On Oct. 8, S.737A was signed into New York law, “requiring debt collectors to inform debtors that written communications are available in large print format.” The legislation becomes effective Nov. 7, 2021.
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The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, recently held that judgments obtained by an unlicensed debt buyer were not void, and that the debtors' claims for unjust enrichment and money damages under the Maryland Consumer Protection Act (MCPA) and the Maryland Consumer Debt Collection Act (MCDCA) were subject to Maryland's general three-year statute of limitations.
The District of Columbia recently passed legislation to substantially revise its debt collection law on an emergency basis. The amended law became effective Sept. 23, 2021. DC’s debt collection law was first enacted in 1971 and the amendments not only make it more burdensome for debt collectors but also for most financial services companies and other businesses operating in the District who were not previously within the scope of the law.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed judgment in a debt collector’s favor against claims that its efforts to collect attorney’s fees incurred to collect a debt — including the fees incurred in collecting the attorney’s fees — violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently reversed a trial court order granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant on a consumer’s claim that the defendant violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced on July 30, 2021, that it will be withdrawing its earlier proposal to extend the Regulation F effective date by 60 days. Thus, the original effective date of Nov. 30, 2021, will remain.
Scolding plaintiff’s attorneys who “manipulate” the FDCPA for their own personal gain, U.S. District Judge Gary R. Brown on July 23 issued an opinion in a consolidated matter dismissing multiple complaints alleging debt collectors violated the FDCPA by transmitting consumer information to lender vendors engaged to print or send dunning letters.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed judgments entered in separate cases consolidated on appeal in favor of several credit reporting agencies rejecting consumers’ claims of violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
Nevada SB248, which regulates the collection of certain medical debt in the state, becomes effective July 1. The bill, introduced in March 2021, was rushed through the Legislature before it went out of session on June 1. The result is that SB248 is a broken piece of legislation bound to cause harm to medical consumers, the medical collections industry, and health care providers.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that a collection notice that provided settlement payment options but did not state that the balance may increase due to interest and fees, did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s prohibition against false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s judgment in favor of a consumer reporting agency (CRA).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of debt collectors over claims of purported violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.