Debt Buyers & Collectors

Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued a sweeping emergency regulation instituting a prohibition on debt collectors making outbound debt collection calls or pursuing other debt collection practices as a result of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) health crisis. These rules take effect on March 28, and end when either of the following occurs: (1) 30 days

Following Gov. Mike Dewine’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic, Ohio legislators have introduced numerous emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the State. This includes a bill introduced on March 25 by Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), which would require creditors and debt collectors to

On March 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a list of resources to assist consumers in taking steps to protect their finances during the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. The resources can be found here.

Specifically, the resources provided by the CFPB address the following issues:

  • Protect yourself financially from the impact of COVID-19;
  • Make

On March 22, a bill to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was introduced in the Senate to expand consumer protections provided to debtors and small businesses during a major disaster or emergency—such as the current coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic—beginning “1 day after the date on which a major disaster is declared by the President”

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued an administrative order on Sunday, March 22 that covers public health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”). In it, the Court recognizes “the current COVID-19 crisis creates an unprecedented public health emergency that requires immediate action to encourage effective social distancing and reduce the

The United States District Court for the District of Utah recently ruled that a debt buyer, First Financial Investment Fund V, LLC, must register as a collection office and post a bond with the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code pursuant to Section 12-1-1 of the Utah Collection Agency Act.

First Financial, as a

In a split decision published on March 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in McAdory v M.N.S. & Associates, LLC and DNF Associates LLC that “an entity that otherwise meets the ‘principal purpose’ definition of debt collector under [under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act] cannot avoid liability merely

On April 22, 2020, Troutman Sanders attorneys, Maryia Jones and Stephen J. Steinlight, will serve again on the faculty for their webinar series by Lorman Educational Services entitled, “Collection Disputes: A Good Defense Is the Best Offense.”

The credit and collection industry remain under an increased scrutiny from regulators and legislators and

On February 24, Judge Dale Kimball of the United States District Court for the District of Utah granted in part and denied in part a defendant debt collector’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. Plaintiffs Karl Buhler and Reginald Benoit, two Utah residents, filed a lawsuit against BCG Equities (BCG), claiming that it violated

In Alston v. Orion Portfolio Servs., LLC, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland ordered a pro se plaintiff to pay nearly $15,000 in legal fees incurred by the defendants in defending a frivolous claim asserted under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

This case concerns and alleged debt of $1,391