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Carter is an associate in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services practice. His practice focuses on consumer protection statutes and complex litigation, including claims arising under Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Who should decide the “gateway” issue of arbitrability? That is, should a court or an arbitrator decide whether a particular issue is subject to arbitration?  According to the Fourth Circuit, it depends on the agreement to arbitrate.  

On January 4, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in Novic v. Credit One, No. 17-2168,

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed summary judgment in a recent Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case where the plaintiff alleged that a repossession company demanded payment before she would be allowed to recover personal property left in the vehicle.  The Court held that the plaintiff’s testimony did not create a

A recent federal court decision granting summary judgment to a plaintiff on a claim that a lender violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., by failing to conduct a “reasonable” investigation of a credit reporting dispute – an issue normally reserved for a jury – illustrates the difficulty

On August 18, following a bench trial, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada found defendants Terrason Spinks and his company, Jet Processing, Inc., jointly and severally liable for $280,911,870 in consumer injury caused by violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act (“FTC Act”) and Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“EFTA”).  This case

On August 24, the United States District Court for the Western District of New York entered a Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment against the last of a group of defendants who engaged in banned debt collection practices.  The defendant, Anthony Coppola, is now barred from debt collection activities, misrepresenting material facts of

On August 21, the Federal Trade Commission charged a North Carolina debt collection operation with using deception and intimidation to collect money from consumers for debts they did not owe or that the group had no right to collect.  On August 24, the District Court for the Western District of North Carolina granted a temporary

On July 18, the District Court for the Central District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion for attorneys’ fees, costs, and other payments in a Fair Credit Reporting Act class action suit.  The motion accompanied a proposed $400,000 settlement, with a third of the funds allocated to class counsel for