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Posts published in November 2015

MD Fla Denies Class Cert. in FDCPA Case, Citing Ascertainability, Predominance Issues

In an action alleging that the defendants violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by sending a form letter attempting to collect on allegedly time-barred debts, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently denied the plaintiff’s motion for class…

2nd Cir. Holds FDCPA Action Accrues When Injury Occurs, Not Necessarily When Violation Occurs

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently reversed dismissal of a federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claim based on the statute of limitations, holding that an FDCPA violation occurs when a bank freezes a debtor’s bank account, not when a…

Pennsylvania Bill Would Drastically Limit Telephone Calls to Debtors

On Nov. 20, Pennsylvania Senators Greenleaf, Tartaglione, Rafferty and Pileggi introduced SB 1072, which was referred to the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee.  The legislation, if enacted, would the limit the number of telephone communications that a creditor or debt collector may have with…

Oregon Fed. Court Holds Request to ‘Please’ Provide Debt Dispute in Writing Violates FDCPA

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon recently held that a notice provided pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1692g that also contained additional language requesting that a dispute of the debt “please” be sent in writing violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act…

6th Cir. Holds Voicemail to Third Party Did Not Convey Info as to Debt, Did Not Violate FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed judgment on the pleadings in favor of a debt collector because the voicemail in question, which was left at the plaintiff’s business, was not a “communication” as defined by the federal Fair Debt Collection…

Fla. UDAAP Class Claim for Injunctive Relief Can Survive Where There is No Actual Loss

Providing a putative class representative with complete relief did not moot his individual and class demand for declaratory and injunctive relief under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) according to a recent decision from a divided panel of Florida’s First District Court…

11th Cir. Confirms Arbitration Delegation Clause Must Be Challenged Specifically

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that a party challenging an arbitration agreement containing a delegation clause – requiring threshold determinations, such as whether an arbitration agreement is enforceable, to be made by an arbitrator – must challenge the delegation…