Archive for Debt Collection

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statutory Post-Judgment Interest Allowed for All Non-Tort Actions

The Supreme Court of Missouri recently affirmed, in part, a trial court order dismissing two debtors’ petitions attempting to assert violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act against a hospital for failure to state a claim, holding that judgments in non-tort actions include post-judgment interest as a

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11th Cir. Holds V-Mail Asking Debtor to Call Back is FDCPA ‘Communication,’ But Callers Needn’t Provide Names

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a voicemail from a debt collector that merely asks for the debtor to call back constitutes an initial communication under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) requiring the so-called “mini-Miranda” warning. In so ruling, the Court also held that a debt

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9th Cir. Holds Creditor in Fraudulent Transfer Action May Recover Amounts Above Collateralized Debt

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that, where husband and wife debtors fraudulently transferred assets, the creditor was entitled to the full sum the creditor would have recovered and was not limited to the amount of the collateralized debt. In so ruling, the Ninth Circuit reversed a bankruptcy court and

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5th Cir. Holds Threat of Lawsuit to Collect Partially Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided that attorneys representing a condominium association did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening non-judicial foreclosure on debt that was partially but not fully time barred. A copy of the opinion in Mahmoud v. De Moss

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ED NY Holds ‘Door Knocker’ Notice Did Not Violate FDCPA, But ‘Hello Letter’ May Have

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently granted in part and denied in part a mortgage servicer’s motion to dismiss a borrower’s claim that the servicing transfer notice supposedly violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it allegedly did not disclose that the debt was increasing due

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Third Circuit Serves Up Double Fault in FDCPA, TCPA Decision

A recent decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals examines both the provision of consent under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the bona fide error defense for debt collectors under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The decision has dire implications for debt collectors, creditors and any commercial enterprise

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5th Cir. Holds Debt Collector’s Obligation to Report Debt as Disputed Not Limited By § 1692g

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in favor of the debtor and against a debt collector, where the debt collector failed to mark the debtor’s account as disputed when it credit reported the account. The debt collector admitted that it

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9th Cir. Rejects Debtor’s Attempt to Avoid SBA Judgment by Disclaiming Inheritance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s judgment in favor of the U.S. Small Business Administration in a Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA) lawsuit the SBA filed against a loan guarantor to satisfy a default judgment assigned to it after the guarantor disclaimed an inheritance to avoid

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Stating Intent Not to Sue in Letter Collecting ‘Time-Barred’ Debt Violates FDCPA Without Proper Disclosures, Says 7th Cir.

A debt buying company’s letter to collect a debt subject to the defense of an expired limitations period was found to violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it failed to disclose that 1) a payment or promise can revive the limitations period; and, 2) the law limits or prohibits the debt collector

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5th Cir. Holds Wage Garnishment Served More Than 90 Days Before Bankruptcy Is Avoidable Transfer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that the collection of garnished wages earned during the 90 days prior to the filing of a bankruptcy petition is an avoidable transfer, even if the garnishment was served before the 90-day preference period. The ruling creates a potential split with the Second, Seventh,

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Maryland High Court Holds Defendant Waived Arbitration by Filing Collection Action, No Prejudice Required for Waiver

The Court of Appeals of Maryland, the state’s highest court, recently held that a debt collector waived its contractual right to arbitrate the claims against it when it chose to litigate the collection action outside of arbitration. The Court also held that a finding of prejudice was not required under Maryland law to find waiver

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Statutory Interest Cannot Accrue on Charged-off Credit Cards, Says Kentucky Supreme Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court recently ruled that a debt buying company may not charge or collect statutory interest under section 360.010 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes on an account it acquired after it was charged off by the original creditor. Carol Harrell’s credit card account was charged off by the original creditor on Jan. 18,

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