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Maryland High Court Rules Debtors’ Attempts to Void Judgments for Unlicensed Debt Collection Subject to 3-Year SOL

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.

DC Expands Debt Collection Law to Cover More Creditors, Debt Types

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.

7th Cir. Holds Collecting ‘Fees on Fees’ Did Not Violate the FDCPA

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.

6th Cir. Holds Mere Confusion Does Not Impart Article III Standing, Reverses FDCPA Ruling in Favor of Defendant

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.

2nd Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Debt Settlement Offer Did Not Disclose Accruing Interest and Fees

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.

Compliance Conundrum: 11th Cir. Holds Disclosing Consumer Information to Third Party Letter Vendors Violates FDCPA

On April 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision holding that the transmittal of consumer information to a letter vendor constitutes a communication with an unauthorized third party in connection with the collection of a debt in violation of 15 U.S.C. § 1692c(b).

3rd Cir. Holds No FDCPA Violation When Non-Interest-Bearing Debt Itemized ‘$0.00’ for Interest

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a class action complaint alleging that a collection letter’s itemization of a debt as including “$0.00” in interest and fees — when the debt could not accrue interest or fees — violated the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

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.