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

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski, holding that a district court must stay its proceedings while an interlocutory appeal on the question of arbitrability is pending. The decision resolves a circuit split on the question of whether such a stay is mandatory or discretionary. Justice Kavanaugh

In a significant boost to the financial services industry, Utah has taken major steps to streamline its debt collection bureaucracy — including the removal of criminal penalties for failure to comply with technical requirements.

Utah House Bill 20, titled “Collection Agency Amendments,” was signed into law last month and goes into effect May 3

To help you keep abreast of relevant activities, below find a breakdown of some of the biggest events at the federal and state levels to impact the Consumer Finance Services industry this past week:

Federal Activities

State Activities

Federal Activities:

  • On September 1, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued the first in a series

Oral argument—whether at the trial level or on appeal—is a crucial inflection point in the life of any case. And when it comes to oral advocacy, consumer cases present their own special challenges. How do you distill a complex set of statutes, regulations, and detailed factual timelines into something clean, clear, digestible, and memorable for

In Cadence Bank, N.A. v. Roy J. Elizondo III, PLLC, the Supreme Court of Texas recently held that an administrative form relied upon by a victim of a fraud scam did not impose contractual obligations on a bank to verify available funds before processing the wire transaction.

A Texas lawyer maintained an IOLTA deposit

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