Debt Collectors Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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Do We Want the CFPB to Regulate the Practice of Law?

On April 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) entered into a Consent Order with a New Jersey debt collection law firm, Pressler & Pressler, LLP, and two of its managing partners, Sheldon H. Pressler, and...more

FDCPA Claims Related to Venue of State Court Collection and Garnishment Action Barred by Statute of Limitations and Rooker-Feldman...

Michael Marienthal v. Asset Acceptance, LLC and Wright, Lerch, & Litow, LLP, No. 1:14-1636, 2016WL795902 (SD. Ind.) - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted debt collector and law firm’s...more

The CFPB's New Debt Collection Rule is Coming

The CFPB published its fifth annual report summarizing activities to administer the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) on March 22. The report does not provide a date to expect the CFPB's new rule on debt collection,...more

Of ECOA and the FDCPA – A Tie in the Supreme Court and A Fourth Circuit Win for Debt Collection

It was a busy week in the fabled halls of justice last week as judges undoubtedly worked to get out a few more opinions before Easter break. Two opinions, one from the Supreme Court and one from the Fourth Circuit Court of...more

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

The Least Sophisticated Consumer Just Got Even Less Sophisticated: New FDCPA Disclosure Requirements for Debt Collectors Created...

Just last week, the Second Circuit applied the least sophisticated consumer standard of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the FDCPA) to effectively conclude that a consumer cannot be expected to know that when they are...more

Fourth Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Apply to Consumer Finance Company Collecting Debt on Its Own Behalf, Even if It Acquired the...

Reed Smith secured a precedential victory in the Fourth Circuit for client Santander Consumer USA Inc., holding that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) does not apply to a consumer finance company trying to...more

Solicitor General to participate in SCOTUS oral argument in FDCPA case

On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case in which the CFPB joined the Solicitor General in filing an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. The court...more

Alaska Supreme Court Extends FDCPA Coverage to Trustees Involved in Non-Judicial Foreclosures

In Alaska Trustee, LLC and Stephen Routh v. Brett Ambridge and Josephine Ambridge, the Alaska Supreme Court considered whether Alaska Trustee and Routh were “debt collectors” subject to liability under the Federal Debt...more

Court: Debt Collector's Implicit Suggestion that Consumer Should Make Payment Within Dispute Period Violates FDCPA

A debt collector's implicit suggestion that a consumer should make a payment before the end of the 30-day dispute period violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a federal court in Missouri has ruled. In...more

Consumer & Class Action Litigation Newsletter - January 2016

Plaintiff's Attempts to Turn Alleged "Clicking" and "Dead Air" into a TCPA Violation Rejected - Norman v. AllianceOne Receivables Mgmt., Inc., No. 15-1780, 2015 WL 9286778 (7th Cir. Dec. 22, 2015) - The Seventh...more

Recent Case Law Hints at Possible Additional Defenses for Auto Finance Companies Hit With Debt Collection Lawsuits

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), debt collection is the leading source of consumer complaints. Many debt collection statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), provide for...more

A Cautionary Tale: FTC Warns Industry of Broad Meaning of “Debt Collector”

Although the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted decades ago, its amorphous scope continues to frustrate the industry. The FTC recently cautioned debt collectors and creditors alike of the surprising...more

FTC Announces New Enforcement Actions Under the Operation Collection Protection Initiative

On January 7, the FTC announced four separate actions under its Operation Collection Protection initiative against collectors allegedly engaging in abusive and deceptive debt collection practices. It also announced that other...more

Who Is Exempt From Liability For Deceptive Debt Collection Claims?

On December 11, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear a dispute concerning allegations of deceptive debt collection by lawyers. The case, Sheriff v. Gillie, was brought under the Fair Debt Collection...more

Debt Collectors Beware: FTC Takes Broad Reading of Activities Subject to FDCPA and Section 5

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned companies that they may not realize they are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Christopher Koegel, Assistant Director of the FTC Division of...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

FDCPA “Communication” Must Imply Existence of a Debt, Sixth Circuit Rules

A voicemail message should not be considered a “communication” that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled, unless the message at least...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decisions Clarify "Debt Collector" Status Under the FDCPA

Recent decisions within the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals have clarified two required elements needed to support a viable claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA),...more

Court: Debtor Cannot Use FDCPA as Enforcement Mechanism for Arbitration Provision

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it filed a summary judgment motion in a collection action after the debtor had sought enforcement of a credit card agreement’s arbitration...more

CFPB Orders Indirect Auto Finance and Title Loan Companies to Pay $48.35 Million in Redress and Penalties For Abusive Debt...

The CFPB has entered into a consent order with Westlake Services, LLC, an indirect auto finance company, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilshire Consumer Credit, LLC, for alleged deceptive debt collection practices. The...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Second Indirect Auto Finance Company in Three Days

On October 1, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its second enforcement action in three days against an indirect auto finance company. In its latest action, the CFPB took aim at indirect auto...more

Alabama Bankruptcy Court Holds That Filing Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt Cannot Give Rise to FDCPA Claim or Sanctions

In Jenkins v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama held that the filing of a proof of claim based on a time-barred debt cannot give rise to a claim for damages under...more

Financial Services Report, Fall 2015

BELTWAY - Straight Out of the Seventh Circuit The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the SEC cannot be sued in district court to stop it from bringing an administrative action. Bebo v. SEC, No....more

Federal Appeals Court Holds that the FDCPA Means What It Says Regarding Definition of “Debt Collector”

Lenders and their attorneys generally recognize that lenders who are engaged in collecting their own loans are not “debt collectors” under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Debtors and their attorneys...more

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