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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on October 11 that it will establish a taskforce of industry experts to examine the legal and regulatory environment facing consumers and financial service providers. The aim of the taskforce is to harmonize, modernize, and update consumer credit laws and their implementing regulations and to identify gaps in these

A new court decision raises important compliance issues for creditors who use an internal debt collection unit: whether separately naming the unit in a document also naming the creditor in its main business name can cause confusion, giving rise to a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 

On September 4, a U.S. d

Debt collectors beware: On August 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a debt collector violates section 1692f(8) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by displaying an unencrypted “quick response” (or “QR”) code on the face of an envelope containing a debt collection letter that, when scanned,

In August 2018, a sports concession company successfully moved to dismiss a class action complaint arising under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, finding the named plaintiff lacked Article III standing because she suffered no harm. The victory was short-lived, however, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed

On June 25, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will host the first of a series of symposia exploring consumer protections in the financial services industry. This initial symposium will focus on the meaning and scope of “abusiveness” under Section 1031 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB may take enforcement, supervision,

An online lead aggregator for payday and installment loans agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The lead aggregator also agreed to a permanent ban on lead generation, lead aggregation, and data brokering for certain high interest consumer loans. 

In 2015, the CFPB filed a lawsuit

Addressing claims based on parsing language in a collection letter, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal under Rule 12’s plausibility standard of claims asserted under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, finding the alleged representations were not misleading as a matter of law.

In Klein v. Credico Inc., the debtor alleged that

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on March 6 that a factual dispute over the existence of an agreement to arbitrate between Live Nation World Wide, Inc. and a customer should be decided at a trial, not on summary judgment. 

John Egan filed suit against Live Nation in 2017, claiming that the company

On February 7, 2019, AllianceOne Receivables Management, Inc. (“AllianceOne”), a debt collector, agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a nationwide class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for obtaining consumer reports on individuals with outstanding parking tickets without a permissible purpose.

The parties moved to approve the settlement after more

The Texas House of Representatives recently introduced new legislation, H.B. No. 996, to amend the Texas Fair Consumer Debt Collection Act (“TFCDCA”) to require debt buyers to provide additional written disclosures to consumers regarding debt that could be subject to a statute of limitations defense in a collection action. 

The proposed bill comes as