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Stop Allowing Creditors to Have Power Over You

I almost have my car paid off and last night I called into the bank to get some information on the payoff. I went through the normal hoops of providing them with account information and the last four digits of my social...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 11/19/2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

Responding Effectively to Third-Party Subpoenas

It is your lucky day!! A subpoena comes in the mail and makes its way to your desk. The subpoena comes from a creditor involved in a lawsuit with one of your employees and demands that you produce copies of your employee’s...more

CFPB issues snapshot of debt collection complaints filed by older consumers

The CFPB’s Office of Older Americans has issued a report titled “a snapshot of debt collection complaints submitted by older consumers,” which provides information drawn from complaints submitted to the CFPB from July 2013 to...more

Debt Buyers Win 94.3% of Their Cases by Default Judgment – How You Can Avoid Being a Statistic

A few years back four consumer advocacy groups did a study on debt buyers’ abusive collection lawsuits in New York City. The findings were pretty shocking. Here is a handful of what they found...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - 10/23/2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the...more

Third Circuit Holds that Envelope Revealing Consumer’s Account Number Violates the FDCPA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an envelope revealing a consumer’s account number through a clear plastic window constitutes a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In doing so,...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Debt Collector Had “Prior Express Consent” From Debtor Whose Wife Provided Number on Hospital...

This week the Eleventh Circuit held that a debt collector had “prior express consent” from a debtor whose wife had provided his wireless number on a hospital admission form. Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Inc., No....more

When Can a Debt Collector Contact My Employer or Family?

A common tactic used by debt collectors is to contact your friends, family or to call you at work. The debt collectors fully understand that this humiliates you and puts you in fear of losing your job. And because you want...more

FTC Announces Settlements Against Debt Collection Practice And Its Principles

On September 23, the Federal Trade Commission released a statement announcing the settlement of claims and a default judgment against a debt collection operation based out of Atlanta and Cleveland and its principles, barring...more

5 Reasons Consumers Should Sue Abusive Debt Collectors Under the FDCPA

Despite popular belief that Americans are a litigious bunch always looking for a good lawsuit, I haven’t experienced this in my law practice in Arizona. Particularly when it comes to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Collection Practices Plaintiffs Try End Run Around Florida Punitive Damages Laws

In Florida, debtor-side attorneys are asserting a novel legal argument to bring punitive damages claims at an earlier stage, pursuant to the civil remedies section of Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act, Section...more

Ahead: CFPB Regulations of Creditors Collecting Own Consumer Debts?

The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the Act) was enacted in 1977 to end abusive consumer debt collection practices by debt collectors, while insuring that collectors who don’t engage in such practices...more

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

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