Archive for November 2015 – Page 2

New Jersey Bill Requires ‘Good Faith’ Identity Theft Determinations

A New Jersey Senate bill introduced in 2014 relating to debt collectors’ responsibilities upon receipt of notice of identity theft or misidentification crossed over to the Assembly this week. S1344 received unanimous support in the Senate Commerce Committee, with amendments, and passed from the Senate on third reading by a vote of 32-0. The bill

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Florida Court Confirms Substituted Foreclosure Plaintiff Must Prove Standing of Original Plaintiff

The District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, recently reversed a final judgment of foreclosure where a substituted plaintiff failed to prove the original plaintiff had standing when suit was filed. In so ruling, the Appellate Court confirmed that it is not enough for a plaintiff to prove standing when the case is tried,

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Supervisory Highlights Reveals Wide-Spread Compliance by Debt Collectors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest edition of Supervisory Highlights was released last week. I expected some stinging comments directed at debt collectors and debt buyers, given the recent consent decrees. What I found was the opposite. The 45-page report devoted only three paragraphs to supervised ARM entities. And, what was reported only indicates the potential

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CFPB Issues Supervisory Highlights (Fall 2015), Including Discussion of Fair Lending Compliance

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its Supervisory Highlights (Issue 9, Fall 2015), a copy of which is available here. The CFPB reported that, among other things, its “supervisory activities have either led to or supported six recent public enforcement actions, resulting in $764.9 million being returned to consumers and $50.7 million

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Florida Court Holds No Private Right of Action for Florida ‘Anti-Check Cashing Fee’ Statute

The Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fifth District, recently affirmed the dismissal of a check payee’s claims against the drawee bank for charging a fee to cash the check in person, holding that while section 655.85, Florida Statutes, prohibits the bank from charging such a fee, it does not create a private

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MD Fla. Disagrees With, Distinguishes Beauvais in Fla. Foreclosure Statute of Limitations Case

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently confirmed that Florida’s statute of limitations did not bar a mortgagee from filing a new foreclosure action based on non-payment or other kinds of defaults within the past five years, even where the prior foreclosure action was dismissed without prejudice and acceleration of the

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Could Spokeo Mean Rough Road Ahead for FCRA, TCPA, FDCPA Plaintiffs?

Yesterday’s oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Spokeo v. Robins suggests a struggle to fashion an understanding of what can constitute an “injury in fact.” It pitted the issue of whether a plaintiff’s standing to sue requires a tangible, concrete injury (loss of money, a job or property right) against the concept that the law can

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2nd Cir. Holds ID Theft Claim Under NY’s FCRA Not Preempted by Federal FCRA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that identity theft claims under New York’s Fair Credit Reporting Act based on a bank’s alleged vicarious liability for identity theft supposedly perpetrated by its employees are not preempted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). However, to the extent that the claims

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