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District Court Clarifies FDCPA Bar Date In Letter Cases

When does the statute of limitations begin to run for a letter that runs afoul of the FDCPA? That is the issue which was presented in a recent case before the Eastern District of New York. In Gil v. Allied Interstate, LLC,...more

Consumer Financial Services Newsletter - Fall 2017

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The "Unique Factual Circumstances of Each Individual" in Plantiffs' Proposed Class Prompts Appellate Court to Affirm Denial of Class Certification - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending October 6 & 13, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE - Ad Valorem Taxes: land lease holders are considered equitable owners of land for tax purposes if land lease renews automatically and is perpetual; owners of condominium...more

Eleventh Circuit Continues To Explore Definition Of Debt Collector

An unpublished opinion from the Eleventh Circuit continues its analysis of the definition of a debt collector and continues to narrow the applicability of the FDCPA. As many may recall, the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion in...more

District Court Provides Successful Road Map for Bona Fide Error Defense

The FDCPA, through section 1692d(6), prohibits a debt collector from placing telephone calls to a debtor “without meaningful disclosure of the caller’s identity.” 15 U.S.C. § 1692d(6). The FDCPA also includes a “bona fide...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

By now, most people that follow financial news are aware that the amount of troubled healthcare related companies are on the rise, which by its very nature, causes more distressed healthcare related debt in the market....more

Seventh Circuit Holds Voice Mail Message Is A Communication

The Seventh Circuit has held that a voice mail message left for a consumer is a “communication” under the FDCPA. In Hart v. Credit Control, LLC, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18375 (11th Cir. Sept, 22, 2017), the debt collector left...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That Voicemails Are "Communications" and Clarifies "Meaningful Disclosure" under the FDCPA

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Eleventh Circuit held that a first voicemail from a debt collector constitutes a “communication” based on a plain reading of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). In addition, in a case of first...more

Eleventh Circuit: Voicemail Constitutes Communication Under the FDCPA, But Disclosure of Individual’s Identity Is Not Required

by Burr & Forman on

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a voicemail constitutes a “communication” under the FDCPA, and can thus trigger the mini-Miranda requirement, but an individual collecting on behalf of a...more

The CFPB Says Fees and Fee-Related Disclosures For Payments-By-Phone May Constitute an Unfair and Deceptive Practice and Violate...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a Compliance Bulletin released July 27, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) cautioned covered persons and service providers that fees for pay-by-phone services (called “phone pay fees”) may run afoul of...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

From the Top In Brief - July/August 2017

by Jones Day on

In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348, 2017 BL 161314 (U.S. May 15, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a credit collection agency does not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when it files...more

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Regulators from the states of Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota and North Dakota (“Participating States”) have entered into a settlement agreement with three affiliated debt collection companies to settle...more

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

CFPB Warns Against “Tricking Consumers” with Pay-by-Phone Fees

by Baker Donelson on

Regulated entities should be prepared to defend their policies and practices surrounding fee-based pay-by-phone options in light of new guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB released...more

Illinois Federal Court Dismisses FDCPA Claims Focused on "Bounced Check" Language in Collection Letter

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Recently, an Illinois federal court denied and dismissed two plaintiffs' Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims after the plaintiffs failed to present evidence sufficient to establish materiality....more

CFPB issues guidance on pay-by-phone fees

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has issued a new compliance bulletin (2017-11) to provide guidance on pay-by-phone fees.  The guidance includes examples of conduct relating to pay-by-phone practices identified by the CFPB in its supervision and...more

CFPB Issues Pay-by-Phone Guidance with Far-Reaching Implications

On July 31, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a public bulletin intended to provide guidance to covered persons and service providers who take payments from consumers using pay-by-phone services and...more

Third Circuit Reminds Debt Collectors Of Notice Requirement

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “Act”) was created to protect consumers against abusive debt collection practices. The notice provision is one feature of the Act that requires debt collectors to notify consumers...more

SCOTUS Limits Reach of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court narrowly interpreted “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to exclude debt purchasers engaging in collection efforts for their own accounts....more

Supreme Court Issues Two Rulings Interpreting FDCPA

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Supreme Court recently issued two rulings interpreting various sections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in favor of creditors and certain debt buyers. The FDCPA protects debtors from unfair collection...more

Regulatory Alert: Debt Collection

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Among the announcements in its Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda, which was just released on July 20, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that later this year it plans to issue a Notice of Proposed...more

CFPB issues Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB’s Spring 2017 rulemaking agenda has been published as part of the Spring 2017 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The preamble indicates that the information in the agenda is current as of...more

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

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