Archive for November 2012

Multiple Calls to Same Party to Obtain Location Information Ruled OK in Some Instances

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a debt collector did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) when it made multiple calls to a third party in an effort to locate a debtor. In Worsham v. Accounts Receivable Management, filed yesterday, a debt collector, who was unable to locate a debtor, instead

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Ethics and Consumer Financial Services Law

Thanks to all who attended my November 9 presentation in New York on Ethics and Consumer Financial Services Law. You can obtain a copy of the powerpoint here: Ethics6. The handout can be accessed here: Avoiding ethical pitfalls 20121105.

Marx v. General Revenue – SCOTUS Oral Argument Transcript

I have today’s transcript from oral argument before the Supreme Court in Marx v. General Revenue. Ms. Marx lost her Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) case against General Revenue. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d), which permits the court’s clerk to tax costs to a prevailing party, the trial court taxed her with General Revenue’s

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Michigan State Bar Questions CFPB’s Authority to Regulate Attorneys

I ran across this post at the State Bar of Michigan Blog (http://sbmblog.typepad.com). It is the first state bar organization to mention the regulation of attorneys by CFPB fiat. There you have it — go Michigan, you’re #1! You can read it for yourself here. Let me know if your State or local bar has

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November 6 Webinar: What Debt Collectors, Debt Buyers, and Collection Lawyers Need To Know About the CFPB Larger Participant Rule and CFPB Exams

Election Day is next Tuesday and it is also an opportunity to learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s plans to regulate attorneys and small businesses. Join me at 11:30 am ET along with Alan Kaplinsky, Chris Willis and John Culhane of Ballard Spahr for this webinar on the Larger Participant Rule issued by

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