Debt Collectors

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CFPB Takes Action Against Co-Founders of California Online Lead Aggregator

On April 21, the CFPB filed two complaints against individual operators of an online lead aggregator for their alleged involvement in the company’s practice of reselling consumers’ sensitive personal data to lenders and debt...more

Sued by Cortez Investment Co. ? We Can Help.

Have you been sued by Cortez Investment Co., LLC? If you live in Arizona and have fallen behind on a Citibank credit card there is a good chance you could get sued by Cortez Investment Co. through their lawyers at the...more

FDCPA Claims Related to Venue of State Court Collection and Garnishment Action Barred by Statute of Limitations and Rooker-Feldman...

Michael Marienthal v. Asset Acceptance, LLC and Wright, Lerch, & Litow, LLP, No. 1:14-1636, 2016WL795902 (SD. Ind.) - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted debt collector and law firm’s...more

The CFPB's New Debt Collection Rule is Coming

The CFPB published its fifth annual report summarizing activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) on March 22. The report does not provide a date to expect the CFPB's new rule on debt collection,...more

Of ECOA and the FDCPA – A Tie in the Supreme Court and A Fourth Circuit Win for Debt Collection

It was a busy week in the fabled halls of justice last week as judges undoubtedly worked to get out a few more opinions before Easter break. Two opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

How Facebook Can Help You Eliminate a Default Judgment

Every single day I meet with people in my law practice who come to me with a wage garnishment stemming from a judgment that, until now, they had no knowledge of. In order to garnish wages it is generally necessary to file a...more

The Least Sophisticated Consumer Just Got Even Less Sophisticated: New FDCPA Disclosure Requirements for Debt Collectors Created...

Just last week, the Second Circuit applied the least sophisticated consumer standard of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the FDCPA) to effectively conclude that a consumer cannot be expected to know that when they are...more

Fourth Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Apply to Consumer Finance Company Collecting Debt on Its Own Behalf, Even if It Acquired the...

Reed Smith secured a precedential victory in the Fourth Circuit for client Santander Consumer USA Inc., holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) does not apply to a consumer finance company trying to...more

Solicitor General to participate in SCOTUS oral argument in FDCPA case

On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case in which the CFPB joined the Solicitor General in filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. The court...more

A Consumer’s Guide to Midland Funding Debt Collection Lawsuits (pt. 2) – Service of the Summons and Complaint

Even though Midland Funding is a debt collector its business model really isn’t about calling you on the phone or sending you threatening letters – they sue people. And they do so in huge numbers. In 2008 Midland filed more...more

Alaska Supreme Court Extends FDCPA Coverage to Trustees Involved in Non-Judicial Foreclosures

In Alaska Trustee, LLC and Stephen Routh v. Brett Ambridge and Josephine Ambridge, the Alaska Supreme Court considered whether Alaska Trustee and Routh were “debt collectors” subject to liability under the Federal Debt...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of TCPA Claims Against Healthcare Providers’ Debt Collector

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the entry of summary judgment against plaintiffs who had not given their phone numbers to the debt collector that had called them or to the creditor to which they owed money. See Baisden v....more

Court: Debt Collector's Implicit Suggestion that Consumer Should Make Payment Within Dispute Period Violates FDCPA

A debt collector's implicit suggestion that a consumer should make a payment before the end of the 30-day dispute period violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a federal court in Missouri has ruled. In...more

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Plaintiff's Attempts to Turn Alleged "Clicking" and "Dead Air" into a TCPA Violation Rejected - Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-1780, 2015 WL 9286778 (7th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015) - The Seventh...more

Recent Case Law Hints at Possible Additional Defenses for Auto Finance Companies Hit With Debt Collection Lawsuits

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), debt collection is the leading source of consumer complaints. Many debt collection statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), provide for...more

A Cautionary Tale: FTC Warns Industry of Broad Meaning of “Debt Collector”

Although the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted decades ago, its amorphous scope continues to frustrate the industry. The FTC recently cautioned debt collectors and creditors alike of the surprising...more

FTC Announces New Enforcement Actions Under the Operation Collection Protection Initiative

On January 7, the FTC announced four separate actions under its Operation Collection Protection initiative against collectors allegedly engaging in abusive and deceptive debt collection practices. It also announced that other...more

Who Is Exempt From Liability For Deceptive Debt Collection Claims?

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear a dispute concerning allegations of deceptive debt collection by lawyers. The case, Sheriff v. Gillie, was brought under the Fair Debt Collection...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Lead Aggregators

On December 17, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced that it has taken action against lead aggregators that resold sensitive personal information to lenders and debt collectors. In a complaint...more

FTC provides advice to consumers on communicating with debt collectors

In a recent blog post, Dan Dwyer, a Staff Attorney with the FTC’s Division of Financial Practices, provided advice to assist consumers in communicating with a debt collector when the consumer does not recognize the debt. The...more

Debt Collectors Beware: FTC Takes Broad Reading of Activities Subject to FDCPA and Section 5

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned companies that they may not realize they are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Christopher Koegel, Assistant Director of the FTC Division of...more

How to Avoid a Process Server

I would guess that I meet with at least two people daily who tell me that they know a process server has been coming by the house but they have been avoiding him and the lawsuit they know the process server is bringing with...more

CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its ninth supervisory highlights report, which includes new findings from its supervisory program from May – August 2015. Overall, the report focuses on...more

FTC Unveils Nationwide Debt-Collection Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday announced that it would launch its first-ever coordinated, nationwide law enforcement effort targeting abusive and deceptive debt-collection practices. The initiative is known...more

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