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Julie is an associate primarily focusing on financial services litigation. She defends consumer-facing companies of all types in individual claims and class actions, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Julie also applies her litigation knowledge in assisting businesses in developing compliance processes and procedures for the myriad federal consumer protection laws.

On November 15, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued two reports, highlighting what the CFPB perceives to be forms of errors that frequently occur in tenant background checks and the impacts the CFPB believes that those errors can have on potential renters.

The “Tenant Background Check Markets Report” (Market Report) provides a

On February 25, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that a purported public records vendor (Credit Lenders Service Agency or CLSA) is a consumer reporting agency (CRA) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). A copy of the decision in McGrath v. Credit Lenders Service Agency, Inc. can be found

On December 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed putative class claims brought against a health insurance company, following a 2013 data breach incident. In In re Horizon Healthcare Servs. Data Breach Litigation, the court dismissed a putative class complaint against Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. (Horizon) and held that

In Robinson v. Nat’l Student Clearinghouse, — F.4th — (1st Cir. 2021), a First Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the district court’s Final Approval Order, approving the class settlement in an action brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Plaintiff James Robinson filed the class action lawsuit against National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), alleging NSC

On August 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a proposed settlement to resolve a lawsuit against a debt collection firm, Fair Collections & Outsourcing (FCO), and its owner, Michael Sobota, stemming from FCO’s alleged failure to implement proper policies and procedures, in addition to related Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Fair Debt

Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, holding that a concrete injury requires more than the existence of a risk of harm that never materializes. Accordingly, the vast majority of the absent class members who could not prove that allegedly inaccurate credit reports were disseminated to any third party

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Pepper attorneys’ David Anthony, Julie Hoffmeister, and Edgar Vargas will present during the 16th Annual Credit and Collection News Conference. The conference will be held virtually from April 28 – 29, 2021. David, Julie, and Edgar’s presentation is entitled “Operationalizing the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act: Leveraging

We have long predicted that just as other states followed California in passing breach notification laws, states would follow in California’s footsteps in regulating information privacy practices with the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA), which was later amended by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 (CPRA).[1] The Virginia state legislature recently

2020 was a transformative year for the consumer financial services world. As we navigate an unprecedented volume of industry regulation, Troutman Pepper is uniquely positioned to help its clients find successful resolutions and stay ahead of the compliance curve.

In this report, we share developments in 2020 on consumer class actions, background screening, bankruptcy,

COVID-19 has forced us to ask novel questions generally and look for stay-at-home order workarounds. Compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is no different. One of the many questions that has arisen relates to the reinvestigation of disputed court records. How can this be done with limited access to court records? What should