Author Archive for Eric Rosenkoetter

5th Cir. Holds No Wrongful Foreclosure Without Completed Foreclosure Sale, Substitute Trustee Fraudulently Joined

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s denial of a mortgagor’s motion for remand because the non-diverse substitute foreclosure trustee was improperly joined in order to defeat diversity jurisdiction. The Fifth Circuit also affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of the trustee and loan servicer

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5th Cir. Confirms Lack of Receipt of Foreclosure Notice Not Fatal, Upholds FDCPA Attorney’s Fees Against Borrowers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently confirmed that a claim of lack of receipt of a notice of default and intent to foreclose does not establish any defect in foreclosure proceedings, and that borrowers can be liable for attorney’s fees for bringing an action against a mortgage servicer under the Fair

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5th Cir. Holds Tax Buyers Not Subject to TILA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a transfer of a tax lien to a tax buyer under Texas law does not constitute an extension of credit that is subject to the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). A copy of the opinion in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC is

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Supreme Court Holds Law Firms’ Use of AG Letterhead Does Not Raise ‘Specter of Consumer Confusion’

In a unanimous decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that attorneys retained as independent contractors by the Ohio Attorney General to collect debts owed to the state do not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when sending collection letters on Attorney General letterhead. In so ruling, the Court noted that the

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Rhode Island ‘Expired Debt Act’ More Than Name Implies

On Jan. 7, the Expired Debt Act (EDA) was introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and referred to the House Committee on Judiciary.  The bill was introduced by State Representatives Shekarchi, Solomon, Regunberg, McEntee, and Craven. Since 2007, Rhode Island has had its own Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (RIFDCPA) that is, for

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Illinois Enacts Legislative Fix to Collection Agency Act

On Jan. 29, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law SB 1369 that provides welcomed corrections to the Illinois Collection Agency Act that was amended in 2015 by HB 3332. In a previous CFS blog, we described the proposed changes in SB 1369 that would rewind some of the unintended consequences wrought by HB

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Massachusetts Collection Law Firms Are Now ‘Debt Collectors’

In an Opinion Letter letter dated Nov. 2, the Massachusetts Division of Banks declared that collection law firms in Massachusetts are required to obtain a debt collector license pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 92, § 24 et. seq. The Opinion Letter was in response to correspondence from a Massachusetts collection law firm inquiring whether

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Drastically Limit Telephone Calls to Debtors

On Nov. 20, Pennsylvania Senators Greenleaf, Tartaglione, Rafferty and Pileggi introduced SB 1072, which was referred to the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee.  The legislation, if enacted, would the limit the number of telephone communications that a creditor or debt collector may have with a debtor to three, total. The legislation amends the Pennsylvania

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Illinois Bill Provides Welcome Fix to Illinois Collection Agency Act

A recent Illinois bill provides a welcome fix to the Illinois Collection Agency Act (ICAA). The legislation, SB 1369, corrects amendments made to the ICAA this past August.  Those amendments potentially expanded sections of the ICAA to commercial debt and would require disclosures contrary to (and possibly in violation of) the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices

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U.S. Senator Introduces ‘Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act of 2015’

Bill targets collectors seeking repayment of government debt and debt buyers On Nov. 5, U.S. Senator Cory Booker introduced S. 2255, the “Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act of 2015.”  Though primarily targeted toward debt collectors collecting on obligations owed to the federal government, the bill also brings debt buyers into the FDCPA definition of “debt

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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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Massachusetts Legislature Mulls Harmful Consumer Debt Collection Bill

Proposed legislation to enact Massachusetts’ Family Financial Protection Act (S. 146 – H. 804)  was considered during a hearing before the Joint Financial Services Committee on Oct. 27. The legislation, in part, defines active and passive debt buyers as “debt collectors.” It also places limits on garnishable wages, establishes a three-year statute of limitations, prohibits revival upon payment, and places

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