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Maine Ups the Ante on Debt Collection Licensing

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The State of Maine recently enacted legislation that greatly expands those entities required to obtain a debt collection license. Previously, a debt collector needed to obtain a license if it was attempting to collect a debt...more

Pierre v. Midland Credit: Three Significant Lessons for Debt Collectors

by Locke Lord LLP on

On February 5, 2018, debt collectors took a significant defeat in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Pierre v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., 1:16-cv-02895. Judge Henry D. Leinenweber...more

Third Circuit Holds “Settlement Language” in Collection Letter Can Be Misleading

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In a change of course from its prior holding in Huertas v. Galaxy Asset Mgmt., 641 F.3d 28 (3d Cir. 2011), the Third Circuit rules that the terms “settlement” and “settlement offer,” in connection with collecting of a time...more

FTC Accuses Student Loan Debt Relief Operation of Deceiving Consumers

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?On February 7, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an enforcement action against a student loan debt relief operation, claiming it deceived consumers out of $28 million by falsely promising that their...more

Read Before You Leap: Providing Telephone Number To Communicate With Collector Does Not Overshadow Validation Rights

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The New Jersey federal court has rejected a claim that providing a debtor with a telephone number and other options to communicate with a collector does not overshadow required language that the debtor must dispute the debt...more

Can A Lender’s “Robo-Signing” Of A Loan Document Be The Basis For An Unfair Or Deceptive Trade Practice Claim?

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

The financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent wave of mortgage foreclosures brought to light certain lenders’ practices of “Robo-Signing.” Robo-Signing was a term coined to refer to bank employees’ alleged practice of...more

4th Circuit Defines “Defendant” Narrowly under CAFA for Federal Jurisdiction

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Fourth Circuit recently reaffirmed its holding in Palisades Collections LLC v. Shorts, 552 F.3d 327 (4th Cir. 2008), that an additional counter-defendant is not entitled to federal removal jurisdiction under the Class...more

Seventh Circuit in Boucher: Miller Safe Harbor Language Does Not “Immunize” Debt Collectors from Liability for Violations of §...

Eighteen years ago, the Seventh Circuit crafted “safe harbor” language which, if used, shielded debt collectors from liability under 15 U.S.C. § 1692g. A recent decision, Boucher v. Fin. Sys. of Green Bay, 2018 U.S. App....more

Sharing Of Convenience Fees Spells Trouble Under The FDCPA

A recent opinion from a district court in California serves as a reminder to creditors and debt collectors of the limited circumstances upon which convenience fees can be collected. ...more

Tips for Long Term Care Collections Policies

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Many long term care providers (including skilled nursing, assisted living and personal care homes) may have a written collections policy. If yours doesn’t - why not? ...more

Eastern District of New York Court Holds Debt Collection Letter Stating Settlement May Have Tax Consequences Does Not Violate the...

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In Ceban v. Capital Management Services, L.P., Case No. 17-cv-4554 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 17, 2018), the District Court held that the statement “[t]his settlement may have tax consequences” in a debt collection letter does not...more

10th Circuit Rules FDCPA Does Not Apply to Non-Judicial Foreclosure Proceedings

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a non-debt collector defendant seeking a non-judicial foreclosure was not liable to a borrower/plaintiff for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

District Court Dismisses Suit Over Collection Letter

Any opinion that starts out by stating “[t]his case is about $82.00” is not likely to go well for one party and in this instance, that was the case for Nestor Saroza. ...more

Tenth Circuit Joins The Fray Regarding Whether Foreclosures Are Debt Collection Activity

The Tenth Circuit has weighed in on whether a non-judicial foreclosure is debt collection activity. In doing so, the Tenth Circuit has joined a split in the circuits on the issue. With the Tenth Circuit’s decision the...more

State Regulatory Enforcement Initiatives: Cooperation and Conflict

On January 30, 2018, DWT payments team member Andy Lorentz moderated a panel at ACI’s 18th National Forum on Prepaid Card Compliance, in Washington, D.C., entitled “Update on State Regulatory Enforcement Initiatives Affecting...more

California District Court Holds that a Debt Collector’s Retention of a Portion of a Transactional Fee Voluntarily Paid by the...

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In April Lindblom v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 15-cv-0990 (E.D. Cal. January 22, 2018), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California held that the plaintiffs’ voluntary payment of a...more

The Retroactivity of TCPA Regulations and Amendments

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On December 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that a 2012 amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) excluding liability for phone calls related to the collection of...more

NY AG Moves to Compel Debt Collector to Respond to Discovery Requests

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?On January 17, the New York Attorney General (AG) filed a motion to compel a debt collection company and its owner to produce financial documents, business records, and other documents in a lawsuit alleging that the...more

New Jersey Federal Judge Dismisses RICO suit against FDCPA Plaintiff Law Firms

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Late last year, a debt collection agency went on the offensive and filed a RICO lawsuit against three FDCPA Plaintiff Law Firms, alleging that the Plaintiff Firms filed frivolous class action lawsuits under the FDCPA as a way...more

Court dismisses defendants’ counterclaims against CFPB for fees and expenses

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A New York federal district court dismissed the counterclaims of the defendants in a CFPB enforcement action claiming that, pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), they were entitled to fees and expenses incurred....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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In naming Gregory Abel and Ajit Jain vice chairs, Berkshire Hathaway took another big step this week in laying out LAWB (Life After Warren Buffet)....more

Collection of ITT student debt barred in class action settlement

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The saga of ITT Educational Services, Inc. appears to be drawing closer to an end, with ITT’s bankruptcy trustee and attorneys for former ITT students entering into a proposed class action settlement that would permanently...more

Debt Collection Letter's Inclusion Of Court Costs Was Not Deceptive

Any opinion that starts out by stating “[t]his case is about $82.00” is not likely to go well for one party and in this instance, that was the case for Nestor Saroza....more

Financial Litigation Roundup: Key Federal Rulings in 2017

In case you missed it, here is our list of the most significant financial services rulings in 2017 from the Supreme Court of the United States and major federal appellate courts. While there were no decisions of overwhelming...more

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