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CFPB Supervisory Highlights – January 2016 to April 2016

On June 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released the twelfth edition of its Supervisory Highlights report (“Report”), which focused on supervision work completed between January and April 2016. The...more

Ninth Circuit Case of First Impression Holds That FDCPA Notice Requirement Applies to Subsequent Collectors of Same Debt

Action Item: The Ninth Circuit reversed the Arizona District Court’s summary judgment in favor of a defendant debt collector in an action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In a case of first impression, the Ninth...more

CFPB touts initiatives in “fact sheets”

To commemorate its fifth anniversary, the CFPB released a series of “fact sheets” touting its initiatives. The “fact sheets” consist of the following: CFPB: By the numbers. The CFPB lists various statistics, such as...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 22, 2016

Lis Pendens: a party seeking to maintain a lis pendens must establish a “fair nexus” between the party’s claim and the subject property by making “a minimal showing that there is at least some basis for the underlying claim...more

CFPB’s Proposed Rule Banning Use of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements to Block Consumer Class Actions Signals New Wave of Class...

On May 5, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) published a proposed rule which would prohibit application of pre-dispute arbitration agreements to class litigation involving a broad range of consumer...more

Against the Grain: Bankruptcy Court Allows FDCPA Claim to Proceed Despite Res Judicata Argument

Few issues involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) are more hotly contested than whether filing a proof of claim on a time-barred debt violates the FDCPA. In bankruptcy, creditors have a right to file proofs...more

FTC Settles with Fraudulent Debt Collectors for Millions as Operation Collection Protection Continues

On July 14, 2016, the FTC announced that, as part of an ongoing crackdown on deceptive collection practices, it reached a settlement with two debt collectors and three companies charged with using illegal collection tactics....more

CFPB: The Quarterly Review - July 2016

In This Issue: •The CFPB Speaks •Rulemaking •Debt Collection •Payday Lending •Mortgages •Upcoming in 2016 - In the second quarter of 2016, the CFPB continued its strong pace of activity, initiating two...more

Midland Funding Continues to Flood Arizona Courts with Debt Collection Lawsuits

Midland Funding continues to flood Arizona courts with debt collection lawsuits filed against Arizona consumers. Last year I pulled the data in October 2015 as to the number of lawsuits filed by junk debt buyers like Midland...more

A Closer Look at the CFPB’s Proposed Short-Term Lending Rule

As we previously reported in our June 3, 2016 client alert, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for short-term loans (“Proposed Rule”). In this follow-up alert, we take...more

TCPA Connect - July 2016

FCC: U.S. Government Is Not a Person Under TCPA - In response to petitions filed by three government contractors seeking clarification that the federal government and its agents were exempt from liability under the...more

Debt Buyers Should Exhaust All Avenues When Investigating Credit Report Disputes

Last week, the 11th Circuit issued an opinion reversing and remanding a prior decision from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia related to the proper verification of debts when a consumer...more

5 Reasons Why You Need a Lawyer in Your Arizona Debt Collection Lawsuit

Junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, Cavalry SPV, CACH, LLC, and Cortez Investment files thousands debt collection cases in Arizona courts every month. Most of these cases don’t end well. In fact, over...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Do Not Even Attempt to Call Massachusetts Consumers More Than Twice in a 7-Day Period to Collect Their...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Court holds placing more than two debt collection calls to a Massachusetts consumer debtor In a seven-day period can violate the Massachusetts debt collection regulations even if the debtor does not answer...more

CFPB Continues Scrutiny of Payday Loans in Recent Report and Proposed Rule

Online payday loans can result in an array of "steep, hidden costs" for borrowers, according to the latest payday loan report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The report precedes potential new regulatory...more

UK Litigation in a Post Brexit World

As in so many other areas, the effect of the decision to leave the European Union in the referendum on 23 June 2016 on litigation in England and Wales in still highly uncertain. There are a number of issues that the UK...more

CFPB Sanctions Law Firm and Debt Buyer For Failing to Review Account Documentation

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered an enforcement order against New Jersey law firm Pressler and Pressler and its debt-buyer client, New Century Financial Services, for pursuing hundreds of...more

CFPB to hold July 28 debt collection field hearing

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a field hearing about debt collection on July 28, 2016 in Sacramento, California. We expect the field hearing to coincide with the CFPB’s release of an outline of the proposals it is...more

Even Members of Congress Are Confused by the FCC’s Latest Ruling

I was contemplating a monthly column given the confusion surrounding the FCC’s recent rulings. I guess I better make it weekly. Here’s this week’s episode....more

Credit Reporting Complaints on the Rise

Every month, the CFPB publishes its "Monthly Complaint Report," which provides a snapshot of complaints received by consumers. Specifically, with respect to credit reporting complaints, in the most recent issue, the CFPB...more

D.C. Circuit Limits Government's Ability to Collect on Personal Debt by Garnishing Assets of Closely Held Corporation, Reverses...

On July 8, 2016, the D.C. Circuit clarified the limits of the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA). The Court held under D.C. and federal law that the government cannot satisfy a judgment against a co-owner and...more

District Court Holds Professional Plaintiff Lacks Article III Standing to Bring TCPA Action Under Supreme Court’s Spokeo, Inc. v....

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (U.S. May 16, 2016), it is clear that “Article III standing requires a concrete injury even in the context of a statutory violation,” such that a...more

District of Columbia Settles Unlawful Collection Claims Against Debt Collector

On June 21, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia announced a settlement with a debt collector for alleged violations of the District’s debt collection and consumer protection laws. Specifically, the District...more

Arkansas AG Settles Payday Lending Lawsuit for $750,000

On June 24, the Arkansas Attorney General (AG) announced a settlement with three entities and two individuals, resolving allegations that the defendants conspired to offer illegal payday loans to consumers online while...more

Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA

Happy Independence Day! While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right,...more

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