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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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SCOTUS to Decide Whether Entity is FDCPA ‘Debt Collector’ Merely Because It Purchases Defaulted Debt

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that it will review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. As you may recall from our prior update, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the fact that a

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7th Cir. Holds Judgment Against Bankruptcy Debtor’s Husband Did Not Violate Co-Debtor Stay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a bank’s lawsuit against the husband of a debtor who had filed for bankruptcy did not violate the co-debtor stay because the husband’s credit card debts were not a consumer debt for which the debtor was personally liable. A copy of the opinion

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6th Cir. Rejects Debt Collector’s Efforts to Distinguish Campbell-Ewald Following Offer of Judgment Success in Trial Court

Applying Campbell-Ewald, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit revived a consumer plaintiff’s ability to proceed with a putative class action, holding that an unaccepted offer of settlement or judgment generally does not moot a case, even if the offer would fully satisfy the plaintiff’s demands for relief. A copy of the opinion

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9th Cir. Rules Every Debt Collector – Not Just First to Communicate – Must Comply With FDCPA’s Section 1692g

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a case of first impression and the first published circuit court opinion to address the issue, recently held that each and every debt collector — not just the first one to communicate with a debtor — must send the debt validation notice required by the

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Mass. Call Count Cap Violated by Debt Collector Not Leaving Voicemail Message

A Massachusetts Superior Court recently held that reaching a debtor’s voicemail, but choosing to not leave a message, is a “communication” under the Massachusetts Debt Collection Regulations, 940 Code Mass. Regs. § 704(1)(f). A copy of the opinion in Watkins v. Glenn Associates, Inc. is available at: Link to Opinion. The plaintiff sued for injunctive relief

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CFPB Issues Outline of Possible Debt Collection Rules

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an outline of its proposals for rules under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The FDCPA regulates the practices of debt collectors, primarily persons who collect consumer debt on behalf of others and sometimes persons who purchase defaulted consumer debts. The CFPB’s outline displays its intention to

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Ala. App. Court Rejects Debtor’s Attempt to Recast Creditor’s Claims to Make Them Time-Barred

The Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama recently rejected a debtor’s attempt to recast a creditor’s collection claims to make the claims subject to a shorter statute of limitations. In so ruling, the Court held that Alabama’s civil procedure rule as to motion for summary judgment affidavits is satisfied by testimony as to an affiant’s

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Maryland Court Holds No Time Limit to Attack a Judgment as ‘Void’

A judgment debtor’s lawsuit requesting the court declare a judgment as “void” is not subject to any limitations period, under a decision from Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals. However, claims arising from the “void” judgment may be subject to Maryland statutes of limitations according to the decision in Jason v. National Loan Recoveries, LLC, available

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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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