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9th Cir. Holds TCPA’s Federal Debt-Collection Exception Unconstitutional, Joins 4th Cir.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed the dismissal of a putative class action under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act finding that the plaintiff adequately alleged that the defendant placed calls using an automated telephone dialing system. In so ruling, the…

7th Cir. Says ‘Costs’ Includes Collector’s Percentage Fee, Disagrees With 8th and 11th Circuits

Distinguishing contrary rulings from the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a debt collector’s percentage fee was recoverable under the language of a contract that required the consumer to pay “any costs (including reasonable attorney’s…

7th Cir. Holds Plaintiff Lacked Standing in ADA ‘Website Accessibility’ Case Against Credit Union

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a blind plaintiff lacked standing to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for alleged accessibility problems with a credit union’s website because he could not establish an injury in fact as…

Calif. App. Court (1st Dist) Holds Rosenthal Act Allows Class Actions, Cure Provisions to Apply to Debtor Notices

In an unreported opinion, the Court of Appeal for the First District of California recently held that a debt collector that violated the minimum type-size requirement for collection letters under Cal. Civil Code § 1812.701(b) may utilize the procedure for curing violations under California’s Rosenthal…

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Foreclosure Decree ‘Final and Appealable’ Even Without Adjudication of Other Liens

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that, although a foreclosure decree did not specify certain amounts of outstanding liens due and owing upon the property, it nevertheless was a final, appealable order that left no issues remaining to be determined as to the rights…

SCOTUS Adopts ‘Objectively Reasonable’ Standard for Violations of Bankruptcy Discharge Orders

In determining the legal standard for holding a creditor in civil contempt for attempting to collect a debt in violation of a bankruptcy discharge order, the Supreme Court of the United States adopted an “objectively reasonable” standard, and held that a court may hold a…