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Consumer Attorneys Target Collection Agencies And Attorneys Over Garnishment Costs

Consumer attorneys in Michigan have recently filed a rash of class action lawsuits against collection agencies, their attorneys, and even creditors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") and Michigan law over...more

Chapter 11 Update: New Bankruptcy Billing Guidelines Go Into Effect NOVEMBER 1

New federal guidelines governing the review of bankruptcy attorneys' fees and expenses go into effect on November 1, 2013. These guidelines, which were approved by the Department of Justice's United States Trustee Program...more

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act—Hope on the Horizon for Debt Collectors?

Debt collection is big business—easily a multibillion-dollar industry. In 2012, approximately 30 million individuals, or 14 percent of American adults, had debt (averaging about $1,500) that was or had been subject to the...more

Attorney Fee Award to Debtor Is Affirmed Where Creditor's "Reasonable Reliance" Claims Have No Merit

In Heritage Pacific Financial LLC v. Machuca, 2012 DJDAR 16803 (2012), the US Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit decided an interesting attorney fee case arising in the commercial litigation context. The fee...more

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