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Seventh Circuit Yet Again Reaffirms Spokeo Principle That Bare FDCPA Violation Is Not Actionable

On May 14, 2021, the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals issued a decision reaffirming the rule from “a slew of cases” that, without injury, a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claim alleging a bare procedural violation is not actionable.  The case—Markakos v. Medicredi, Inc., No. 20-2351—involved an…

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CFPB Releases Annual Report on Administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On March 19, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its annual report to Congress regarding its administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  The CFPB and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) share government enforcement responsibility for the FDCPA, and work together to coordinate their respective efforts…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues New Final Rule Modernizing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

On October 30, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a new final rule implementing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  According the CFPB’s press release, the new final rule is designed “to restate and clarify prohibitions on harassment and abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices…

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CFPB, FTC, Federal and State Law Enforcement Crackdown on Corrupt Debt Collectors

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On September 29, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with more than 50 federal and state law enforcement partners, announced a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative designed to protect consumers from phantom debt collection, and abusive and threatening debt collection practices….

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Federal Court Enjoins Enforcement of Massachusetts Attorney General’s COVID-19 Debt Collection Regulation

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, in ACA International v. Healey, Case No. 1:20-cv-10767-RGS, enjoined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (AG Healey) from enforcing provisions of the emergency regulation, 940 CMR 35.00, et seq. (Regulation), prohibiting debt collection calls and initiating lawsuits during…

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CFPB Holds Public Advisory Committees Meeting on Impact of COVID-19

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On May 1, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau or CFPB) held a joint virtual meeting of its four advisory committees:  the Consumer Advisory Board, the Community Bank Advisory Council, the Credit Union Advisory Council, and the Academic Research Council.  The meeting—the Bureau’s first public event since the onset…

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COVID-19 and State Debt Collection Restrictions: What States Are Doing to Curb Debt Collection and the Industry’s Response

A number of state officials and regulators have taken steps to decrease the economic burdens stemming from COVID-19 on consumers in their states, including by placing additional restrictions on debt collection practices.  Among the more notable of these efforts took place on March 26, 2020, when Massachusetts Attorney General (AG)…

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California Signs Two New Consumer Protection Bills into Law

On September 25, 2019, California’s Governor signed into law two bills that impact financial consumer services companies in California: California Assembly Bill 539 and California Senate Bill 187.  Both laws go into effect January 1, 2020. California Assembly Bill 539 (AB 539) imposes new regulations and restrictions on loans of…

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Seventh Circuit Imposes Strict Requirements for FDCPA Validation Notices Delivered Via Email

On August 8, 2019, the Seventh Circuit, in Lavallee v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, 932 F.3d 1049 (7th Cir. 2019), ruled that emails to consumers from debt collectors containing hyperlinks to information regarding debt, including validation notices, are not “communications” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  Therefore, the court…

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FCC Issues Call-Blocking Declaratory Ruling

On June 6, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling providing voice service providers with the authority to automatically enroll consumers for call blocking programs that identify and block unwanted telephone calls. This ruling is effective immediately. The ruling comes at a time when unwanted call volume…

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Eleventh Circuit Holds FDCPA "Plausibly" Violated Despite Lack of Express Threat of Litigation

On April 5, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision holding that a plaintiff asserted a plausible claim under a provision of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that forbids debt collectors from using “false, deceptive, or misleading representation[s] or means in connection with the collection…

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