Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor

Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor

monitoring the financial services industry to help companies navigate through regulatory compliance, enforcement, and litigation issues

David N. Anthony

David N. Anthony

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Editor – Debt Buyers & Collectors

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David specializes in consumer financial services litigation, including class actions. He also serves as a leader for the firm’s Financial Services Litigation practice.

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Supreme Court Rules That Filing a Proof of Claim on a Time-Barred Debt Does Not Violate the FDCPA

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
On May 15, 2017, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Eleventh Circuit erred when it found a debt buyer liable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for filing proofs of claim in bankruptcy on debts that had become time-barred. A copy of the Court’s opinion can be found here. Background In Johnson… Continue Reading

Spokeo Strikes Again: Fourth Circuit Reverses and Dismisses $12 Million FCRA Class Action on Spokeo Grounds

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
In one of the most significant post-Spokeo decisions to date, the Fourth Circuit unanimously reversed and dismissed a nearly $12 million Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class action judgment, finding plaintiff, Michael T. Dreher, lacked Article III standing to bring his claims. The decision provides much needed clarity from the Fourth Circuit on the viability… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance for Employment Background Screening

Posted in Background Screening
On April 28, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog entitled “Background Checks on Prospective Employees: Keep Required Disclosures Simple.”  In this online publication, the FTC issued guidance to employers on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act if they intend to use a consumer report (commonly referred to as a background check)… Continue Reading

Defendants Move to Dismiss Putative FACTA Class Action Based on Spokeo

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy
On April 7, defendants Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Inc. and ZMF Restaurants LLC again urged a New York federal court judge to dismiss a Fair and Accurate Transactions Act putative class action based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.  In Fullwood v. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Inc., plaintiff Cynthia Fullwood alleged that the defendants violated… Continue Reading

Sodexo Defends FCRA Class Action Alleging Failures in Hiring Process

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
Sodexo, Inc. was recently named as the defendant in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action based on alleged improprieties in its hiring procedures.  The case, Piveronas v. Sodexo, Inc., was originally filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and removed to the United States District Court for the Western… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects “Meaningful Attorney Involvement” Case

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
The United States Supreme Court declined a petition for writ of certiorari by a consumer regarding a collection letter on law firm letterhead with attorney signatures.  The ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Tawanda Jones v. David Sean Dufek, Sr. was left in place, holding that a… Continue Reading

California Approves New Regulations Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
On March 27, the Office of Administrative Law for the State of California announced new regulations that even further limit employers’ ability to consider a job applicant’s criminal history when making hiring decisions. Except if otherwise permitted by law, employers are prohibited from taking into consideration during the hiring process a number of enumerated offenses, including arrests… Continue Reading

Health Care Management Company Sued in FCRA Class Action

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
Lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act resulting from allegedly inaccurate background checks do not appear to be going away.  Just last week, plaintiff Michelle Petry filed a class action against IDE Management d/b/a Cathedral Health Care Centers, in the Southern District of Indiana, claiming that she was denied a job as a result of… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Wavers During Oral Arguments in FDCPA Case That May Upend Entire Industry

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Auto Finance, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
On April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard long-awaited oral arguments in a case that addresses the fundamental issue of the definition of a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  The Supreme Court’s decision will resolve an existing Circuit split on whether an entity that purchases defaulted debts and then attempts… Continue Reading

North Carolina House Votes Overwhelmingly to “Ban the Box”

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
The North Carolina House of Representatives recently voted 98-14 to “ban the box” for state agency hiring.  The bill would not apply to private employers or to state positions that “involve direct interaction with minors or the elderly.”   House Bill 409 would prevent state agencies from inquiring into an employment applicant’s criminal history at the… Continue Reading

Favorable Spokeo Decision Handed Down in Eastern District of Virginia

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On April 17, the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed sua sponte a suit against a collection agency alleging that the debt collector failed to properly update the plaintiff consumer’s credit report, thereby violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.  Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the Court concluded that… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Involving Rule 23(f) Interlocutory Appeals

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy
The United States Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in the case of Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, where the Court is set to determine whether a plaintiff can tactically circumvent Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Rule 23(f) provides for an interlocutory appeal of a district court’s denial of class certification.  The… Continue Reading

CFPB Cracks Down on Collection Firm for Alleged Misrepresentation of Attorney Involvement

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is continuing its pursuit of third-party collection law firms it believes misrepresent to consumers the level of attorney involvement in their collection practices. On April 17, the CFPB filed suit in the Northern District of Ohio against Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A., for allegedly misrepresenting in millions of collections… Continue Reading

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Over Allegedly Misleading Statement About Time-Barred Debt

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On March 31, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana denied a motion to dismiss where a collection letter sent to the plaintiff stated, “[b]ecause of the age of your debt, our client will not sue you for it,” when in fact there was no possibility of suing on the debt because… Continue Reading

District of New Jersey Tosses FDCPA Putative Class Action

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed a putative Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class action against defendant debt collector, Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. (“RMCB”), over allegedly violative letters dealing with unpaid E-ZPass tolls.  A copy of the opinion can be found here. As background, plaintiff Thomas E. St.… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court’s Dismissal of Putative TCPA Class Action

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Debt Buyers & Collectors
The Ninth Circuit recently reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) putative class action against Adir International, LLC (“Adir”), holding that Plaintiff Ned Flores (“Flores”) sufficiently alleged that Adir used an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to send text messages to Flores. According to the First Amended Complaint, Adir is… Continue Reading

Largest Settlement of FACTA Class Action Against Restaurant Chain Granted Preliminary Approval

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy
On March 23, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted preliminary approval of a nearly $31 million Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”) class action settlement against Doctor’s Associates, Inc., doing business as Subway – the largest settlement to date in the history of FACTA.  According to the complaint,… Continue Reading

Vague Allegations Of Actual Damages Insufficient To Withstand Motion To Dismiss On FCRA Negligence Claim

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is not a strict liability statute.  To prevail, a plaintiff must prove that the statute was violated willfully or negligently.  While plaintiffs typically pursue willfulness claims because of the possibility of statutory and punitive damages, they often include vague allegations of emotional distress and actual damages in order to… Continue Reading

California’s Regulation Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers
The Fair Employment and Housing Council published the final text for the “Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions” regulation on March 27, 2017.  This regulation, effective July 1, 2017, impacts employers’ consideration of criminal history information for employment purposes, including those related to layoffs.  Employers are well-advised to take a fresh look at their… Continue Reading

Lawmakers in U.S. House of Representatives Considering Bill That Would Reform Class Action Litigation under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On February 9, 2017, Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R.-Va.), introduced H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (“the Act”). The Act aims to “amend the procedures used in federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants.” Rep. Goodlatte issued a… Continue Reading

TCPA Defendant Settles Class Claims on Individual Basis Following Counterclaims for Harassment and Racketeering

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Debt Buyers & Collectors
BrandRep, the defendant in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act putative class action lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, recently settled putative nationwide class claims on an individual basis, resulting in dismissal of the case.  The settlement came on the heels of BrandRep’s assertion of counterclaims that put… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Annual Summary of Consumer Complaints

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
The Federal Trade Commission has released its annual summary of consumer complaints for 2016, contained in the FTC’s latest Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book.  The FTC compiles the report annually based on complaints received by the Consumer Sentinel Network.  Complaints include those made directly by consumers to the FTC, as well as complaints received by… Continue Reading

Offshore Call Center Bill Reintroduced in Congress

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
Congress recently reintroduced a bill titled United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act of 2016, which attempts to deter companies from employing offshore call collection centers.   The bill would require a business that employs 50 or more call center employees to notify the Department of Labor at least 120 days before relocating such… Continue Reading

Courts Approve $950,000 FCRA Class Action Settlement Against McDonald’s

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
On March 15, the United States District Court for the Central District of California granted final approval of a Fair Credit Reporting Act class action against fast food restaurant McDonald’s.  The named plaintiff, James Wesley Carter, originally brought the action against McDonald’s in July 2015 alleging that McDonald’s violates the rights of consumers by failing… Continue Reading