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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

Rogers Towers: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA): Ceasing Communications with a Debtor's Attorney?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) gives a debtor the right to notify a debt collector that he or she wishes the debt collector to cease communication with respect to the debt, with some exceptions....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

FTC Enforcement Action against Debt Collector Ends in Record Settlement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent announcement that it entered into a record settlement with “the world’s largest debt collection operation” demonstrates that it intends to continue its vigorous enforcement of the Fair...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

Supreme Court Upholds Prevailing Debt Collectors' Right to Obtain Litigation Costs from Plaintiffs Under the Fair Debt Collection...

In Marx v. General Revenue Corp., decided on February 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, by a margin of 7-2, held that a debt collector sued by a borrower under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") may...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

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