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Payday Debt Collector, Servicer Must Forgive $12M

Shortly before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its payday loan rule, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a payday loan servicer and debt collector totaling...more

The Saga Continues: Who, Exactly, is a Debt Collector?

One overarching certainty of federal debt collection law seems to be prolonged uncertainty over its appropriate scope. Is this scope about to change yet again? One recent bill called the Practice of Law Technical...more

If the CFPB is Remiss, the Court Must Dismiss: CFPB Must Provide Facts to Support Its Claims

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Friday, August 25, 2017, a Federal District Court in the Northern District of Georgia took the extraordinary step of dismissing an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau")...more

Federal district court sanctions CFPB for deposition conduct; strikes four counts from complaint and dismisses defendants

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in Atlanta has granted the defendants’ motions for Rule 37 sanctions against the CFPB for its conduct in connection with the defendants’ depositions of CFPB witnesses. To sanction the CFPB, the court...more

CFPB files amicus brief in support of Education Dept. appeal seeking to overturn preliminary injunction barring student loan...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Education’s appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to vacate a preliminary injunction entered by the Court of Federal Claims that...more

CFPB Warns Against “Tricking Consumers” with Pay-by-Phone Fees

by Baker Donelson on

Regulated entities should be prepared to defend their policies and practices surrounding fee-based pay-by-phone options in light of new guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB released...more

Regulatory Alert: Debt Collection

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Among the announcements in its Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda, which was just released on July 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that later this year it plans to issue a Notice of Proposed...more

What Real Estate Settlement Service and Other Consumer Financial Services Providers Need to Know About the CFPB’s Final...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 10, 2017, in a surprise move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) issued its long awaited final rule on arbitration (Final Arbitration Rule). This rule-making has been a lightning rod issue for...more

House Financial Services subcommittee to hold July 12 hearing on community financial institution relief; bills to be examined...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 12, 2017, a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Examining Legislative Proposals to Provide Targeted Regulatory Relief to Community Financial Institutions.” The...more

Nutter Bank Report, June 2017

Supreme Court: Bank That Buys Debt for Its Own Account Is Not Debt Collector - The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a bank that collects on debts it has bought and holds “for its own account” is not a debt collector...more

Supreme Court Narrows FDCPA’s Definition of Debt Collector

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Debt buyers generally are considered “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). However, on June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., which resolved an...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

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Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

In Justice Gorsuch’s First Opinion, Supreme Court Holds That Debt Buyers Are Exempt From Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not apply to debt buyers, as opposed to debt collectors working on behalf of loan originators....more

Supreme Court Holds Debt Buyer Not Subject to FDCPA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Fourth Circuit’s decision in favor of Santander Consumer USA, Inc. (“Santander”) under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In his first written opinion, the...more

SCOTUS Says Debt Purchasers Are Not Debt Collectors

by Baker Donelson on

Debt purchasers attempting to collect on those debts across multiple jurisdictions now have uniform law that they are not debt collectors subject to the FDCPA. On June 12, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme...more

So Who Really Is A ‘Debt Collector’ Under The FDCPA?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act became law in 1977, it promised to regulate the conduct of anyone who “regularly collects or attempts to collect … debts owed or due … another.” But the courts have divided over...more

U.S. Supreme Court Excludes Banks Collecting Purchased Delinquent Debt from Definition of “Debt Collector” under the FDCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Banks and other consumer finance firms that purchase delinquent debt and then collect on their own behalf are not “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. However, this limitation still...more

Supreme Court Decides Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16–349, holding that a company may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory definition of...more

SCOTUS’s FDCPA Opinion in Henson v. Santander: It’s Not Debt Collection When You Own It

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.—Justice Gorsuch’s first as a Supreme Court Justice. The question presented was whether “individuals and entities...more

CFPB Announces Changes to its Debt Collection Rulemaking: An Advocacy Win for the Industry

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, during a public session of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Consumer Advisory Board meeting, Director Richard Cordray announced that the CFPB was changing course on one key aspect...more

Fourth Circuit Weighs in on Article III Standing

The Fourth Circuit recently examined the issue of Article III standing in the context of the FDCPA. In Ben-Davies v. Blibaum & Associates, P.A., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9667 (4th Cir. June 1, 2017), the consumer sought to...more

Federal district court refuses to dismiss CFPB lawsuit against law firms and attorneys for unlawful debt relief practices

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A California federal district court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in January 2017 against several law firms and attorneys alleging that the defendants violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) and...more

Law Firm-Issued Collections Letters Continue to Pose High Risks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit in Ohio district court against the Weltman, Weinburg & Reis law firm (WWR), alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA)...more

CFPB: Incorrect Representations Regarding Debt Amounts are Actionable, Even if Made to a Consumer's Lawyer

by Baker Donelson on

In a recent amicus curiae brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took the position that a debt collector violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Texas Court Holds FDCPA Requires Snail Mail

by Carlton Fields on

A debt collector runs afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) if it fails to mail its response to a consumer’s request for verification of debt, ruled a Texas federal judge in Ghanta v. Immediate Credit...more

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