Debt Collectors

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Is it Illegal for a Debt Collector to Call Your Cell Phone?

Struggling with overwhelming debt problems is stressful – and a big source of that stress is the unending debt collection telephone calls. And now that we all have a cell phone with us pretty much 24 hours a day debt...more

Eleventh Circuit Says Merely Acquiring Debt in Default is Not Enough to Qualify As "Debt Collector" Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of an amended complaint against Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (“Capital One”) for alleged violations of the Fair Debt...more

Eleventh Circuit Examines “Debt Collector” Under the FDCPA

For those tracking Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) litigation for financial institutions and loan servicers, an opinion recently issued by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals provides new insight on the...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies the Meaning Of “Debt Collector” under the FDCPA

Action Item: In light of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Davidson, the definition of “debt collector,” for purposes of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”), is strictly limited to the...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that a Business Entity Is a "Person" for Purposes of FDCPA's Enforcement Provision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a limited liability company (“LLC”) constitutes a “person” within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the “Act”), in Anarion Investments LLC v....more

Servicers Beware: RESPA Transfer of Servicing Letter May Trigger FDCPA Initial Debtor Communication Disclosure Requirement

In Hart v. FCI Lender Services, Inc., the Second Circuit made it clear that servicers should pay close attention to initial communications with borrowers upon commencing loan servicing when it determined in an August 12, 2015...more

Eleventh Circuit: Entity Collecting Debt Acquired After Default Is Not Necessarily “Debt Collector” Under FDCPA

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., a case closely followed by the financial services industry and handled by Burr & Forman, LLP, the Eleventh Circuit held that an entity collecting a debt that was acquired after...more

Rising Conflict Among Federal Courts – Whether an Account Number Visible on a Debt Collection Envelope Violates the FDCPA

Section 1692f(8) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) prohibits the use of any language or symbol, other than the debt collector’s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by mail. The...more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Held Applicable to Statute-of-Limitation Mistakes of Law

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 559 U.S. 573 (2010), it is clear that the bona fide error defense set forth in section 1692k(c) of the Fair Debt Collection...more

CFPB files amicus brief in FDCPA case applying “meaningful attorney involvement” standard to debt collection litigation

The CFPB, jointly with the FTC, has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, the case in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm...more

Limited Liability Company Can Sue as “Person” Under FDCPA, Sixth Circuit Rules

A limited liability company is a “person” that can file a lawsuit under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled. In Anarion Investments LLC v. Carrington...more

Envelope’s Display of Barcode With Embedded Account Number Violates FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s...more

New York City Can Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct, Second Circuit Rules

New York City can regulate the conduct of attorneys engaged in debt collection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. In Eric M. Berman, P.C. and Lacy Katzen, LLP v. City of New York, et al., the...more

CFPB to participate in Dallas FTC debt collection program

The CFPB will be participating in the FTC’s second “Debt Collection Dialogue” to be held in Dallas, Texas on September 29, 2015. Gregory Nodler, CFPB Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, is scheduled to be a...more

Breaking News! Fair Debt Collection Practice Issue

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has held that a Delaware Limited Liability Company was a “person” as defined by the FDCPA, and reversed the District Court decision which had dismissed an FDCPA claim against a...more

The FCC's TCPA Regulatory Ruling Imposes Tighter Call Restrictions

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a long awaited declaratory ruling and order, FCC 15-72, addressing several petitions which sought clarification of or exemptions from Telephone Consumer...more

Recent Eleventh Circuit Decision Subjects Debt Collectors to FDCPA Liability for Filing Proofs of Claim as to Time-Barred Debts

Debt collectors filing bankruptcy proofs of claims in the Eleventh Circuit should take caution, as they will now be subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692-1692p (FDCPA). In Crawford v. LVNV...more

CFPB sends debt collection questionnaire

The CFPB has sent a questionnaire which, according to the CFPB’s accompanying cover letter, is intended to help the CFPB “better understand operational costs and other factors associated with debt collection.” The cover...more

Envelope’s Display of Bar Code With Embedded Account Number Violates FDCPA, Federal Court Rules

A federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the plaintiff’s...more

Third Circuit holds that only “material” representations by a debt collector are actionable under the FDCPA

Joining a national trend, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a plaintiff must allege more than just a misleading representation to prevail on a claim under the Fair Debt Collections...more

7 Reasons You May Win Your Debt Collection Lawsuit that have Nothing to Do With the Law

Often here on my blog I will discuss some of the more technical legal arguments that can help you win your case against junk debt buyers. However, in a surprisingly high number of cases you end up winning simply for showing...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds that Envelope with Visible Bar Code That Could Be Scanned To Reveal Consumer’s Account Number May...

Action Item: In light of this decision, debt collectors should avoid the use of account numbers and/or QR codes on envelopes or within the viewing area of clear plastic envelope windows. Revealing such information on...more

CFPB Launches Monthly Complaint Report to Spotlight Consumer Complaint Trends

Last week, the CFPB launched a new series of monthly reports to “highlight key trends from consumer complaints submitted to the Bureau.” The CFPB intends for each monthly report to provide top-level highlights of consumer...more

Chase Bank Ordered to Stop Collecting on 528,000 Accounts – Pay $50 Million to Consumers

On July 8, 2015 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and 47 states took action against Chase Bank for illegal debt collection activities involving the sale of delinquent accounts to third-party junk debt buyers. ...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

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