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Mortgage Servicer’s Transfer Notice Violates FDCPA

Mortgage servicers need to carefully review their Transfer Notices when the debt is in default at the time of transfer. In an unpublished decision, the Eastern District of New York recently held that a “Notice of Servicing...more

Supreme Court: FDCPA Doesn’t Cover Owned Debt

A bank or other person may collect debts that it purchased for its own account without triggering the statutory requirements of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a unanimous Supreme Court recently ruled....more

SCOTUS Clarifies Who is a Debt Collector Under FDCPA

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits a “debt collector” from using any “false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt,” as well as any “unfair or...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Court-Ordered Service by Publication Does Not Violate the FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Midland Funding, LLC (Midland), and its collection law firm under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)....more

Nutter Bank Report, June 2017

Supreme Court: Bank That Buys Debt for Its Own Account Is Not Debt Collector - The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that a bank that collects on debts it has bought and holds “for its own account” is not a debt collector...more

District Court of New Jersey Holds No Duty Under FDCPA to Warn of Tax Consequences for Debt Settlement

by Blank Rome LLP on

In a case of first impression in the Third Circuit, Vincent Carieri v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., No. 17-0009 (D.N.J. June 26, 2017), the District Court of New Jersey held that that a debt collector does not have a duty...more

SCOTUS Issues Another Decision Affecting Parties Who Attempt To Collect On Debts

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Supreme Court unanimously held that an entity’s efforts to recover payment of a debt purchased from a third party for its own account is not subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “Act”). ...more

FTC Brings Suit Against Debt Collector for “Phantom Debts”

by Goodwin on

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced?? that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against a North Carolina debt collection company and its...more

Supreme Court Narrows FDCPA’s Definition of Debt Collector

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Debt buyers generally are considered “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). However, on June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., which resolved an...more

Good News for Revenue Cycle Management Companies - Recent Supreme Court Decision on the Scope of the Fair Debt Collection...

The U.S. Supreme Court, in its June 12, 2017, decision, Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., resolves and clarifies key questions with respect to the applicability of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") in a...more

SCOTUS Rules No Expansion to Definition of Debt Collector Under FDCPA

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In Justice Gorsuch’s first written opinion, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld a ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that declined to expand the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s (“FDCPA”) definition of “debt...more

Debt Collector Defined: Supreme Court Exempts Debt Purchasers

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On behalf of a unanimous Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered his first opinion on June 12 to determine whether debt purchasers fall within the statutory language under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

Colorado Latest State to Define Debt Buyers as Debt Collectors; Will Others Soon Follow?

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On June 1, 2017, just two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the revised Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

West Virginia Supreme Court Sides with Debt Collector

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a debt collector in an action alleging a violation of West Virginia’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act. In its June 12 decision, the court held that call volume,...more

Two Key Takeaways from the Defendant’s FDCPA Win in Henson v. Santander

The United States Supreme Court issued a significant decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. drastically restricting the universe of companies subject to potential liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

SCOTUS Says Debt Purchasers Are Not Debt Collectors

by Baker Donelson on

Debt purchasers attempting to collect on those debts across multiple jurisdictions now have uniform law that they are not debt collectors subject to the FDCPA. On June 12, in a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme...more

Defaulted Debt Buyer Does Not Collect Debts “Due Another” Under FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a purchaser of defaulted debt did not qualify as a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it did not collect debts "due another", but...more

United States Supreme Court Limits Definition of Debt Collector Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion resolving a circuit court split as to whether a company that collects debts that it purchased for its own account would fall within the statutory definition...more

Supreme Court: Debt Buyers Collecting Debts That They Own Are Not "Debt Collectors" Under FDCPA

by Burr & Forman on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA Inc. unanimously held that a debt buyer is not a “debt collector” as defined by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) if it is regularly...more

So Who Really Is A ‘Debt Collector’ Under The FDCPA?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

When the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act became law in 1977, it promised to regulate the conduct of anyone who “regularly collects or attempts to collect … debts owed or due … another.” But the courts have divided over...more

High Court Says Banks Collecting on Purchased Debt for its Own Accounts Not Subject to the FDCPA

by Snell & Wilmer on

The U.S. Supreme Court resolved a federal circuit split in favor of banks and finance companies by holding that firms collecting debts purchased for their own account are not subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

U.S. Supreme Court Excludes Banks Collecting Purchased Delinquent Debt from Definition of “Debt Collector” under the FDCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Banks and other consumer finance firms that purchase delinquent debt and then collect on their own behalf are not “debt collectors” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. However, this limitation still...more

The Supreme Court Delivers a Unanimous Opinion in favor of Debt Purchasers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In today’s political environment, having unanimous support on an issue is exceedingly difficult particularly on issues emanating from our Executive and Legislative branches of government. Hope springs eternal however, and...more

Federal Court Dismisses Class Action Alleging Solicitation for Payments on Time-Barred Debt is "Misleading" Under FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in New Jersey dismissed a putative class-action lawsuit against Total Card, Inc. (TCI), a South Dakota-based debt collector. The plaintiff alleged that TCI violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

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