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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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Missouri Federal Court Says ‘Benign’ Language on Envelope Does Not Violate FDCPA

The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri recently granted a debt collector’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding an internal account number displayed on the envelope of a demand letter did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it did not reveal the plaintiff was a debtor.

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7th Cir. Reverses Denial of Class Cert. in FDCPA ‘Time-Barred Debt’ Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed a district court’s denial of class certification in a putative class action alleging that a debt collector violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending supposedly misleading letters to Illinois residents trying to collect time-barred debts. A copy of the opinion

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FDCPA Lawsuit Tossed for Failure to Disclose Claim in Bankruptcy Petition

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed a debtor’s claims for violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the New Jersey Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), holding the debtor’s failure to schedule his lawsuit as an asset of his bankruptcy estate deprived

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