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Third Circuit: FDCPA Statute of Limitations Runs From Occurrence, Not Discovery, of Alleged Violation

The one-year statute of limitations (SOL) for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims begins to run when the alleged violation occurs and not when it is discovered, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit...more

Involvement in "Hallmark" Debt Collection Activities Not Required for "Meaningful Participation" under FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A company did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by creating a false impression that it was meaningfully involved in a medical center’s debt collection, even though it “did not engage in many of the...more

False Representation Must be Material to Violate FDCPA, Eighth Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that a debtor must show that a debt collector's alleged false representation was material for it to be a "false, deceptive, or misleading representation" in...more

Collection Letter Making Settlement Offer for Time-Barred Debt Can Violate FDCPA Without Legal Action Threat, Third Circuit Rules

A letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a settlement offer can, even without a threat of legal action, violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act's (FDCPA) general prohibition against a debt collector's use...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Use of Miller "Safe Harbor" Language When a Debt Cannot Increase

Safe harbor language is not always safe, as illustrated by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Boucher v. Finance System of Green Bay....more

Federal Court Holds 30-Day Validation Notice Language Violates FDCPA

A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently granted summary judgment to a debtor in a lawsuit filed against a collection law firm under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)....more

"Modest" Overstatements of Amount Due and Interest Rate Actionable Under FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt-collection law firm's overstatements in a state court complaint of $3,000 in the principal amount due and 0.315 percent in the interest rate were actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as...more

Sixth Circuit: Firm's Post-Foreclosure Conduct Does Not Violate FDCPA

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a foreclosure firm—Reimer, Arnovitz, Chernek & Jeffrey (the Reimer firm)—under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...more

FDCPA Bona Fide Error Defense Did Not Protect Debt Collector Despite Following Controlling Precedent, En Banc Seventh Circuit...

In a 7-4 en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the bona fide error defense in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) did not protect a debt collector who complied with...more

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

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

West Virginia Supreme Court Sides with Debt Collector

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

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

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

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

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

Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate FDCPA, SCOTUS Rules

Filing a proof of claim in a debtor's Chapter 13 bankruptcy case on a debt that is "obviously time barred" does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-3 decision....more

Collection Letter Containing Check Box To Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Federal Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box the plaintiff could check to indicate she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a reason...more

Letter With Check Box to Dispute Debt Created Potential FDCPA Claims, Court Rules

A collection letter potentially violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a box that the plaintiff could check to indicate that she disputed the validity of the debt was accompanied by a statement that a...more

Letter Warning of Lien Recordation Subject to FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Holds

A law firm's letter, warning that a lien would be recorded against a woman's home if she failed to pay her annual homeowners association fees, is not exempt from the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as an attempt to...more

Application of FDCPA to Social Security benefits at issue in CFPB Second Circuit amicus brief

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiff in Arias v. Gutman, Mintz, Baker & Sonnenfeldt, PC and 1700 Development Co., a FDCPA case on appeal to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In its...more

Envelope’s Display of Barcode With Embedded Account Number Does Not Violate FDCPA, Court Rules

A federal district court in Florida has ruled that a debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter in an envelope that allegedly revealed a barcode in which the...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split Over Filing Bankruptcy Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari last week in Midland Funding, LLC v. Aleida Johnson, a decision of the 11th Circuit that held that Midland’s filing of a proof of claim in the plaintiff’s bankruptcy case on a...more

4th Circuit: Filing Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

A debt collector did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy cases on debts that were time-barred by Maryland’s statute of limitations (SOL), a divided U.S. Court of...more

Voicemail Message Without Express Statement It Was From Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA, Ninth Circuit Rules

A debt collection law firm did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by leaving a voicemail message for the plaintiff that identified the law firm but did not expressly state that the law firm was a debt...more

Third Circuit Remands "Meaningful Attorney Involvement" Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated the district court's decision in Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP in which the district court ruled that a debt collection law firm violated the Fair Debt Collection...more

CFPB Previews Debt Collection Rule in SBREFA Outline

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has moved a step closer to issuing a debt collection rule by releasing an outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel....more

FTC Highlights FDCPA Risks for Debt Collectors Using Social Media, Texts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a reminder to debt collectors of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) compliance risks that are created by the use of social media or text messages in connection...more

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