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Tim is an attorney in the firm’s Regulatory Investigations, Strategy + Enforcement (RISE) Practice Group, with a primary focus on financial services litigation. He is part of the firm’s national practice defending consumer-facing companies in both individual and class actions against claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). Tim also defends national banks and mortgage servicers from complaints and investigations brought by federal regulators. He has defended companies in individual and class actions in numerous states, including, Georgia, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

2021 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 curve.

In this report, we share developments on auto finance, background screening, bankruptcy, consumer class actions, consumer

Judge James Teilborg of the U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Arizona awarded Thomas McDermott over $17,000 in damages and attorney’s fees after he obtained a default judgment against collection agency, Perfection Collection LLC (Perfection Collection), for violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by furnishing inaccurate information when it reported a delinquent

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) recently forgave nearly $1 billion in student loan debt for those who were defrauded by their schools into taking out loans. The relief was granted under the Borrower Defense to Repayment program and will impact roughly 72,000 individuals. The loan forgiveness only applies to those student loan borrowers who

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,

A bill introduced by Democratic U.S. senators looks to make it easier for Americans to discharge student loans and medical debt. If passed as currently written, the Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2021 would drastically change the U.S. bankruptcy system by removing certain procedural hurdles that make the bankruptcy process complex and by creating a

On January 11, 2021, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh released a report detailing the state’s recommendations to help Maryland residents recover from the severe impacts of COVID-19. The report was issued by the COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force and outlined a holistic approach by making 59 legislative and policy recommendations. The Access to Justice

The Eastern District of Texas recently denied a motion to dismiss for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), holding that a garnishment action initiated eight years after the plaintiff had obtained a default judgment was not subject to the FDCPA’s one-year statute of limitations provision because the default judgment was obtained

On June 1, the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued new guidance on how it evaluates corporate compliance programs when making corporate charging decisions. The additional guidance provides valuable insight into best practices when companies update their corporate compliance programs and paints a clear picture of the DOJ’s expectations regarding those programs.

World Acceptance Corp., a Greenville, South Carolina-based consumer lender, recently announced it has set aside $21.7 million in anticipation of resolving a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation into the company’s Mexico-based subsidiary by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.

The investigation has focused on the legality of certain

In what can only be construed as a strong signal that state attorneys general are looking to focus their efforts on illegal robocalls, a letter signed by every state attorney general and the attorneys general of American Samoa and Puerto Rico was sent to USTelecom, a trade association that represents the interests of the telecom