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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

Dealing with Debt Collectors

A sure sign that you are in financial trouble is harassment by collection agencies. Whether you receive daily phone calls or get letters demanding payment in the mail, the stress can cause you to lose sleep, create strife...more

Brave New World for Data Furnishers

On September 4, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a Bulletin warning data furnishers that they face potential disciplinary action if they do not properly review information submitted to the credit...more

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case

A new amicus brief filing by the CFPB recently appeared on the CFPB’s amicus program webpage. On August 14, 2013, the CFPB, jointly with the FTC, filed an amicus brief in Delgado v. Capital Management Services, LP, et al., a...more

Consumer action letters will cause headaches for debt collectors and creditors

Last week, the CFPB issued five action letters for consumers to use as debt collection tools. Now that we have had an opportunity to look more closely at the letters, it is apparent that the letters will cause headaches not...more

CFPB Puts Creditors, Third-Party Collectors On Notice Regarding Unfair, Deceptive, And Abusive Debt Collection Practices

On July 10th, the CFPB issued new debt collection guidance that, among other things, seeks to hold CFPB-supervised creditors accountable for engaging in acts or practices the CFPB considers to be unfair, deceptive, and/or...more

Prevailing Defendant Can Recover Costs in FDCPA Suit Not Filed in Bad Faith, Supreme Court Rules

A prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case can recover costs even without a court finding that the plaintiff filed suit in bad faith and for the purpose of harassment, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

FTC Recaps Debt Collection Activities For Annual CFPB Report

On February 1, the FTC sent a letter to the CFPB describing the FTC’s debt collection-related activities over the past year. The responsibility to report to Congress each year on implementation and enforcement of the FDCPA...more

Mortgage Banking Update - February 21, 2013

In This Issue: - MERS Has Power To Assign Interest in Deed of Trust, Borrower Can Challenge Assignment of Mortgage, First Circuit Rules - Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Arizona Mortgage Class Action Alleging...more

FTC Continues To Target Debt Collectors and Debt Relief Companies

The Federal Trade Commission’s continuing focus on the debt collection and debt relief industries was clearly demonstrated by several recently announced lawsuits and settlements....more

Sixth Circuit Holds that Mortgage Foreclosure and Foreclosure Lawyers are Subject to the FDCPA

Overview - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that mortgage foreclosure actions are "debt collection" under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Glazer v. Chase Home Finance LLC, No....more

Mortgage Banking Update - January 25, 2013

In This Issues: - CFPB Generates Flurry of New Mortgage Banking Industry Rules - CFPB Issues Final ECOA Appraisal Rule - 20 State Agencies Adopt Uniform State MLO Testing - Mortgage Foreclosure Is Debt...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Is Debt Collection under the FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Holds

Lawyers whose principal business is mortgage foreclosure or who regularly handle mortgage foreclosures are “debt collectors” subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit...more

Banking And Financial Services E-Note - November 2012

In This Issue: - Banks Concerned as TAG Program Set to Expire - European Banks Set to Take Bigger Hit than U.S. Over Libor Probe - N.Y. AG Sues Credit Suisse for Misleading Investors on Mortgages -...more

CFPB Finalizes Debt Collector “Larger Participant” Rule

On October 24, the CFPB issued a final rule that will allow the Bureau to supervise certain debt collectors. Under this rule, debt collectors will be required to provide certain disclosures, provide accurate information,...more

CFPB Issues Final Debt Collection Larger Participant Rule and Examination Procedures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued its long-awaited final rule defining larger participants of a market for consumer debt collection. The rule is effective January 2, 2013. To enable its examiners to...more

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