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 Refuses to Extend the Scope of the FDCPA to Consumer Finance Company

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts
On June 12, 2017, the United States Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision holding that a company collecting debts that it purchased for its own account does not meet the statutory definition of “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because the debts are no longer “owed or due another.” We previously… Continue Reading

Join Us for a Complimentary Webinar: A Review of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Henson v. Santander

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, CFS Events, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET, Troutman Sanders attorneys David N. Anthony and Ethan G. Ostroff will explore the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision issued on June 12, 2017 and how it may affect companies in the collection industry. This decision resolves a Circuit split on the narrow issue of whether an entity… Continue Reading

J. Crew Beats FACTA Class Action on Spokeo Grounds

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers
On June 6, a federal judge in New Jersey for the second time dismissed a putative class action against clothier J. Crew Group, Inc. on the grounds that the plaintiff, Ahmed Kamal, had not pled a concrete injury sufficient for Article III standing light of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.  Kamal alleged that J. Crew violated… Continue Reading

Five Guys Faces Background Check Lawsuit Over Allegedly Improper Disclosures

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
Five Guys Enterprises LLC—franchisor of the popular Five Guys Burger Co.—and a California franchisee are facing a lawsuit from a former employee alleging numerous violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act and California state law.  The plaintiff, Jeremy Lusk, alleges he began working for Five Guys in August 2016.  He alleges that in the… Continue Reading

CFPB Updates Its Planned Overhaul of Acceptable Debt Collection Practices

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Featured Posts, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
In July of 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an outline of new rules targeting third-party debt-collection operations. The new rules targeted various areas including: Debt validation, Limits on Contact, Consumer Disputes, and Deceased Consumers. At the time, the CFPB stated it planned to release rules relevant to first-party creditors at a later date. However,… Continue Reading

Federal and State Regulators Obtain Record Judgment Enforcing TCPA Violations Predicated Upon Insufficient Vendor Oversight

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, State Attorneys General, CFPB, & FTC
On June 5, 2017, an Illinois federal judge awarded $280 million to the federal government and the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio against Dish Network LLC over violations of numerous federal and state do-not-call laws. The district court’s $280 million penalty constitutes the largest ever for violations of telemarketing laws. In addition,… Continue Reading

District Court Dismisses FCRA Class Action for Lack of Standing Based on Insufficient Risk of Imminent Harm

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers
Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, appellate and district courts throughout the country have been grappling with the ruling’s reach.  Just this past month, the District Court for the Southern District of New York weighed in on the issue and found that a plaintiff must show more than a… Continue Reading

Insurance Company Settles Nationwide TCPA Class Action for $4.25M

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On May 31, plaintiffs Jim Youngman and Robert Allen filed a motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement for their pending Telephone Consumer Protection Act action against Florida-based insurance company A&B Insurance and Financial Inc.  The case is Youngman v. A&B Insurance and Financial, Inc., No. 6:16-cv-01478-CEM-GJK (M.D. Fla. May 18, 2017).   The action,… Continue Reading

Credit Score Attached to Collection Action Complaint Violates the FCRA and FDCPA, Contends New Putative Class Action Complaint

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers, Debt Buyers & Collectors
According to a new class action Complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Discover Bank (“Discover”) and Kohn Law Firm S.C. (“Kohn”) violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by publishing consumers’ credit scores as part of state court collection actions… Continue Reading

Join Us at the 2017 ACA International Convention & Expo in Seattle July 16-18

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, CFS Events, Debt Buyers & Collectors
We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders partners David Anthony and Chad Fuller will be a featured speaker at the 2017 ACA International Convention & Expo in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center on July 16-18. David will discuss “Debt Collection Litigation Management Best Practices,” where he will focus on litigation management best practices for… Continue Reading

District Court Rejects Notion That An Improper Background Check Disclosure Automatically Renders A Subsequent Background Authorization Improper

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
In the world of background check litigation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), one theory that plaintiffs frequently assert is that if the background check disclosure provided by the employer violates the FCRA, then the authorization based on that disclosure is also necessarily inadequate.  Under the FCRA, an employer desiring to obtain a criminal… Continue Reading

FTC Submits Annual Budget Request To Congress

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Credit Reporting & Data Brokers
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted its Fiscal Year 2018 budget request to Congress, in support of the President’s FY 2018 budget for the federal government. The budget request also includes the FY 2018 Budget Overview Statement, Performance Plan for FY 2017 and FY 2018, and Performance Report for FY 2016, as required under the… Continue Reading

TCPA Is Not Dead Yet – Court Trebles Eight Figure TCPA Award While World Awaits ACA Decision

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Cyber Security, Information Governance & Privacy, Debt Buyers & Collectors, Mortgage Lenders & Servicers
While the world eagerly awaits the D.C. Circuit’s forthcoming ruling on the proper interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), a recent federal court ruling imposing tens of millions of dollars of liability is a reminder of the risks associated with outbound calling activities and of the stakes at play in the ACA International… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania to “Ban the Box” by Executive Order

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Background Screening
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced this month that he will “ban the box” for some applicants applying for certain state government positions, and that he will do so by executive order, which would take effect as of July 1, 2017.  The executive order would affect hiring in nearly 70,000 state jobs within the executive branch… Continue Reading

Favorable Decision Rendered in “Current Account Balance” Case

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On May 18, the Southern District of New York rendered a long-awaited opinion on “current account balance” cases, holding that current balances referenced in collection letters, with no mention of accruing interest or fees, do not violate Section 1692e of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act where no such interest or fees actually accrue.  The… Continue Reading

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

U.S. Supreme Court Scoffs at Kentucky Supreme Court’s Decision to Disregard Federal Arbitration Act

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On May 15, the United States Supreme Court reversed and remanded a state court decision that invalidated an arbitration agreement.  In a visceral 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court sent a clear message to Kentucky that the state cannot circumvent the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) merely because the court does not like arbitration clauses. In Kindred… 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

Court Rejects Bona Fide Error Defense for Collector Who Failed to Maintain Policies and Procedures

Posted in ALL CFS Blog Entries, Debt Buyers & Collectors
On May 8, an Arizona federal judge held that a defendant debt collector was not entitled to a “bona fide error” defense in a claim brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because the collector failed to show it had either a policy or procedure in force to address the specific error in the… 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