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7th Cir. Holds Plaintiff’s Oral Testimony of Payment Demand in Violation of FDCPA Insufficient to Defeat Defendant’s Documentary Evidence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a plaintiff’s oral testimony that a $100 payment was demanded of her in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was insufficient to withstand summary judgment where the debt collector defendant…

1st Cir. Confirms Rooker-Feldman Barred Borrower’s State and Federal Law Claims

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of a borrower’s state and federal law claims, concluding that the trial court lacked jurisdiction under the Rooker-Feldman doctrine, because the borrower’s federal suit sought to invalidate the state courts’ judgments. A copy…

11th Cir. Upholds Approval of FACTA Class Settlement Despite Non-Lodestar Class Counsel Fees, Other Issues

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a class settlement where the defendant allegedly violated the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) by printing point-of-sale credit card receipts that included more than the last five digits of the card…

Missouri Supreme Court Denies Arbitration Where Chosen Arbitrator No Longer Available

The Supreme Court of Missouri recently affirmed the denial of a lender’s motion to compel arbitration of a consumer’s putative class claims because the arbitration provision at issue designated the use of a specific arbitrator which was no longer available to handle creditor claims. A…

Fla. Supreme Court Changes Standard for Admitting Expert Testimony Into Evidence

The Supreme Court of Florida recently held that the Florida Legislature’s 2013 amendment of the Florida Rules of Evidence adopting the federal Daubert standard for admitting expert testimony was unconstitutional. In so ruling, the Court returned Florida to the Frye standard for admitting expert testimony.…

9th Cir. Holds Class Counsel Fee Award Improperly Failed to Treat Credits as ‘Coupons’ Under CAFA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the trial court erred in awarding $8.7 million in attorneys’ fees in a class action settlement because it did not treat $20 credits issued as part of the settlement as “coupons” under the Class…

11th Cir. Rejects Borrower Challenges Alleging Lender-Placed Insurance Overcharges, Kickbacks

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of consolidated putative class action cases against mortgage loan servicers and an insurance company, holding that the filed-rate doctrine barred the plaintiffs’ claims. A copy of the opinion in Pankaj Patel, et…

3rd Cir. Holds Statement That Debt Forgiveness ‘Might’ Be Reported to IRS Might Violate FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a statement in a letter to the effect that forgiveness of the debt “might” be reported to the Internal Revenue Service may constitute a violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).…