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FTC Obtains $4.1 Million Judgment Against Seller of Fake Payday Loans

by Goodwin on

On October 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced? that it obtained a $4.1 million default judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas against a phony debt collection operation that sold...more

Payday Debt Collector, Servicer Must Forgive $12M

Shortly before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued its payday loan rule, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced a consent order with a payday loan servicer and debt collector totaling...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An unpublished opinion from the Eleventh Circuit continues its analysis of the definition of a debt collector and continues to narrow the applicability of the FDCPA.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

The Saga Continues: Who, Exactly, is a Debt Collector?

One overarching certainty of federal debt collection law seems to be prolonged uncertainty over its appropriate scope. Is this scope about to change yet again? One recent bill called the Practice of Law Technical...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

Trends In IRS Compliance Activities Through Fiscal Year 2016

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 11, 2017, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued its final report discussing IRS compliance activities through fiscal year 2016 (the federal government’s fiscal year begins on...more

Overshadowed and Contradicted: Third Circuit Rules Second Demand Letter Violated FDCPA's "Validation Notice" Requirement

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently reiterated how a debt collector may run afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") by sending a misleading follow-up, even if it served a compliant demand letter...more

Interesting and Useful Cases in Torts and Insurance - June 2017 in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Nexsen Pruet attorney Marc Manos, a member of the SC Bar Torts and Insurance Practice Section Council, sheds light on a few recent cases from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, focused in the area of Torts & Insurance....more

Senators Suggest Abuses Pending Implementation of the Federal Debt Collector Exception to the TCPA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Michael S. Lee (R-Utah) are taking yet another stab at invoking the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) against federal debt collectors, even though the Federal Communications...more

Second Circuit Holds That the TCPA Does Not Allow a Consumer to Unilaterally Revoke Consent to Be Called That Is Part of an...

In Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, the Second Circuit was asked to address whether the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) “permits a consumer to unilaterally revoke his or her consent to be contacted...more

Recent Massachusetts AG consent order places new requirements on debt collection law firm

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a recent consent order with a legal collection law firm, the Massachusetts Attorney General imposed significant restrictions on legal collection that go beyond previous CFPB consent orders, which we covered here. We...more

If the CFPB is Remiss, the Court Must Dismiss: CFPB Must Provide Facts to Support Its Claims

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Friday, August 25, 2017, a Federal District Court in the Northern District of Georgia took the extraordinary step of dismissing an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB" or "Bureau")...more

Federal district court sanctions CFPB for deposition conduct; strikes four counts from complaint and dismisses defendants

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal district court in Atlanta has granted the defendants’ motions for Rule 37 sanctions against the CFPB for its conduct in connection with the defendants’ depositions of CFPB witnesses. To sanction the CFPB, the court...more

Debt Collector Not Liable Under the TCPA for Post-Revocation Calls Made On Behalf of a Different Creditor

by Reed Smith on

In an important decision for the collection industry, the court in Michel v. Credit Protection Ass’n L.P., No. 14-cv-8452, 2017 WL 3620809 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 23, 2017), refused to find a debt collection company liable under the...more

CFPB files amicus brief in support of Education Dept. appeal seeking to overturn preliminary injunction barring student loan...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Education’s appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to vacate a preliminary injunction entered by the Court of Federal Claims that...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

No interest? No Disclosure? No Problem!

The juxtaposition of Sections 1692e and 1692g continues to be a battle ground for the consumer bar and collection industry. Section 1692e prohibits false, deceptive or misleading representations in connection with the...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

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

Debt Collector Ordered to Pay $25 Million to State of Texas for Illegal Debt Collection Practices

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On July 11, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a $25 million judgment and permanent injunction against a portfolio management company and a small law office for violations of the Texas Debt Collection Act, Texas...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

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

Massachusetts AG Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Debt Collection Law Firm Over Illegal Practices

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On July 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (“Massachusetts AG”) announced? that it obtained a preliminary injunction against a debt collection law firm and its principal attorney. The Massachusetts AG...more

Fifth Circuit Affirms Debt Collector’s Duty to Report Disputed Debt

A recent opinion from the Fifth Circuit should serve as a reminder to debt collectors that their duties as to disputed debts are not governed solely by section 1692g. In Sayles v. Advanced Recovery Systems, Advanced Recovery...more

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