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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Scope of FDCPA

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On April 18, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, once again with nine justices sitting on the bench, heard oral arguments in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., No. 16-349, concerning the scope of the Federal Debt...more

Entering the FDCPA Safe Harbor Just Got More Difficult in the Second Circuit

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The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Carlin v. Davidson Fink LLP, No. 15-3105-cv (2d Cir. Mar. 29, 2017), has important ramifications for the debt collection industry....more

11th Circuit Clarifies FDCPA/FCCPA Issues Re Periodic Mortgage Statements After Bankruptcy

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In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017 WL 1350728 (11th Cir. April 12, 2017) the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal clarified important issues regarding the use of periodic mortgage statements after a bankruptcy...more

Federal District Court: Violation Of The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act — Without More — Counts As A Concrete Injury

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On March 24, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey concluded that an alleged violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” or the “Act”) — without more — counted as a “concrete...more

CFPB Files Complaint Against Ohio Debt Collection Law Firm Over Misrepresentations

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?On April 17, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against an Ohio-based debt collection law firm, alleging...more

District Court Takes Perplexing View on FDCPA Standing

An Illinois district court has taken a broad view of standing under section 1692e of the FDCPA. In Koval v. Harris & Harris, Ltd., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 53124 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 5, 2017), a demand letter addressed to Michael...more

IRS Announces That Private Tax Collectors Are Beginning Collection Work Now

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The Internal Revenue Service announced earlier this week that its private debt collection program is starting now. Beginning this week, the IRS will start sending letters to taxpayers whose overdue federal tax debts are...more

Misstated Summons Did Not Create FDCPA Violation

A summons which stated the consumer had thirty days to answer a debt collection suit did not violate the FDCPA when the state rules of civil procedure only provided for twenty days. In Bryant v. Kass Shuler, P.A., the...more

$1.90 Can’t Buy You an FDCPA Violation

A consumer who sued a debt collector over an inaccurate statement as to the amount of a settlement offer recently saw his complaint dismissed for lack of standing. In Allgire v. HOVG, LLC, the plaintiff was contacted...more

West Virginia Legislature Approves Amendments to WVCCPA

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The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee and the West Virginia Senate recently approved amendments to the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act (“WVCCPA”), West Virginia Code §§ 46A-1-101 et seq, which was last...more

CFPB issues 2017 FDCPA report

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The CFPB has issued its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s activities in 2016. According to the report’s section on complaints, the CFPB handled approximately 88,000 debt...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Municipal Debt Collector Over Alleged Abusive Debt Collection Practices

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?On March 24, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it entered into a consent order with a debt collection company, resolving allegations that the company engaged in unfair and abusive debt collection...more

State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Spark Major Expansion to Scope of Federal Debt Collection Law

Should a full-service consumer finance company be subject to federal debt collection law when it attempts to collect upon debt it purchased? Attorneys general from Maryland, the District of Columbia, California, New York, and...more

Misstated Summons Did Not Create FDCPA Violation

A summons which stated the consumer had thirty days to answer a debt collection suit did not violate the FDCPA when the state rules of civil procedure only provided for twenty days. In Bryant v. Kass Shuler, P.A., the...more

Collection Letter Containing Check Box To Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Federal Court Rules

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A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box the plaintiff could check to indicate she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a reason...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

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A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

The Madden Saga Continues: On Remand, Madden Survives Summary Judgment and District Court Certifies Class

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On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in part denied a renewed motion by Midland Funding, LLC (“Midland”) to dispose of claims brought by Saliha Madden (“Madden”) under the Fair...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017

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Editor's Note - In This Issue. The New York Department of Financial Services issued its highly anticipated cybersecurity regulation in its final form, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued updated guidance...more

Letter With Check Box to Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Court Rules

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A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box that the plaintiff could check to indicate that she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2016 debt collection activities

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The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2016.  The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - February 2017

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Seventh Circuit Finds Bank's Response to RESPA Request "Almost Perfect" - Perron v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Case No. 15-cv-2206 (7th Cir. 2017) - The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit...more

District Court Serves as a Reminder of the Limitations of Spokeo

A district court out of Missouri has served up a reminder as to the limitations of a motion to dismiss based upon subject matter jurisdiction. In May v. Consumer Adjustment Co., the consumer filed an FDCPA complaint is state...more

More Cy Pres Abuse in California Class Action Litigation

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We can’t stand “cy pres” distributions of class action settlement funds to non-litigants. We’ve blogged about this benighted doctrine many times. We fought against cy pres at in the ALI, and we’ve been fighting against it...more

Magistrate Judge Had Authority To Enter Final Judgment Without Consent Of Absent Class Members But Abused Discretion In Approving...

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The Ninth Circuit held that a magistrate judge was not required to obtain the consent of absent class members to approve a settlement in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case and to enter a final judgment after...more

Ninth Circuit: Trustees Are Not “Debt Collectors” Under the FDCPA

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A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit has created a circuit split regarding the interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In Vien-Phung Ho v. ReconTrust Co. et al., case no. 10-56884, the court held...more

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