Writing Requirement

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Does the FDCPA Permit a Consumer to Dispute the Validity of a Debt Orally?

On January 31, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit addressed the issue of whether a debt collection notice that advised consumers that they could only dispute the validity of their debt in writing...more

NJ Supreme Court Holds That Settlements Through Mediation Must Be Put In Writing

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that “if the parties to mediation reach an agreement to resolve their dispute, the terms of that settlement must be reduced to writing and signed by the parties before the mediation comes...more

Condo complaints not in writing?  [Video]

Chicago Tribune Condo Adviser columnist Howard Dakoff describes what to do when complaints to a condo board aren't in writing. Howard is a partner in the Community Associations Practice Group of Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC....more

The New Written Consent Requirements for Telemarketing Calls under the TCPA Go into Effect on October 16, 2013—Are You Ready?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved and published its amended Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations in February 2012, imposing additional consent, abandonment, and opt-out requirements for...more

NJ Supreme Court Requires Settlement at Mediation to Be Memorialized in Writing

The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued a ruling in Willingboro Mall v. Franklin Avenue, LLC that when settlement is reached at a mediation, the terms of the settlement must be memorialized in writing before the mediation...more

6 Things To Include In A Final Money Judgment

Before the clerk of the court will issue a writ of execution or writ of garnishment on a judgment, the clerk will review the judgment to ensure it is valid and enforceable. ...more

Lost Writings And The Statute Of Frauds

In 1677, the English Parliament enacted a law establishing a legal principle that was eventually adopted by all of the future states of its nascent colonies – the Statute of Frauds....more

Sign those Real Estate Agreements!

The Statute of Frauds is a BIG deal in real estate transactions and litigation. (This is our second post about it already…)....more

Collection Letter Requiring Written Dispute Violated FDCPA, Second Circuit Holds

A collection letter violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it stated that the debtor could only dispute the debt in writing, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled....more

Second Circuit Holds Writing Requirement For Debt Challenge Violates FDCPA

On May 29, in a case of first impression for that circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a debt collector’s collection notice requiring a debtor to dispute a debt in writing violated the FDCPA’s...more

What Is An Enforceable Property Description?

Valid Description? We don’t need no valid stinking description! Actually, in May v. Buck, a Texas Court of Appeals says you do. The need for a sufficient property description in a oil and gas transaction seems like an...more

Public Disclosure of Private Facts: California Court of Appeal Holds that Spoken Words Do Not Disappear Into Thin Air

In a decision surprising only because it has taken so long, on March 18, 2013, the California Court of Appeal in Ignat v. Yum! Brands, Inc., No. G046343 held that the privacy-based tort of public disclosure of private facts...more

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