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Erin focuses her litigation practice on defending financial institutions against class actions and individual claims involving loan origination, servicing, and investments. This includes lawsuits brought under federal statutes — RESPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA, TCPA, EFTA, and UDAAP — as well as state-specific fair lending, collections, and deceptive trade practice laws. Erin also has significant experience resolving property title, transfer, and lien priority disputes for her clients. Her in-depth understanding of the financial services industry gives her a unique advantage in prosecuting and defending high-stakes deceptive business practices claims, such as trade secret misappropriation and Sherman Act violations.

We are pleased to share our annual review of regulatory and legal developments in the consumer financial services industry. With active federal and state legislatures, consumer financial services providers faced a challenging 2023. Courts across the country issued rulings that will have immediate and lasting impacts on the industry. Our team of more than 140 professionals has prepared this concise, yet thorough analysis of the most important issues and trends throughout our industry. We not only examined what happened in 2023, but also what to expect — and how to prepare — for the months ahead.

In April, we discussed how Colorado’s state supreme court issued its highly anticipated decision confirming a borrower’s bankruptcy discharge does not accelerate secured installment debt or trigger the final statute of limitations period to recover the debt. Now, Washington’s high court has rendered its decisions on the topic, joining the handful of states to address this trending issue.

Colorado just became the latest state to recognize that a borrower’s bankruptcy discharge does not accelerate secured installment debt or trigger the final statute of limitations period to recover the debt.

On April 24, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated decision, available here. The state supreme court reviewed the court of appeals’

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently clarified how the state’s debt collection statute of limitations applies to debt created by a land sale contract.

Arizona has a six-year statute of limitations to enforce installment debt created by a written contract, which is codified at A.R.S. § 12-548. A lender must enforce the debt through foreclosure

The district court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion to deny class certification in an action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) based on the plaintiff’s inability to vigorously represent the class.

In Trim v. Mayvenn, Inc., the named plaintiff alleged that, although she registered her cell phone

The Arizona Supreme Court just issued a significant and favorable foreclosure statute of limitations decision in Bridges v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, — P.3d —, 2022 WL 3905320. It held that recording a notice of trustee’s sale does not evidence a debt’s acceleration. The opinion is significant because borrowers in Arizona routinely argue that recording