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Dave primarily defends consumer class actions. In a client’s words with respect to an FCRA class action he was defending: “He is a forceful and prepared advocate when necessary, but also a peacemaker when that better serves the client. And he never, ever misses a detail or an angle.”

As discussed here, on October 19, 2022 the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Community Financial Services Association of America Ltd. (CFSA) v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) held that the CFPB’s funding mechanism violates the Appropriations Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Fifth Circuit based its decision on the fact that, among other

Should credit reporting agencies (CRAs) be held liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for alleged reporting inaccuracies that turn on legal disputes? According to the Second Circuit in a recent decision, the answer is no. The appellate court held the “FCRA does not require” CRAs to “resolve unsettled legal questions.” However, the

Please join Consumer Financial Services Partner Dave Gettings and his fellow Partner Ron Raether as they discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its supervision of the tenant screening industry. During this episode, Dave and Ron also examine issues facing tenant screening companies and what can be done in the industry.

Ron Raether has helped

On November 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two reports, highlighting what the CFPB perceives to be forms of errors that frequently occur in tenant background checks and the impacts the CFPB believes that those errors can have on potential renters.

The “Tenant Background Check Markets Report” (Market Report) provides a

In Hanrahan v. Statewide Collection, Inc., No. 21-16187 (9th Cir. Sep. 1, 2022), the Ninth Circuit affirmed an award of attorneys’ fees in favor of the plaintiff in an action brought under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). The case makes clear that, although the amount is discretionary, attorney fee awards to prevailing

On November 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a circular, stating that both consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) and furnishers may be held liable under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for failing to investigate disputes, including when they impose what the CFPB views as barriers to the submission of disputes. Specifically, the

Please join Consumer Financial Services Partner Dave Gettings and his guests and colleagues Jessica Lohr and Virginia Flynn who discuss their recent service as jurors on criminal cases, while also providing valuable insight to litigators into what a case looks like from the jury box.

Jessica defends consumer reporting agencies, national banking institutions, and mortgage

After a years-long effort, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced the approval of both the FICO 10T and the VantageScore 4.0 credit score models for use by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (Enterprises). The FHFA expects the transition to the two-score model to take multiple years to implement, which will require both scores

Please join Consumer Financial Services Partner Dave Gettings and his colleagues Ethan Ostroff, Brooke Conkle, and Jon Kenney as they discuss the Third Circuit’s recent decision in the Bibbs case, particularly the Third Circuit’s treatment of “pay status” allegations and what we can expect to see going forward.

Ethan Ostroff advises companies on compliance issues

In Bacalzo v. Credit Control, LLC, No. 20-16904 (KMW/MJS) (D.N.J. June 7, 2022), the court granted summary judgment in favor of a debt collector who included multiple contact addresses in a debt collection letter.

Defendant Credit Control LLC (Credit Control) sought to collect a credit card debt owed by plaintiff Linda Bacalzo. As part