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Debt Collection Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

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

District Court Takes Expansive View of "Deceptive or Misleading" Practices under FDCPA

The FDCPA prohibits a debt collector from using “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation” in connection with the collection of a debt. See 15 U.S.C. § 1692e. Recently, the Eastern District of New York took an...more

FTC Reaches Settlement With Debt Collector; Imposes Financial Penalties and Other Remedies

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On Dec. 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with three defendants who it alleged partook in deceptive, abusive and unfair debt collection practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act and...more

Invoking Bigfoot, the Eastern District of New York Highlights the Absurdity of New FDCPA Theories

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Suggesting that the latest FDCPA plaintiff's theories in New York have morphed into something other than consumer protection, Judge Glasser of the Eastern District of New York ("EDNY") penned an extensive (and rather...more

Northern District of New York Dismisses another Avila Claim Based on Accrual of New York Pre-Judgment Interest

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

One of the latest trends in the New York FDCPA space has been filing so called "Reverse Avila" cases, based on the Second Circuit's decision in Avila v. Riexinger and Assocs.. In Avila, the Second Circuit found that a debt...more

CFPB withdraws request to OMB to conduct online debt collection survey

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has withdrawn its request to OMB to conduct an online survey of 8,000 individuals as part of its research on debt collection disclosures. Last month, the CFPB published a notice in the Federal Register that it was...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 1 & 8, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Errors in Legal Description: error in legal description did not preclude judgment of foreclosure because property was sufficiently identified by accurate lot and tract, street address,...more

Bill Introduced in Congress to Exclude Attorneys and Law Firms from the FDCPA's Definition of "Debt Collector"

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Yesterday, December 5, 2017, Texas Democrat Vincente Gonzalez introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s definition of a "debt collector." The Bill also seeks to amend...more

Federal Court Holds 30-Day Validation Notice Language Violates FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

New York Federal Court Demands that FDCPA Plaintiffs Read Entire Debt Collection Letter to Determine Creditor's Identity

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Goldstein v. Diversified Adjustment Serv., the Eastern District of New York may have walked back one of the new favorite Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the "FDCPA") claims—namely that the creditor was not properly...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 17 & 24, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Receiver/Barton Doctrine: individual could not bring negligence action against discharged receiver of commercial property until individual first obtained leave to do so from the court that appointed...more

Nice Try – Court Rebuffs Debt Collector's Attempt to Purchase Lawsuit Against Itself

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A debt collector cannot avoid claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by purchasing the debtor's lawsuit, according to a recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. ...more

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

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