Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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Damages for Arizona FDCPA Violations

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) is a federal law that sets the rules for debt collectors can do and say while trying to collect on a debt. While the FDCPA is a federal law, it protects Arizona residents from...more

Supreme Court: Special Counsel Using State AG Letterhead Not in Violation of FDCPA

On May 16, the Supreme Court reversed the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that special counsel using Ohio AG letterhead to collect debts owed to the state is false or misleading in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

SCOTUS decides FDCPA case

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Sheriff v. Gillie that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General (OAG) did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

Supreme Court Update: Merrill Lynch V. Manning (14-1132), Huskie Int'l Electronics V. Ritz (15-145), Sheriff V. Gillie (15-338)...

It's that time of year! Fresh on the heels of the six decisions handed down Monday, the Court issued another three yesterday, with more to come on the other side of the weekend. This Update will cover the remaining three...more

Contractor's Use of AG Letterhead Not a Violation of FDCPA, Supreme Court Holds

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously held that an independent contractor to the Ohio Attorney General did not mislead consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it used the Attorney...more

Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit Decision in Spokeo, Remands for Analysis of Concrete Harms

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo v. Robins, which posed the question of whether Article III standing requires a plaintiff to have a concrete injury when alleging a statutory violation under the...more

NY DFS Obtains $3 Million in Restitution for Illegal Payday Lending

On May 18, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a debt buyer for purchasing and collecting on allegedly illegal payday loans made to New York consumers, in violation of the...more

NY DFS Obtains $119K in Restitution for Illegal Payday Lending

On May 18, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a Virginia debt buyer for collecting on illegal payday loans from New York consumers, in violation of the Fair Debt...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - May 2016

Debt Collection Letters Now Have a Safe Harbor In The Second Circuit - Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, 15-1548, --- F.3d ---- , 2016 WL 1104776 (2d Cir. March 22, 2016) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

The Supreme Court - May 2016 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in six cases today: Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339: The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1970 (“FCRA”) imposes a number of requirements regarding the creation and...more

Supreme Court Vacates Ninth Circuit’s Decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins, Holds “Bare Procedural Violation” of FCRA Does Not...

In a much-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339, 2016 WL 2842447 (May 16, 2016), that a consumer cannot bring a lawsuit in federal court based only on a...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects FDCPA Claim Against Private Attorneys Collecting Debt for State Attorney General

On May 16, 2016, in Sheriff v. Gillie, Case No. 15-338, the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Sixth Circuit holding that private attorneys contracted by a state attorney general’s office to collect debt owed to state...more

Supreme Court Update: Zubik V. Burwell (14-1418) And Spokeo V. Robbins (13-339)

While a potential ninth justice made plans to give a high school commencement address, The Eight continued to demonstrate that, without a full complement of justices, this may be the Term Without Blockbusters. (Although, with...more

Supreme Court Takes Pragmatic Approach To Whether Letters Violate FDCPA

Sheriff v. Gillie, No. 15-338 (2016) - On May 16, 2016 the Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision of the Sixth Circuit that had held that collection attorneys hired as independent contractors to collect debts on...more

The United States Supreme Court Issues Two (2) Important Rulings Today which Provide Important Interpretations of what is Consumer...

In a 6-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court on Monday sided with an online "people search engine" company, Spokeo.com ("Spokeo"), to provide critical insight as to when and how consumers can sue for privacy violations...more

Supreme Court Decides Sheriff v. Gillie

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Sheriff v. Gillie, No. 15-338, holding that special counsel retained by Ohio’s Attorney General to collect debts on the state’s behalf did not violate the Fair Debt Collection...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Debt Collection Letters Sent to a Consumer’s Attorney Qualifies as a Communication With a Consumer...

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Bishop v. Ross Earle & Bonan, P.A., No. 15-12585, creditors and debt collectors should immediately review their practices to ensure that any communication to a debtor or a debtor’s...more

Fourth Circuit: Default Status of Debt Is Not Determining Factor of “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision that a consumer finance company collecting debts on its own behalf, which it purchased from the original creditor, is still a...more

CFPB Takes Action Against Law Firm, its Partners, and Debt Buyer for Alleged FDCPA Violations

On April 25, the CFPB issued separate consent orders to a New Jersey-based law firm and two of the firm’s partners and a New Jersey-based debt buyer for alleged violations of the FDCPA and the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the...more

Can Credit Card Debt Collectors Continue to Charge Interest and Late Charges After Charging-Off the Debt?

A federal district court in Oklahoma recently dismissed a putative class action asserting that defendants’ credit card debt collection activities violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The case, Walkabout...more

Connecticut Collections: How to get paid if you are owed money? Part 1: Pre and Post-Judgement Collection Specifics [Video]

Collections in Connecticut - how to get paid if you are owed money? Collecting money owed to you or your company can be frustrating. You or your company are owed money and have not been paid. What are your legal options? ...more

CFPB Publishes Final Rule Adopting December 2011 Interim Final Rules

On April 28, the CFPB published a final rule to adopt interim final rules issued in December 2011. Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has rulemaking authority for various consumer financial protection laws, as...more

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

CFPB: The Quarterly Review - April 2016

If the first quarter is any indication, 2016 is going to be a busy year for the CFPB and market participants alike. The CFPB Speaks - Regulation by enforcement - On March 9, during his prepared remarks to...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2016

This is the 11th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

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