishment Works in Arizona

While there is no good time to have your wages garnished it seems that many people get hit at the worst possible time. In Arizona once a creditor has sued you and has a judgment against you they can garnish up to 25% of each...more

CFPB Continues Focus on Latino Community

The CFPB and the FTC have announced that the agencies will host a joint roundtable entitled, “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” on October 23, 2014. The roundtable will examine how debt collection and credit...more

Tough Choices Confront Trade Creditors When a Retailer Faces Bankruptcy

The Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and officially ended in September 2009, has been especially hard on U.S. retailers, and its impact likely will be felt for many more years. Retailers sustained record-breaking...more

Sued by Midland Funding? 3 Reasons Trial May Not Be a Good Option

Most of the Midland Funding lawsuits I defend on behalf of my clients end up in trial. It is my experience that Midland Funding often doesn’t give decent settlements offers prior to trial and the odds of winning your lawsuit...more

Legal Alert: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a...more

Reasons You May Want to Change the Judge in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Judges are people too. And often, particularly in the Arizona Justice Court System, the judge assigned to your case can greatly impact the outcome of your debt collection lawsuit. Judges each come to the bench with their...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Debt Collector Had “Prior Express Consent” From Debtor Whose Wife Provided Number on Hospital...

This week the Eleventh Circuit held that a debt collector had “prior express consent” from a debtor whose wife had provided his wireless number on a hospital admission form. Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Inc., No....more

The Dangers in Representing Yourself in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

I fully understand that in many debt collection lawsuits it doesn’t make a lot of sense for people to hire a lawyer. If you are being sued by a debt buyer like Midland Funding for $1,000 it doesn’t make a lot of sense to...more

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Refusal to Honor FCC’s TCPA Debt Collection Declaratory Ruling, Fosters Uniformity on TCPA’s Autodialing...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has brought a bit of legal balance back to automated debt collection calls, and reminded lower courts that when it comes to claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

When Can a Debt Collector Contact My Employer or Family?

A common tactic used by debt collectors is to contact your friends, family or to call you at work. The debt collectors fully understand that this humiliates you and puts you in fear of losing your job. And because you want...more

FTC Announces Settlements Against Debt Collection Practice And Its Principles

On September 23, the Federal Trade Commission released a statement announcing the settlement of claims and a default judgment against a debt collection operation based out of Atlanta and Cleveland and its principles, barring...more

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