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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.

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

On February 4, the Oakland City Council in California forbade the use of criminal background checks in most housing applications. The stated purpose of the law, the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, is to allow formerly incarcerated individuals an increased opportunity to compete for rental housing, reintegrate into their communities, and avoid homelessness.

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The United States District Court for the District of Nevada has sided with the Federal Trade Commission in a case against a set of “mortgage relief assistance” companies. The Court issued a sweeping permanent injunction that prohibits the scammers from marketing or providing any debt relief services whatsoever.

The suit stemmed from the actions of

Is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau constitutional? Soon we will know. But what happens to the CFPB’s day-to-day work in the meantime? A student loan relief company decided to find out, and learned that the issue of the CFPB’s constitutionality will have no effect on the company’s obligation to respond to a civil investigative demand.

On December 12, the Tenth Circuit upheld a district court’s denial of a motion for leave to file an untimely appeal. The ruling offers poignant punctuality lessons to attorneys nationwide.

The case concerned plaintiff Emily Boscoe Chung’s allegations that defendant Timothy J. Lamb violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Three years into litigation, Chung’s

Afni, Inc. won judgment on the pleadings on October 28 in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act suit in the Southern District of Indiana. Plaintiff Karl Glass alleged that a collection letter sent to him by Afni failed to identify the current creditor to whom the debt was owed, in violation of Section 1692g(a)(2) of

Trina Davis brought both individual and putative class claims against Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (herein “Einstein”), the parent company of popular bagel chain Noah’s Bagels, and Caribou Coffee Company, Inc. She alleged the companies violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and related California statutes, arguing the consumer report disclosure form she signed to complete