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Elizabeth Holt Andrews is a superb writer and oral advocate specializing in complex commercial matters, financial services litigation, and class action defense, with particular expertise in appellate work.

On January 24, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California took the unusual step of declining to sign off — for the fourth time — on a proposed settlement, resulting from a putative class-action lawsuit against Five Guys Enterprises LLC and its parent Encore FGBF LLC. The lawsuit alleges the popular burger

Congratulations and thanks to Elizabeth Holt Andrews and Jennifer Sarvadi as the PBSA Volunteers of the Month.

PBSA volunteers of the month are our more traditional volunteers. For November, PBSA is recognizing two members from our legal firms who dedicated their time in preparing the amicus letter and efforts in California.

Elizabeth Holt Andrews, Counsel

On March 2, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) introduced a bill, the Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act (H.R. 1491), proposing to amend two sections of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA or the Act) — namely Section 805 of the FDCPA (15 U.S.C. § 1692c) and Section 808 of the FDCPA (15 U.S.C.

On December 30, 2020, Judge Richard J. Leon on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered an Order in PayPal, Inc. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, et al., No. 19-3700-RJL, 2020 WL 7773392 (D.D.C. Dec. 30, 2020) invalidating two provisions of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“the CFPB” or “Bureau”)’s “Prepaid

Yesterday, Troutman Sanders LLP’s Consumer Financial Services Law Monitor reported that AB-2501, a proposed bill allowing for homeowners to defer their mortgage payments for up to a year, failed to pass by a narrow margin. The bill’s author, Assembly Member Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), quickly moved for reconsideration. However, as the Assembly has now entered

After numerous amendments, readings, and committee hearings, California Assembly Bill 2501 narrowly failed to pass in Sacramento on June 15, with a vote total of 28 Ayes, 25 Noes, and 26 abstentions. The bill would have offered major payment relief to homeowners and certain renters, as well as owners of mobile homes. It might see

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently held that certain letters seeking collection of time-barred debt by using “ambiguous offers and threats with no indication that the debt is old, much less that the limitations period has run, misrepresent the legal enforceability of the underlying debt in violation of” the Fair

Can consumers sue the federal government and its agencies for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act? As we previously have observed, the answer varies by circuit and even by district, but the Supreme Court of the United States has just officially declined to wade into the debate—at least for now.


In a split decision published on March 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in McAdory v M.N.S. & Associates, LLC and DNF Associates LLC that “an entity that otherwise meets the ‘principal purpose’ definition of debt collector under [under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act] cannot avoid liability merely