Archive for Debt Collection

8th Cir. Applies ‘Materiality’ Requirement to FDCPA Action, Joining Other Circuits

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently joined with the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in applying a materiality standard to section 1692e of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In doing so, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s order granting judgment in favor of a debt

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Mass. SJC Holds Passive Debt Buyers Are Not ‘Debt Collectors’ Under State Law

In an important decision for the debt buying industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that passive debt buyers are not “debt collectors” under the Massachusetts Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (MDCPA). A copy of the decision in Dorrian v. LVNV Funding, LLC is available at:  Link to Opinion. An amicus brief filed by Receivables Management Association

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7th Cir. Holds Debt Collector May Rely on Information from Creditor

Joining with the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment order in favor of a debt collector and against a debtor finding that the debt collector did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by only verifying the information

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ED NY Dismisses FDCPA Claim Based on Non-Disclosure of Potential Fees, Costs

The day before the Second Circuit shut down reverse-Avila claims with its decision in Taylor v. Financial Recovery Services, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York dismissed an FDCPA Avila claim involving potential future fees and costs in Derosa v. Computer Credit, Inc. A copy of the opinion is available at:  Link to

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2nd Cir. Cleans Up Interest Disclosure Mess, Upholds Taylor

Just over two years to the day after it issued its opinion in Avila v. Riexinger & Associates, LLC, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a critical blow to a recent spate of FDCPA lawsuits attempting to create liability out of thin air. A copy of the opinion in Taylor v. Financial Recovery Services is

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SD Fla. Holds No FDCPA Violation for Naming Payment Processor, Lender in Debt Validation Notice

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently granted summary judgment in favor of a defendant debt collector in a putative class action alleging violations of sections 1692g and 1692e of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), holding that the “debt validation notice” letter at issue was neither confusing nor

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3rd Cir. Holds Settlement Offer as to Time-Barred Debt May Violate FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a collection letter sent to collect a time-barred debt that makes a “settlement offer” to accept payment “in settlement of” the debt could potentially violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s (FDCPA) general prohibition against “any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means

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7th Cir. Holds Debt Collector Violated FDCPA Despite Using Miller Safe Harbor Language

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that “debt collectors cannot immunize themselves from FDCPA liability by blindly copying and pasting the Miller safe harbor language” where that language is inaccurate under the circumstances. Accordingly, the Seventh Circuit reversed the trial court decision granting the debt collector’s motion to dismiss. A

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Use of FTC ‘Approved’ Disclosure No Safe Harbor Against FDCPA Claim

A recent decision from a trial court sitting in Illinois calls into question whether debt collectors can rely on a widely used disclosure when collecting debt that may be subject to an expired limitations period. A copy of the opinion in Richardson v. LVNV Funding, LLC is available at:  Link to Opinion. In 2012 the Federal Trade

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11th Cir. Rejects Challenge to Debtors’ Ability to Recover Attorney’s Fees in Stay Violation Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held, in a case of first impression, that “the Bankruptcy Code authorizes payment of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by debtors in successfully pursuing an action for damages resulting from the violation of the automatic stay and in defending the damages award on appeal.” A

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9th Cir. Holds FDCPA Preempts State Judgment Execution Laws

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act preempted state judgment execution law insofar as it permitted debt collectors to execute on FDCPA claims. In so ruling, the Court held that debt collectors cannot evade the restrictions of federal law by obtaining a collection

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Debt Collection Rulemaking on Hold Amid CFPB Rancor

The future of federal rules covering debt collection has been thrown into doubt amid the leadership change at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In one of his first actions since taking the helm of the CFPB as acting director, Mick Mulvaney announced a halt on all Bureau rulemaking, reported Reuters. It has been more than

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