Debt Collectors

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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

FTC Announces New Initiative: Operation Collection Protection

On November 4, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other law enforcement authorities announced the first coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The...more

Newly Announced FTC "Operation Collection Protection" Targets Debt Collectors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced today a major law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. "Operation Collection Protection" is a nationwide initiative that the FTC is...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

CFPB Sanctions Midland Funding – What it Means for your Arizona Debt Collection Case

Recently I wrote about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) sanctioning Midland Funding and its sister companies Midland Credit Management, Asset Acceptance, and parent company Encore Capital. After a thorough...more

CFPB Orders Auto Finance Company to Pay Over Three Million for Alleged Unfair Debt Collection Practices

On October 28, the CFPB filed an administrative order against an Ohio-based auto lender specializing in extending credit to servicemembers. The CFPB alleged that the company violated the CFPA by engaging in unfair, abusive,...more

CFPB Releases Monthly Complaint Report for September

On October 27, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest Monthly Complaint Report, which provides an overview of three-month trends in consumer complaints. This Monthly Complaint Report also...more

FDCPA “Communication” Must Imply Existence of a Debt, Sixth Circuit Rules

A voicemail message should not be considered a “communication” that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled, unless the message at least...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decisions Clarify "Debt Collector" Status Under the FDCPA

Recent decisions within the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals have clarified two required elements needed to support a viable claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA),...more

CFPB highlights credit card complaints in fourth monthly complaint report

The CFPB has issued its October 2015 complaint report, the fourth in its new series of monthly complaint reports. The new report highlights credit card complaints and complaints from consumers in the Chicago, Illinois metro...more

CFPB urged to consider “unintended consequences” of debt collection regulations

A new article by Todd Zywicki for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University urges the CFPB to consider the “unintended consequences” of new debt collection regulations and conduct a careful cost-benefit analysis before...more

Georgia Court Sheds Light on CFPB’s Power to Sue Companies that ‘Recklessly Provide Substantial Assistance’

On September 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) won an important decision in which a federal court, for the first time, interpreted the meaning of “recklessly provid[ing] substantial assistance” under...more

Court: Debtor Cannot Use FDCPA as Enforcement Mechanism for Arbitration Provision

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it filed a summary judgment motion in a collection action after the debtor had sought enforcement of a credit card agreement’s arbitration...more

"Phantom" Debt Collectors Actually Sued by FTC, Banned From Business

Why it matters - The operators of a scam that processed more than $5.2 million in payments from consumers for payday loans that were not owed to the operators are now banned from the debt collection business, the Federal...more

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