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Spokeo Standing in 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With the year ending, and McGuireWoods’s webinar next week on class actions’ Hot Issues of 2017 approaching, this seems like a good time to take note of a few of the trends we have seen arising in class actions over the last...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

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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

FTC Obtains TRO Temporarily Freezing Assets of Georgia-Based Debt Collection Business

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?On November 8, a federal court in Georgia issued a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collector, freezing its assets and granting the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) immediate access to its business...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 3 & 10, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Misrepresentation: developer entitled to directed verdict on claims of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation asserted by condominium association...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

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s Compliance News Flash features information on New York City’s pay equity law, stats on FCRA litigation, personnel moves at the Federal Trade Commission, news about a Form I-9 scam, and information about my...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

CFPB Tweaks Rules for Mortgage Servicer Communications

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released a new interim final rule intended to clarify how mortgage servicers can communicate with borrowers at risk of foreclosure, as well as a proposed rule about...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending October 20, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE FINANCIAL SERVICES UPDATE  TITLE INSURANCE UPDATE - Foreclosure: witness may testify as to business records of another company so long as that witness can lay proper foundation of personal knowledge...more

CFPB Highlights Supervisory Findings Related to Credit Cards

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) most recent Supervisory Highlights report identified a number of areas of non-compliance by credit card issuers that were confidentially resolved in the supervisory process....more

CFPB Issues Last-Minute Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

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As we previously reported, on October 19, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published in the Federal Register final amendments to its Mortgage Servicing Rules (Final Rule). The Final Rule, weighing in at...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

CFPB Amends Mortgage Servicing Rule to Facilitate Communications with Borrowers

by Goodwin on

On October 4, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an interim final rule amending a provision of Regulation X relating to the timing servicers must observe when communicating with borrowers about...more

Spokeo’s Potential (and Unanticipated) Impact on Class Certification

By now, most litigators and in-house counsel have at least some familiarity with the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, which reiterated that Article III standing requires an “injury-in-fact” that is both...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 22 & 29, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Constructive Notice: a memorandum of agreement that is recorded in the official records of the county in which the property is located and refers to an unrecorded agreement entered into by the...more

CFPB Announces Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

On October 4, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) announced changes to its mortgage servicing rules. The Bureau issued an interim final rule and a proposed rule to provide mortgage servicers more...more

CFPB Makes Last-Minute Changes to 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule

On October 4, 2017, the CFPB released an interim final rule and a proposed rule to amend certain provisions of its 2016 Mortgage Servicing Final Rule. While the changes will not drastically change the 2016 Mortgage Servicing...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

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