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FTC Releases Agenda And Panelists For Upcoming Military Consumer Financial Workshop

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 19, the Federal Trade Commission will hold a workshop in San Antonio titled the “2017 Military Consumer Financial Workshop: Protecting Those Who Protect Our Nation.” The FTC has uploaded an agenda and list of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

SCOTUS Says Debt Purchasers Are Not Debt Collectors

by Baker Donelson on

Debt purchasers attempting to collect on those debts across multiple jurisdictions now have uniform law that they are not debt collectors subject to the FDCPA. On June 12, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme...more

So Who Really Is A ‘Debt Collector’ Under The FDCPA?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act became law in 1977, it promised to regulate the conduct of anyone who “regularly collects or attempts to collect … debts owed or due … another.” But the courts have divided over...more

U.S. Supreme Court Excludes Banks Collecting Purchased Delinquent Debt from Definition of “Debt Collector” under the FDCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Banks and other consumer finance firms that purchase delinquent debt and then collect on their own behalf are not “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. However, this limitation still...more

Supreme Court Decides Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16–349, holding that a company may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory definition of...more

SCOTUS’s FDCPA Opinion in Henson v. Santander: It’s Not Debt Collection When You Own It

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.—Justice Gorsuch’s first as a Supreme Court Justice. The question presented was whether “individuals and entities...more

CFPB Announces Changes to its Debt Collection Rulemaking: An Advocacy Win for the Industry

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, during a public session of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Consumer Advisory Board meeting, Director Richard Cordray announced that the CFPB was changing course on one key aspect...more

CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules May Be Coming Sooner Than Some in the Industry Anticipated

Last week, at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting in Washington D.C., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray provided an update on one of the most highly anticipated areas in the debt collection...more

New Report Finds Debt Collection Activities Increases Access to Credit, Particularly for Consumers with Poor Credit

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In recent remarks, CFPB Director Richard Cordray noted, albeit passingly, the significant role debt collection activities play in the healthy maintenance of consumer credit markets. “Responsible debt collectors that do their...more

CFPB to seek OMB approval of survey on debt collection disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a notice published earlier this week in the Federal Register, the CFPB announced that it plans to seek OMB approval to conduct an online survey of approximately 8,000 individuals as part of its research on debt collection...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs in on Article III Standing

The Fourth Circuit recently examined the issue of Article III standing in the context of the FDCPA. In Ben-Davies v. Blibaum & Associates, P.A., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9667 (4th Cir. June 1, 2017), the consumer sought to...more

CFPB May 2017 complaint report highlights complaints from older consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its May 2017 complaint report highlighting complaints from “older consumers,” who the CFPB defines as consumers who voluntarily reported their age as 62 or older.  The CFPB reports that consumers...more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

Law Firm-Issued Collections Letters Continue to Pose High Risks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit in Ohio district court against the Weltman, Weinburg & Reis law firm (WWR), alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA)...more

CFPB: Incorrect Representations Regarding Debt Amounts are Actionable, Even if Made to a Consumer's Lawyer

by Baker Donelson on

In a recent amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took the position that a debt collector violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

CFPB Settlements: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground by imposing a fine – in excess of a million dollars – against a consumer financial services company for allegedly violating the terms of...more

Texas Court Holds FDCPA Requires Snail Mail

by Carlton Fields on

A debt collector runs afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) if it fails to mail its response to a consumer’s request for verification of debt, ruled a Texas federal judge in Ghanta v. Immediate Credit...more

CFPB Continues Expansive Approach to UDAAP Claims and Focus on Online Lending

by Baker Donelson on

On April 27, the CFPB took action against four online lenders – Golden Valley Lending, Inc., Silver Cloud Financial, Inc., Mountain Summit Financial, Inc. and Majestic Lake Financial, Inc. for deceiving consumers by...more

CFPB's Monthly Report Focuses on Student Loan Products

The CFPB’s most recent monthly report on consumer complaints spotlights student loans. The report is a high level snapshot of trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume of complaints by product...more

CFPB April 2017 complaint report highlights student loan complaints, complaints from Nevada consumers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued its April 2017 complaint report that highlights student loan complaints. The report also highlights complaints from consumers in Nevada and the Las Vegas metro area....more

CFPB weighs in on Eighth Circuit’s competent attorney standard, standing to bring FDCPA claim

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB recently submitted an amicus brief to the Eighth Circuit, arguing that a debt collector cannot avoid liability under the FDCPA when it falsely represents the amount of a debt to a consumer’s attorney, rather than to...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #4

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - State Regulators Sue OCC Over Federal FinTech Charter. On April 26, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in the U.S. District Court for...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

State AGs criticize ED withdrawal of Obama student loan servicing policy direction

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A group of 20 state attorneys general, the D.C. attorney general, and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticizing...more

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