Graham W. Gerhardt

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Graham W. Gerhardt is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Banking and Financial Services practice groups. His practice concentrates on representing financial institutions and mortgage companies in civil litigation. Graham defends causes of action including alleged violations of TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, and FCRA. He also litigates cases throughout the Southeast involving allegations of predatory lending, wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, and deceptive trade practices. View articles by Graham

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FTC Imposes $110 Million Fine Against Payment Facilitator and Its Executives

Payment processor/facilitator Allied Wallet, its CEO, and two other corporate officers, recently agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that they assisted or knowingly processed fraudulent transactions for merchant-clients. This action indicates that enforcement actions against payment processors are alive and well, despite the FTC’s previously announced end of “Operation Chokepoint,” which, among other … Continue Reading

Alabama Supreme Court Says Cash Advance Company Not a Debt Collector

The Supreme Court of Alabama has reversed a jury verdict awarding the plaintiff $200,000 in damages, ruling on appeal that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) did not apply to the pawn transaction at issue. The case, Complete Cash Holdings, LLC v. Powell, arose from a forged title-pawn agreement. Ms. Powell’s granddaughter stole title … Continue Reading

Consumer Lending Industry Targeted by the Alabama Legislature

Last month, a group of 45 members of Alabama’s House of Representatives introduced a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution that would cap the interest rate a lender may charge an individual on a “consumer loan, line of credit, or other financial product.” The proposed amendment, currently known as House Bill 321, is a direct … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies Standing Requirements for FDCPA Plaintiffs

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has clarified the type of injury that must be alleged by a plaintiff suing under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This decision, in Church v. Accretive Health, Inc., is the first from the Eleventh Circuit applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent holding in Spokeo v. Robins. … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies Abandonment of Loan Acceleration

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently clarified how mortgage lenders and servicers can abandon a loan acceleration under Texas law. Although Texas generally requires foreclosure actions to be brought no more than four years after a loan is first accelerated, the holding in Boren v. U.S. National Bank makes clear that in certain situations … Continue Reading

CFPB Turns Focus to Student Loans to Servicemembers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published a report highlighting the difficulties military personnel encounter when dealing with servicers of student loans. Driven by the receipt of over 1,300 complaints from servicemembers regarding the collection and servicing of their student loans, the CFPB’s report (Overseas & Underserved: Student Loan Servicing and the Cost to … Continue Reading
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