February 5, 2018

Mulvaney Reins in the CFPB

On November 24, 2017, the White House appointed Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB, effective November 27, 2017. Since then, concerns have been raised that Mulvaney might ‘gut”…

February 2, 2018

District Court Dismisses Suit Over Collection Letter

Any opinion that starts out by stating “[t]his case is about $82.00” is not likely to go well for one party and in this instance, that was the case for…

October 27, 2017

Eleventh Circuit Continues to Explore Definition of Debt Collector

An unpublished opinion from the Eleventh Circuit continues its analysis of the definition of a debt collector and continues to narrow the applicability of the FDCPA. As many may recall,…

October 27, 2017

Eleventh Circuit Holds Voice Mail Message is a Communication

The Eleventh Circuit has held that a voice mail message left for a consumer is a “communication” under the FDCPA.  In Hart v. Credit Control, LLC, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS…

October 27, 2017

District Court Opinion Provides Road Map for Successful Bona Fide Error Defense

The FDCPA, through section 1692d(6), prohibits a debt collector from placing telephone calls to a debtor “without meaningful disclosure of the caller’s identity.” 15 U.S.C. § 1692d(6). The FDCPA also…

May 23, 2017

District Court Takes on the Intersection of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA

A New York District Court recently tackled the intersection between bankruptcy and pre-petition FDCPA claims and the application of judicial estoppel to undisclosed claims. In December 2013, Jeziorowski filed a…

May 22, 2017

CFPB Issues its Annual Fair Lending Report and Sets its 2017 Agenda

The CFPB has issued its 2016 Fair Lending Report which provides a summary of the Bureau’s efforts in fair lending for 2016.  The Report also includes an indication of the…

May 17, 2017

$1.90 Can’t Buy You an FDCPA Violation

A consumer who sued a debt collector over an inaccurate statement as to the amount of a settlement offer recently saw his complaint dismissed for lack of standing.  In Allgire…

April 6, 2017

Misstated Summons Did Not Create FDCPA Violation

A summons which stated the consumer had thirty days to answer a debt collection suit did not violate the FDCPA when the state rules of civil procedure only provided for…

March 22, 2017

CFPB Monthly Report Returns its Focus to Credit Reporting

The CFPB issued its monthly report on consumer complaints this month, providing a high-level snapshot of the recent trends in consumer complaints. The Report provides a summary of the volume…

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