Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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Spokeo Should Not Fall on Deaf Ears in Privacy Class Actions

On the May morning that the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, I was among those who read the case as a bellwether. The Spokeo appeal addressed a long-festering issue about whether Congress may...more

How Does the CFPB View Private Label Servicing?

As mortgage servicing compliance costs have risen year over year, lenders have looked for a way to decrease costs while retaining their customer visibility and brand awareness. In response to this demand, private label...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE - Hope you survived all of those awkward Thanksgiving holiday conversations— amazing how divided people are on whether the court got it right in the PHH case, isn’t it? So on we go into the holiday season,...more

CFPB Fall 2016 rulemaking agenda published

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

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

FTC continues vigorous use of enforcement authority

As observers ponder the CFPB’s future in a Trump Administration, the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing role as an enforcer of federal consumer financial protection laws should not be overlooked. Over the approximately...more

Application of FDCPA to Social Security benefits at issue in CFPB Second Circuit amicus brief

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff in Arias v. Gutman, Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt, PC and 1700 Development Co., a FDCPA case on appeal to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In its...more

Seeking Punitive Damages Can Expand Scope of Discovery

As litigators are well aware, a lawsuit frequently begins and ends with discovery. Complaints must be carefully worded and allegations carefully chosen in order to maximize success in developing a record and in exploring...more

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

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

Consumer Financial Services Regulation Will Remain in a Trump Presidency

As the country emerges from the smoke of a bitter and downright ugly election cycle, there is much speculation about the canvas of the regulatory landscape. For the consumer financial services industry, the past eight years...more

Debt Collection Practices Under Scrutiny of CFPB and NY Attorney General

On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit in federal district court in New York over an alleged “massive, illegal debt-collection scheme” that supposedly...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #2

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

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

Q2 2016 Sees Increased Personal and Student Lending Enforcement

For the second quarter of 2016, Consumer Enforcement Watch tracked 46 enforcement actions taken against consumer finance providers. This represents a slight decrease from the 50 enforcement actions that were tracked last...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

CFPB and NY AG File Joint Lawsuit Against Debt Collectors

On November 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General (AG) announced the filing of a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York against...more

CFPB issues Fall 2016 Supervisory Highlights

In its Fall 2016 Supervisory Highlights, which covers supervision work generally completed between May and August 2016, the CFPB highlights violations found by its examiners involving origination and servicing of auto...more

CFPB and NY Attorney General file federal court action against debt buyers

The CFPB announced that, jointly with the New York Attorney General, it has filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court against three companies that purchased consumer debts and two of the companies’ individual principals...more

Supreme Court to Rule on Stale Claims and FDCPA

As reported on our blog, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that filing a time barred proof of claim does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, an issue which has divided courts and Courts of Appeals. The Supreme Court...more

Court Orders Debt Collectors to Pay $11 Million to FTC

On October 31, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York granted the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion for summary judgment against a group of debt collectors, finding that the debt...more

The Harmonious Coexistence (or not) of the FDCPA and the BAPCPA

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been actively reviewing its policies and procedures in recent months, and in July 2016 the U.S. watchdog for consumer finances unveiled its latest proposal to tighten regulations...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - October 2016

Courts Are Giving "Standing" Teeth After Spokeo - Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Spokeo, Inc., v. Robins, courts have further clarified and interpreted the Spokeo decision. Spokeo held that (i) in order to...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - October 2016

Burr & Forman lawyers won a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit earlier this month. In the case In re: David A. Failla, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed that a person who agrees to...more

The Ninth Circuit Holds That Enforcing A Security Interest Is Not Necessarily Debt Collection

On Oct. 19, 2016, the Ninth Circuit held that merely enforcing a security interest is not “debt collection” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In so holding, the Ninth Circuit disagreed with...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Non-Judicial Foreclosure of Deed of Trust Is Not Debt Collection under the FDCPA

Action Item: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirms that activities incident to the non-judicial foreclosure of a deed of trust under California state law is not “debt collection” within the scope of...more

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