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9th Cir. Holds CAFA Amount in Controversy Includes Future Attorney’s Fees Incurred After Removal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s order remanding a putative class action lawsuit to state court on the ground that the defendant removing party failed to prove that the amount in controversy exceeded $5 million, as required…

8th Cir. Rules Terminating Bank Employees for Criminal Convictions Involving Dishonesty Not Unlawful Discrimination

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of a bank that was sued by a putative class alleging discriminatory employment practices that supposedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Iowa Civil…

7th Cir. Holds Plaintiff’s Settlement of Parallel Claim Against Another Defendant Mooted FDCPA Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed a judgment against a debt collector, finding that the plaintiff’s settlement with the creditor for the same indivisible injury mooted the plaintiff’s federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims for statutory damages, attorneys’…

11th Cir. Holds No FCRA Violation for Reporting Forbearance Payments as ‘Past Due’ and ‘Delinquent’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that the reporting of a mortgage account as past due and delinquent during a forbearance plan was neither inaccurate nor materially misleading under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 U.S.C. § 1681,…

7th Cir. Holds Debt Collector Did Not Violate FDCPA by Complying With State Procedural Rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that service of a motion for default judgment directly upon a plaintiff consumer known to be represented by counsel did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, where the plaintiff’s attorney had yet…

7th Cir. Holds Field Servicing Company That Installed Door Hangers Not FDCPA ‘Debt Collector’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a mortgage field servicing company’s actions were too attenuated from its mortgage servicer client’s own debt collection efforts to be considered a debt collector under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Accordingly,…

California Imposes SOL Notice Requirement on Debt Collectors; Bans Legal Action on ‘Time-Barred’ Debt

On Aug. 22, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 1526, relating to the collection of debt that is beyond the statute of limitations for bringing legal action. Since 2014, debt buyers collecting from California residents have been required by Cal Civ Code § 1788.52(d)(2) to…

8th Cir. Holds TCPA Plaintiff Lacked Standing, but Case Should Be Remanded Not Dismissed With Prejudice

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that a plaintiff lacked standing to pursue an alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) against a defendant that supposedly did not provide a proper opt-out notice in its advertisement faxes because the…