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California District Court Denies Motion to Strike Rule 68 Offer of Judgment to Putative Class Representative, But Grants Motions...

In a recent case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, a plaintiff brought a putative class action alleging that defendants, a creditor and a debt collection firm, sent debt collection...more

FDCPA Is Violated When Consumer’s Account Number Is Visible through Window of Debt Collector’s Envelope, Third Circuit Holds

In a precedential opinion rendered last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the disclosure of a consumer’s account number through the transparent window of a debt collector’s envelope violates...more

Pair of Missouri Supreme Court Cases Potentially Expand Liability for Lenders, Servicers, Debt Buyers and Debt Collectors

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court released two decisions on the same day that expanded Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) with regard to the origination and servicing of real estate mortgage loans. The effect of...more

The Third Circuit Limits the “Benign Language” Exception to the FDCPA Without Endorsing It

Among other things, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prohibits a debt collector from using “any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by use of...more

Fourth Circuit Holds That Debtors Are Not Required To Dispute Debt In Writing To State A Claim Under FDCPA

On August 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of a debt collector’s motion for judgment as a matter of law because, under the FDCPA, debtors are not required to dispute...more

Court Denies Remand Holding CAFA’s Amount In Controversy Requirement Was Met

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied plaintiff’s renewed motion to remand, holding that defendants had demonstrated that it was plausible that CAFA’s amount in controversy requirement...more

Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act Applies to Anyone Collecting a Debt

The Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”) prohibits anyone attempting to collect a debt from using certain types of abusive, deceptive, and misleading tactics. In a recent decision, Florida’s Second District...more

Make Debt Collectors Validate the Debt

I do a lot of trials in debt collection cases against debt buyers such as Midland Funding, Encore Capital, Portfolio Recovery, and Calvary SPV. A common tactic of these debt buying companies at trial is to bring up the issue...more

Have You Been Sued by Unifund CCR in Arizona?

Unifund CCR is one of the larger debt buying companies out there and they file a lot of lawsuits against consumers in Arizona. Debt buyers like Unifund claim that they have purchased old charged off debts and then file debt...more

Sixth Circuit Establishes ‘Baseline’ Information To Verify a Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently articulated a standard for verifying a debt under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in Haddad v. Alexander, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC. The FDCPA...more

NY Department of Financial Services Issues Revised Proposed Debt Collection Rules

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) recently issued revised proposed debt collection regulations, which have important implications concerning charged-off and time-barred debt, for third-party debt collectors...more

New York AG, FTC Bring Major Action against Debt Collection Operation

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a joint debt collection enforcement action that had been filed in June in federal court in Buffalo, New York, against several corporations...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing a Time-Barred Proof of Claim in a Bankruptcy Proceeding Violates the FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) provides that debt collectors “may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” Nor may a debt collector...more

CFPB Report Focuses On Nonbank Financial Institutions

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlighted the agency’s supervisory efforts with regard to nonbank financial institutions like payday lenders, debt collectors, and consumer reporting...more

CFPB highlights unlawful practices by consumer reporting agencies, debt collectors and payday lenders

In its Spring 2014 Supervisory Highlights report issued yesterday, the CFPB highlighted deficiencies and violations it found during examinations of consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), debt collectors and payday lenders. The...more

“Stop Calling My Work!” – Understanding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Pressure. Debt collectors want you to feel the pressure. And nothing is going to put pressure on you to pay the debt collector money like them calling your job and discussing your personal financial information with...more

Cordray stresses individual accountability and service provider oversight in remarks to Chicago Fed

In remarks to the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank on May 9, Director Cordray outlined the past and future of the Bureau’s enforcement efforts. Director Cordray’s theme was to outline Bureau expectations in what he calls a “new...more

5 Illegal Tactics of Debt Collectors

I have found that many people who are going through a financial crisis just accept the punishment inflicted upon them by abusive debt collectors. It is almost as if they believe that abusive debt collection is the price to...more

New York Proposes Additional Reforms To Protect Consumers in Collection Lawsuits

For the second time in less than a year, the New York State Unified Court System has proposed affidavits that a plaintiff would be required to execute and file before seeking a default judgment in a consumer credit collection...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Rules on Debt Collector’s Alleged Violations of FDCPA

The United States Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss a borrower’s claim that a debt collection letter failed to provide adequate notice of her right to dispute the validity of the debt....more

When it Comes to Answering Debt Collection Lawsuits – Keep it Simple

The other day a client hired me to help them in fighting debt buyer Midland Funding. I drafted the Answer – the document that is submitted in response to the Complaint filed by Midland. I was reviewing it with the client...more

Can I collect my judgment if the other side is appealing? [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Appellate lawyer Kathi Sandweiss talks about what will happen if the opposing party decides to appeal. She also talks about whether or not you are required to appear in court if the other...more

2 Things You Can Learn from My Latest Debt Buyer Trial

Recently I had a trial where a debt buyer had sued one of my clients. When debt buyers like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, and CACH, LLC file lawsuits they often struggle to prove their case due to their lack of...more

Who is Cavalry SPV and Why are they Suing Me?

Cavalry SPV is a debt buyer who sues people here in Arizona. If you are in the stressful position of having been sued by Cavalry SPV your first thought was like “who in the world are these people?”. In fact, many people...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Inherent Writing Requirement Under FDCPA

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a lower court’s ruling holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act permits consumers to dispute the validity of a debt orally. Plaintiffs filed a class...more

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