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7th Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Amount of Debt Was Disputed, and Letters Were Sent to Debtors’ Counsel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a debt collection verification letter, which sought to collect interest on a credit card debt for months after the time when the bank that issued the card did not send monthly statements, was not "false" and would not have misled their attorney in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Three of New York City’s New Language Access Rules for Debt Collection Can Apply to Creditors

On June 27, the City of New York’s new rules aimed at language access in debt collection become effective. I am often asked whether they apply to creditors as well. It appears that particular provisions of the new rules do cover creditors collecting their own debt.

Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Allows CCRAA Plaintiff to Inquire Into Acceptance Rates of ‘Firm Offer of Credit’ Campaigns

The Court of Appeal for the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that a trial court improperly denied a consumer’s motion to compel an answer to the consumer's special interrogatory, as the interrogatory was relevant to create a reasonable inference which would have defeated a lender’s motion for summary judgment.

Joint Industry Letter to NYCDCA Seeks Extension, Poses 25 FAQs

Yesterday ARM industry trade associations ACA, New York State Collectors Association and the Receivables Management Association International (RMAI), along with the National Creditors Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association submitted a joint letter to the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (formerly the Department of Consumer Affairs) requesting a 60-day extension to the effective date of its new language preference rules. 

7th Cir. Holds FDCPA Claims Failed Due to No Evidence of ‘Confusing or Misleading to Significant Fraction of Population’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed entry of summary judgment in favor of a debt collector that its collection letter language was “false, misleading or deceptive” in violation of section 1692e of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.