Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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NY Attorney General, 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 last month in federal court in Buffalo, New York, against several corporations...more

CFPB Sues Debt Collection Law Firm

On July 14, the CFPB sued a Georgia-based law firm and its three principal partners for allegedly using high-volume litigation tactics to collect millions of dollars from consumers who may not actually have owed the debts or...more

Third Circuit Holds Debtors Need Not Dispute Debt Before Filing Suit Under FDCPA

In McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmeig, LLP, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that debtors are not required to notify a debt collector in writing regarding a disputed debt as a...more

Third Circuit Holds that Consumers are Not Required to Seek Validation of a Debt before Filing Suit under the FDCPA

On June 26, 2014, in McLaughlin v. Phelan Hallinan & Schmieg, LLP, the Third Circuit held that a consumer is not required to seek validation of a debt he believes is inaccurately described in a debt collection communication...more

Disputing Debts under the FDCPA – The Effect of the Fourth Circuit’s Opinion in Clark v. Absolute Collection Service, Inc.

In January of this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth Circuit”) decided the case of Clark v. Absolute Collection Service, Inc. (741 F.3d 487, 4th Cir. 2014). The question of first...more

All Consuming: Legal Updates for Consumer Finance Professionals - July 2014

In This Issue: - Zombie (Debt Collector) Beware: West Virginia Expands Prohibited Actions: America's fascination with zombies infiltrated the West Virginia Legislature during the 2014 Regular Session, resulting...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update

Foreclosure: reservation of jurisdiction in final judgment to determine amount of attorneys’ fees renders that portion of judgment non-final and non-appealable – BAC Home Loans Servicing LP v. Ridgway, No. 1D13-3853 (Fla. 1st...more

11th Affirms Dismissal of FDCPA Class Action Based on Law Firm Collection Letter

The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action brought under the FDCPA, 15 USC § 1692, against a law firm for sending a letter to a homeowner in default. Specifically, the letter did the...more

Are You Being Sued by Alco Capital Group?

I handle a lot of debt collection lawsuits where the party suing is not the original creditor. Debt buyers – companies that purchase large pools of charged off debt – often file a lawsuit soon after they allegedly acquire...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #6

Debt collectors are using social media more and more frequently to try to track down people who owe money, but they are bound by restrictions in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when they do so, just as if they used...more

How Long Do I Have to Bring My FDCPA Claim?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) is a federal law that prohibits debt collectors from treating the people who they are attempting to collect from unfairly or with disrespect. Common violations of the FDCPA...more

Advertising Law - June 2014

Auto Lender Pays $5.5M Over FDCPA, FCRA, and FTC Act Charges - More than $5.5 million was required to settle the Federal Trade Commission’s charges against Consumer Portfolio Services, a California-based auto lender...more

FTC Announces Consent Order with Subprime Auto Lender for Alleged Violations of FDCPA, FCRA

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a consent order with a subprime auto lender for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Fair...more

Dodd-Frank News: May 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES ..Preemption ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation ..CFTC Regulation of Retail Commodity Transactions ..Durbin Amendment ..Appraiser Disclosure Requirements Under...more

Demand Decency in Debt Collection

Financial difficulties can be all encompassing. The stress associated with not being able to pay your bills touches on everything from being able to pay for your kid’s schools lunch to wondering if your car is going to get...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

Court Strikes Class Allegations Against Lender And Foreclosure Service Providers For Failure To Satisfy Rule 23(a)(2)’S...

The Northern District of Illinois recently granted a motion to strike class allegations prior to class discovery. Plaintiff mortgagor alleged, inter alia, that in foreclosure proceedings, defendants engaged in unfair and...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

A Congressional Response to Marx v. General Revenue Corp.

The case of Marx v. General Revenue Corp. is garnering even more attention. In December of 2011, the 10th Circuit affirmed the decision of the trial court that awarded costs to a prevailing defendant in a Fair Debt...more

How to Respond to a CFPB Civil Investigative Demand

Under CFPB’s broad mandate, many companies outside the financial services industry may be subject to expensive civil investigations. A for-profit technical school may not appear to be a financial services company. But...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: May 2014 #1

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - SARA WITMEYER - - Jurisdiction: where court never entered order authorizing individual to intervene and individual never became party to litigation, court had no personal jurisdiction to...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

Debt Collection – “Can They Really Treat Me This Way?”

Day in and day out for nearly 11 years I have met with families who are going through financial difficulties. Something that may be surprising, and a little disconcerting, is that there isn’t a certain “type” of person or...more

How Facebook can Destroy your FDCPA Claim or Debt Collection Lawsuit

Social media can unravel your FDCPA claim or deep six possible defenses in your debt collection lawsuit faster than you say Facebook. It is easy to get a false sense of privacy when we are chatting away with family and...more

“Legal Action” Through the Eyes of the Least Sophisticated Consumer

In Fariasantos v. Rosenberg & Associates, LLC (Case No. 3:13cv543), a consumer brought a putative class action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”) against a law firm. The consumer alleged that the law...more

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