On September 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued three new policies to promote innovation and facilitate compliance: the Policy on No-Action Letters (NAL), Policy to Encourage Trial Disclosure Programs (TDP), and Policy on the Compliance Assistance Sandbox (CAS). The policies were proposed in 2018 and went through a period of public

On September 10, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers entered a $267 million judgment against a debt collection agency that made more than 534,000 telephone calls in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The judgment ended three years of class action litigation after plaintiff Ignacio Perez and two others alleged that defendant Rash Curtis & Associates

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders attorney Sadia Mirza will be presenting during the 34th Annual SoCal Security Symposium at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, California. This year’s theme, “Making the Right Security Moves to Win the Privacy Game”, brings well-timed content together with innovative products and services to help

Rhode Island has amended its electronic money transfer law to require state licensing for certain entities providing cryptocurrency or “virtual currency”-related services. Specifically, entities that maintain “control of virtual currency or transactions in virtual currency on behalf of others” will need to become “currency transmission” licensees. An entity controls virtual currency if it has “the

On August 28, a district court judge in the Southern District of Indiana denied a defendant debt collector’s motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim. Plaintiff David F. Driver sued LJ Ross Associates, Inc. (LJRA), claiming that a collection letter violated the

On June 19, Maine Governor Janet T. Mills signed a new law, H.P 553 – L.D. 748, that provides relief for consumers suffering from “economic abuse.” Going into effect on September 19, 2019, the new law provides a set of procedures for debt collectors and credit reporting agencies to follow when consumers present evidence

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed judgment in favor of two debt collectors and against a debtor for claims arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Wisconsin Consumer Act (“WCA”). In its ruling, the Court held that the debtor did not create a triable issue of material

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders attorney Mary Zinsner will moderate the panel entitled, “Privacy & the Digitized/ Modern Banking Experience: Protecting Consumer Privacy and Personal Data”, at the Women Leaders in Financial Services Law and Compliance Conference in New York City on September 17th, 2019 at 11:00 am.


Some good news for debt collectors recently came out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Sparks v. EquityExperts.org, LLC, the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for EquityExperts.org, LLC (“Equity Experts”), rejecting the consumers’ allegations that Equity Experts violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by collecting its

The Southern District of Indiana recently issued a positive decision for debt buyers and collectors defending Fair Debt Collection Practices Act lawsuits premised on a directly communicating with a consumer who had previously notified the creditor she was represented by an attorney. 

In Pennell v. Global Trust Management, LLC, No. 1:18-cv-01698-JRS-DLP, 2019 U.S. Dist.