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Two Key Takeaways from the Defendant’s FDCPA Win in Henson v. Santander

The United States Supreme Court issued a significant decision in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. drastically restricting the universe of companies subject to potential liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). In a unanimous decision authored by new Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Court held that companies that buy defaulted debts are not … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Debt Collection Rules May Be Coming Sooner Than Some in the Industry Anticipated

Yesterday, at the Consumer Advisory Board Meeting in Washington D.C., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray provided an update on one of the most highly anticipated areas in the debt collection industry – the CFPB’s intentions with respect to its proposed debt collection rulemaking. The biggest news from the meeting was that the … 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

Out of Time, Not Out of Luck: Supreme Court holds POCs for Time-Barred Debt are OK under FDCPA

In a win for debt buyers and servicers, the Supreme Court held in Midland Funding, LLC. v. Johnson  that the filing of a proof of claim in a bankruptcy case for obviously time-barred debt is not false, deceptive, misleading, unfair, or unconscionable within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). The Decision … Continue Reading

State AGs Ask Supreme Court to Spark Major Expansion to Scope of Federal Debt Collection Law

Should a full-service consumer finance company be subject to federal debt collection law when it attempts to collect upon debt it purchased? Attorneys general from Maryland, the District of Columbia, California, New York, and more than two dozen other states have urged the Supreme Court to adopt a startling new interpretation of federal law and … Continue Reading

Filing a Collection Suit? The Statute of Limitations for the Forum State May Not Be the Correct Limitations Period

Debt collectors filing suit often assume that the forum state’s statute of limitations will apply. However, a string of recent cases suggests that may not always be the case. The Ohio Supreme Court recently determined that, by virtue of Ohio’s borrowing statute, the statute of limitations for the place where the customer submits payments or … Continue Reading

Creditors and Debt Collectors Should Pay Close Attention to the CFPB’s Consent Order with Navy Federal Credit Union

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with Navy Federal Credit Union (Navy Federal) on October 11, 2016. While financial institutions should always analyze CFPB consent orders closely and carefully scrutinize their relevant practices in light of the consent order, first-party creditors, debt collectors, and any financial institution that electronically restricts access … Continue Reading

CFPB’s Meeting with Community Bank Advisory Council Provides Insights into Upcoming Debt Collection Rules

Last week , the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) met with the Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC) to discuss the CFPB’s July 28, 2016, outline of the proposed debt collection rules (Outline) intended to “drastically overhaul the debt collection market.” The meeting was available online through the CFPB’s website. The CBAC did not provide much … 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

Supreme Court Declines to Review Second Circuit Decision Subjecting Defaulted Debt Buyers to State Usury Laws

On June 27, the United States Supreme Court declined to review the Second Circuit’s decision in Madden v. Midland Funding, LLC, 786 F.3d 246 (2d Cir. 2015).  By denying Midland Funding, LLC’s petition for a writ of certiorari, the Court allowed the Second Circuit’s decision to stand. The Second Circuit held that the National Bank … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rejects “No Injury” Claims For Statutory Damages

Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (No. 13-1339), which addresses the question of whether a bare allegation of a statutory violation, unaccompanied by allegation of injury, is enough to satisfy Article III’s standing requirements and provide a federal court with subject-matter jurisdiction. The Court reversed … Continue Reading

CFPB Releases FDCPA Annual Report

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released its fifth annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Annual Report, detailing the CFPB and FTC’s activities throughout 2015 related to debt collection practices. The report covers: The current status of the debt collection market The CFPB’s handling of consumer complaints The CFPB’s supervision of debt collection … Continue Reading

Alaska Supreme Court Extends FDCPA Coverage to Trustees Involved in Non-Judicial Foreclosures

In Alaska Trustee, LLC and Stephen Routh v. Brett Ambridge and Josephine Ambridge, the Alaska Supreme Court considered whether Alaska Trustee and Routh were “debt collectors” subject to liability under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The case represents another in a growing body of precedent revolving around the fundamental issue of whether law … Continue Reading
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