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Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Scope of FDCPA

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On April 18, 2017, the United States Supreme Court, once again with nine justices sitting on the bench, heard oral arguments in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., No. 16-349, concerning the scope of the Federal Debt...more

Entering the FDCPA Safe Harbor Just Got More Difficult in the Second Circuit

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The Second Circuit’s recent opinion in Carlin v. Davidson Fink LLP, No. 15-3105-cv (2d Cir. Mar. 29, 2017), has important ramifications for the debt collection industry....more

Federal District Court: Violation Of The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act — Without More — Counts As A Concrete Injury

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey concluded that an alleged violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA” or the “Act”) — without more — counted as a “concrete...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Garners Attention for Post-Spokeo Treatment of FDCPA Claims

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Last year, the Supreme Court decided Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S.—, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), which addressed whether the plaintiff adequately pleaded Article III standing by alleging bare violations of the Fair Credit...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - March 2017

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A Flawed Class Definition – Court Grants Defendant's Motion to Strike Consumer's Proposed Class - Cholly v. The Uptain Group., et al, 1:15-cv-05030 - In Cholly v. The Uptain Group Inc., et al, the defendant debt...more

SCOTUS Poised to Decide Whether Debt Buyers Are Subject to the FDCPA

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On Friday, February 24, 2017, more than half of the U.S. states’ attorneys general (the Amici States) filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., a case that is currently...more

Letter With Check Box to Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Court Rules

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A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box that the plaintiff could check to indicate that she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a...more

FTC sends letter to CFPB on 2016 debt collection activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has sent a letter to the CFPB summarizing the FTC’s debt collection activities in 2016.  The letter is intended to provide the CFPB with information for its annual report to Congress on the federal government’s FDCPA...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - No Short-Term Fixes. On February 3, President Trump signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum intended to provide a framework to “roll back” the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank) and to review the...more

Ninth Circuit: Trustees Are Not “Debt Collectors” Under the FDCPA

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A recent decision by the Ninth Circuit has created a circuit split regarding the interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In Vien-Phung Ho v. ReconTrust Co. et al., case no. 10-56884, the court held...more

Clerical Error in Creditor’s Name Does Not Sink Debt Collector

A demand letter sent by a debt collector was not doomed by an incorrect statement of the creditor’s name. In Santibanez v. National Credit Systems, Inc., the debt collector’s initial letter stated as follows...more

Letter Warning of Lien Recordation Subject to FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Holds

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A law firm's letter, warning that a lien would be recorded against a woman's home if she failed to pay her annual homeowners association fees, is not exempt from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as an attempt to...more

CFPB Continues Its Focus on Medical Debt

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Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with two debt collection law firms specializing in medical debt. This action is similar to prior CFPB enforcement actions taken against debt...more

FDCPA’s “Least Sophisticated Consumer” May Still Have Commonsense

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Late December, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit), in Lovegrove v. Ocwen Home Loans Srvs., upheld summary judgment in favor of a mortgage servicer against allegations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

The Intersection of Bankruptcy, Debt Collection and the Supreme Court

by Barley Snyder on

For years the interplay between the Bankruptcy Code and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has vexed creditors and courts alike, leading to a split among the circuits as to whether the Bankruptcy Code preempts the...more

CFPB settles FDCPA claims against debt collection law firms

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The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with two law firms specializing in the collection of medical debts and their president for alleged FDCPA violations.  The consent order also settles allegations that...more

Passive Debt Buyer May Delegate Dispute Communications to Third Party

A New York District Court recently addressed the issue of whether the FDCPA requires passive debt buyers to personally register disputes or whether they can delegate that obligation to their third party debt...more

Call Volume Alone Does Not Necessitate a Violation of the FDCPA

A decision from a New Jersey district court serves as a reminder that call volume alone will not support a violation of the FDCPA. In Chisholm v. Afni, Inc., the issue before the court was “whether a series of 18 telephone...more

Middle District of Florida Defines Settlement Communications Allowed Under the FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

On November 18, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that the communication of an unequivocal and non-coercive settlement offer does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - November 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

D.C. Circuit Delivers First Blow to CFPB, Trump Win Delivers Second - The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is up for grabs following a landmark Court of Appeals Decision, PHH Corporation v....more

Leave the “Tow Truck Guy” Alone: The Ninth Circuit Rules Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust Is Not Debt Collection

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently clarified when a trustee of a deed of trust acts as a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In a break from other courts of appeal, the Ninth Circuit held that when...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #2

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Editor's Note - FinTech at the Forefront. FinTech remains at the forefront of Washington’s discussions about how best to regulate financial products and services. As discussed in more detail below, the SEC announced the...more

Envelope’s Display of Barcode With Embedded Account Number Does Not Violate FDCPA, Court Rules

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A federal district court in Florida has ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the...more

Filing a Collection Suit? The Statute of Limitations for the Forum State May Not Be the Correct Limitations Period

Debt collectors filing suit often assume that the forum state’s statute of limitations will apply. However, a string of recent cases suggests that may not always be the case. The Ohio Supreme Court recently determined that,...more

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