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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

Eleventh Circuit Holds Collection Fee Based On Percentage Of Principal Owed In Violation Of Contract Terms Violated FDPCA

On January 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that a debt collector violated the FDCPA by collecting a fee based on a percentage of the principal owed when the contract allowed a fee only for the...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlement with Debt Collector of Payday Loans

A settlement with the operator of five Buffalo-area debt collection companies announced on November 21, 2013, by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman marks the latest chapter in the Attorney General's targeting of...more

CFPB Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Debt Collection Rules

The CFPB published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on debt collection rules. As part of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB was given authority to issue rules for debt collection under the FDCPA, which had not authorized...more

CFPB launches debt collection rulemaking process

Just after midnight last night, the CFPB took a significant step towards the issuance of debt collection regulations by releasing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR). The ANPR seeks comment on an array of issues...more

Sued by CACH, LLC? What to Expect from the Arizona Justice Court System

If you have been sued by CACH, LLC, or one of the other debt buyers, you have probably felt a lot of different emotions – with fear of the unknown likely rising to the top! However, understanding the process you are going...more

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