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5th Cir. Holds FDCPA Plaintiff Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees Following Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s denial of an award of attorney’s fees to a debtor who settled his claims against a debt collector for purported violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and parallel state law consumer protection statutes.

8th Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Debt Collector Failed To Meet Its Evidentiary Burden in Collection Lawsuits

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims in consolidated cases brought under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act against a debt collector law firm, after the debt collector law firm failed to meet evidentiary burdens in various collection lawsuits.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Borrower’s Writ of Mandamus and Prohibition Challenges to Foreclosure

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently affirmed the dismissal of a borrower’s complaint for a writ of mandamus and a writ of prohibition filed against the successor to trial court judges who presided over a foreclosure action in which judgment was entered against the borrower.

9th Cir. Holds FDCPA ‘Bona Fide Error’ Defense Can Be Raised in ‘Out of Statute’ (Time-Barred) Debt Cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court’s dismissal of allegations that the defendant violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a collection letter threatening litigation over a time-barred or "out-of-statute" debt and filing a lawsuit seeking to collect the debt.

Calif. App. Court (2nd Dist) Holds Interest Payment Not Required on Escrowed Hazard Insurance Proceeds

The Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, recently held that neither California Civil Code section 2954.8 nor the parties’ loan agreement required the mortgagee to pay interest on insurance proceeds it held in escrow following the destruction of the plaintiff's home.