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11th Cir. Holds Debtor Cannot Use State Law to Revive Time-Barred FDCPA Claim

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed a trial court order dismissing a consumer’s lawsuit holding that Georgia’s renewal statute, O.C.G.A. § 9-2- 61, did not save a claim that is otherwise time-barred under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

11th Cir. Holds Class Representative ‘Incentive Awards’ Prohibited by SCOTUS Precedent

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently reversed and partially vacated approval of a class representative’s incentive award, remanding the case to the trial court to adequately explain its fee award, its denial of a class member’s objections, and its approval of the class settlement. 

5th Cir. Holds Overpayment of Grant Money Qualified as ‘Debt’ Under FDCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that a consumer’s contractual obligation to repay an overpayment in government grant money received by the debtor qualified as a “debt” under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because it involved a consensual promise to repay in exchange for receipt of an item of value, and the subject of the transaction was primarily for personal, family, or household purposes.

7th Cir. Holds Separately Reporting Debts to Same Creditor Not ‘Unfair or Unconscionable’ Under FDCPA 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of consumers’ claims that a debt collector's separate reporting of debts accrued for medical services, rather than aggregated together, violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). 

Mass. SJC: Debt Collector Can’t Use Arbitration Provision to Thwart Class Action

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently affirmed a lower court’s denial of a debt collector’s motion to compel arbitration, holding that the defendant had failed to provide “clear and definite” evidence of the parties’ intent that it benefit from the arbitration provision at issue.

Debt Collection Communications Receive New Protection Under U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent TCPA Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that a fix was needed to the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act. But its decision in Barr v. American Assn. of Political Consultants, Inc. provides no TCPA relief for legitimate businesses that use technology to communicate with their customers.

7th Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Amount of Debt Was Disputed, and Letters Were Sent to Debtors’ Counsel

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a debt collection verification letter, which sought to collect interest on a credit card debt for months after the time when the bank that issued the card did not send monthly statements, was not "false" and would not have misled their attorney in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

Three of New York City’s New Language Access Rules for Debt Collection Can Apply to Creditors

On June 27, the City of New York’s new rules aimed at language access in debt collection become effective. I am often asked whether they apply to creditors as well. It appears that particular provisions of the new rules do cover creditors collecting their own debt.