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Partner Liability: Out of the Woods?

Debbett Runnup Partnership, a Texas general partnership, was sued by Widgets R Us in 2010 for failing to pay Widgets R Us invoices. Judgment was granted to Widgets in 2012 against Debbett Runnup for $300,000. After chasing...more

West Virginia Legislature Proposes Changes to the WVCCPA

West Virginia’s Legislature just concluded its 2015 session. Among the more than 260 bills sent to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is S.B. 542, which makes amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act...more

Before You Represent Yourself Against Midland Funding, Consider This…

Recently I met with a great woman who had been battling hard against junk debt buyer Midland Funding here in an Arizona court. Her preparation was more than adequate – she had a three-inch three-ring binder with all of her...more

CFPB Seeks Comments on Consumer Credit Card Market

On Tuesday, March 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a “Request for Information Regarding Credit Card Market.” It follows the 2009 CARD Act’s requirement that the CFPB conduct a review of the...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 3/18/2015

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 meaning...more

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Voidness Doctrine, Strikes Constitutional Finding in Collection Agency Dispute

In the closing days of February, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in LVNV Funding, Inc. v. Trice, a direct appeal from the Cook County Circuit Court. LVNV is noteworthy because it clears away ambiguous...more

CFPB Investigating Credit Card Market

The CFPB announced it is seeking public comment on how the credit card market is functioning and the impact of credit card protections on consumers and issuers. This public inquiry will focus on issues including credit card...more

CFPB supervisory report highlights violations in debt collection, consumer reporting, overdraft practices, mortgage origination,...

In its Winter 2015 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between July and December 2014, the CFPB highlights legal violations resolved using non-public supervisory actions involving debt...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 3/11/2015

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 meaning...more

New Day For RESPA: The UDAAPification Of Section 8

The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act has gone the "UDAAPified" way of debt collection — this time, through enforcement rather than guidance. In July 2013, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Bulletin 2013-07...more

Recent Uptick in Collection Lawsuits from FIA Card Service (Bank of America) in Arizona

Lately I have seen an pretty significant increase in the number of lawsuits filed by junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Unifund, and CACH, LLC on old charged-off Bank of America credit cards here in the Phoenix area. ...more

N.Y. DFS Provides Insight on Key Provisions of Its Debt Collection Regulations

At a recent DBA International Symposium on New York State’s debt collection rules and regulations, New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) Executive Deputy Superintendent Joy Feigenbaum clarified certain provisions in...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Involving Guarantor-Spouse’s Eligibility for ECOA Protection

On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments to resolve claims as to whether spousal guarantors could assert ECOA as a defense against a bank’s collection efforts requiring them to guarantee their spouse’s...more

Illinois Federal Court Leaves AMEX to Defend TCPA Claims Based on Third Party Actions

Recently, an Illinois federal court denied American Express’ (“AMEX”) motion for partial summary judgment, finding that AMEX can be directly liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) for debt collection and...more

Consumer advocate urges CFPB to ban debt sales with seller disclaimers

We recently wrote about a new report from the National Consumer Law Center that urges the CFPB to ban the collection of debts on which the statute of limitations has run. In a blog post that was published earlier this week on...more

CW04: 3 Biggest Mistakes When Drafting an Answer to a Debt Collection Lawsuit

T.M.I. – Too Much Information. People often put way too much unnecessary, and potentially harmful, information in their Answers. This is one of the biggest mistakes I see consumers make when they decide to draft their own...more

CW03: 3 Ways to Deal with Your Default Judgment

Did you know that over 95% of debt collection lawsuits end in a default judgment? Default judgments can wreck all kinds of havoc. Once a creditor is armed with a default judgment the creditor can do things like garnish...more

NY Attorney General, FTC Bring Joint Enforcement Actions against Debt Collectors

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission recently announced they had filed two joint federal court lawsuits against debt collectors in the Western District of New York. The Attorney General and FTC are...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 2/25/2015

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 meaning...more

CW02: How to Stop Debt Collectors from Calling Your Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

The job of a debt collector is to make you give them money. Debt collectors understand that if they can make you uncomfortable enough, whether it be through fear, embarrassment, or simply annoy unceasingly, that you will be...more

Second Circuit Affirms Certification of Consumer Debt Collection Class, Distinguishing Comcast v. Behrend

These cases, on a consolidated appeal, involved three defendants: a company that purchased consumer debts, a debt collection law firm, and a process server. Plaintiffs had each been sued in various debt collection actions by...more

New York Federal Court Denounces Debtor’s Attempt To Induce FDCPA Violation

A New York federal district court recently issued a strong denunciation of the practice of debtors attempting to induce debt collectors into committing violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Finding...more

State AGs and Regulators Step Up UDAAP Enforcement

Dodd-Frank created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and granted that federal agency significant powers to regulate financial institutions. But Dodd-Frank also empowers state regulators to enforce the new...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that a “Settlement Offer” is Misleading Under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act

What happens when a debt buyer sends a letter to a debtor offering to “settle” a debt—one whose statute of limitations has run? In the Sixth Circuit, at least, a claim that the communication violates the Fair Debt Collection...more

Protecting Consumer Data in Sale of Debt Portfolio

On February 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) describing its consumer protection efforts in 2014 in the area of debt collection. As reflected in the...more

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