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6th Circuit Rules Prior Express Consent Defeats Mortgagor TCPA Claim Against Lender

On August 21, the Cincinnati-based United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit issued its ruling in Hill v. Homeward Residential, Inc., 2015 WL 4978464 (6th Cir. August 21, 2015), and affirmed a jury verdict...more

Eleventh Circuit Examines “Debt Collector” Under the FDCPA

For those tracking Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) litigation for financial institutions and loan servicers, an opinion recently issued by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals provides new insight on the...more

Second Circuit: Transfer of Mortgage Servicing Rights Triggers FDCPA Disclosure Requirement

A federal appeals court has ruled that a nonbank mortgage servicer’s notice of servicing rights transfer sent pursuant to RESPA constitutes debt collection and thus triggers mandatory FDCPA disclosures. The Second Circuit...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that a Business Entity Is a "Person" for Purposes of FDCPA's Enforcement Provision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a limited liability company (“LLC”) constitutes a “person” within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the “Act”), in Anarion Investments LLC v....more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's case against Citibank for violations relating to credit card add-on products

Today we’re taking a look at the CFPB’s recent enforcement case against Citibank, N.A. (“Citibank”) and two of Citibank’s subsidiaries, Department Stores National Bank (“DSNB”) and Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) (“CCSI...more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

Eleventh Circuit: Entity Collecting Debt Acquired After Default Is Not Necessarily “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., a case closely followed by the financial services industry and handled by Burr & Forman, LLP, the Eleventh Circuit held that an entity collecting a debt that was acquired after...more

Rising Conflict Among Federal Courts – Whether an Account Number Visible on a Debt Collection Envelope Violates the FDCPA

Section 1692f(8) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) prohibits the use of any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by mail. The...more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Held Applicable to Statute-of-Limitation Mistakes of Law

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 559 U.S. 573 (2010), it is clear that the bona fide error defense set forth in section 1692k(c) of the Fair Debt Collection...more

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case applying “meaningful attorney involvement” standard to debt collection litigation

The CFPB, jointly with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, the case in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm...more

Something Else to Complain About: CFPB to Share Monthly "Snapshot" of Consumer Complaints

Why it matters - Already unhappy with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) creation of a public database of complaints featuring consumer narratives, financial institutions now have even more to worry about:...more

Dealing with Judicial Bias in Debt Collection Cases

Recently I was attending a pretrial conference at one of the local justice courts here in Arizona in one of the cases I have against Midland Funding, LLC. This type of court hearing is quite short (less than 5 minutes) and...more

CFPB: “F” is for “Foreclosure,” “FDCPA”

The CFPB has weighed in on whether a trustee foreclosing on a California home qualifies as a “debt collector” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In Ho v. ReconTrust, N.A. (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015), the Bureau...more

Illinois Amends Collection Agency Act

Illinois has amended provisions of the state Collection Agency Act, including extending the repeal of the Act from January 1, 2016, to January 1, 2026. The amendment makes changes concerning definitions, exemptions,...more

Debt Collection Agencies File Motion to Intervene in Support of Consolidated Appeal of FCC’s July 2015 Declaratory Ruling

As we previously noted, three petitions for review were filed in the immediate aftermath of the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling and Order, which were then consolidated and randomly assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for...more

What’s Next? Recent Actions Highlight CFPB’s Focus on Student Loans

Beginning with a May 2015 field hearing and request for information – and culminating consent order dated July 22, 2015 – recent actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlight its increasing focus on...more

Envelope’s Display of Barcode With Embedded Account Number Violates FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s...more

New York City Can Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct, Second Circuit Rules

New York City can regulate the conduct of attorneys engaged in debt collection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., the...more

Plaintiff’s Counsel Concedes Applicability of Arbitration Provision to TCPA Suit

The Eastern District of North Carolina recently granted a motion compelling arbitration in a TCPA case involving debt-collection calls allegedly made to plaintiff’s cellular telephone. See Rice v. Credit One Fin., No....more

CFPB to participate in Dallas FTC debt collection program

The CFPB will be participating in the FTC’s second “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 29, 2015. Gregory Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to be a...more

Dodd-Frank at 4: Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here? As we mark another milestone in regulatory reform with the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, it strikes us that although most studies required to be undertaken by the Act...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV...more

CFPB sends debt collection questionnaire

The CFPB has sent a questionnaire which, according to the CFPB’s accompanying cover letter, is intended to help the CFPB “better understand operational costs and other factors associated with debt collection.” The cover...more

The CFPB Targets Lender’s Credit Card Division With More Than $200MM In Penalties

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has set its sights on debt collection practices again. In April, we wrote about the CFPB’s $63 million settlement with a mortgage servicer, Green Tree Mortgage, in part for...more

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