The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and federal and state courts in Massachusetts decided several important cases for the consumer financial services industry in 2021. Two related cases concerned the constitutionality of a Massachusetts regulation limiting telephone contact with debtors and a third ruling came from the First Circuit on a federal TCPA action.
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Here are my choices for the most influential decisions in consumer credit litigation in the past year from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The cases concerned Article III standing, credit reporting, unwanted faxes, and an FDCPA "interest accrual" claim.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed down several noteworthy decisions impacting consumer credit law in 2021 concerning the disclosure of consumer account information, communications with consumers, itemization of debt, and whether a debtor’s spouse is liable for certain debts.
In its top consumer credit law decisions of 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit determined that settlement of an FDCPA claim does not trigger an attorney fee award, examined third-party contact as a "communication" under the FDCPA, and ruled there was no "partial surrender" of collateral in a Chapter 13 plan.
On their own initiative, the active judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit have taken a vote and will hear the appeal, en banc, in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion today vacating its earlier decision in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc. and issued a new opinion that does not provide a “quick fix” for the credit and collection industry.
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).
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).
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.
On April 7, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a Proposed Rule that would postpone the effective date of the Debt Collection Final Rules, Part 1 and Part 2, by 60 days, from Nov. 30, 2021, to Jan. 29, 2022.
The State of Florida, like many states, maintains a robust workers’ compensation statute geared toward insulating employees injured on the job from associated medical services. Now, lawsuits continue to be filed against debt collectors, hospitals and other medical providers alleging that under a novel interpretation of Florida’s workers’ compensation law, it is unlawful to attempt to collect medical debt arising from work-related injuries directly from consumers.