On December 28, 2022, the New York Department of Financial Services released its debt collection rule amendments to 23 NYCRR 1, the regulation titled “Debt Collection by Third-Party Debt Collectors and Debt Buyers.” The initial proposed amendments were opened to public comment in late 2021. The rule amendments are scheduled to take effect in late

Creditors and debt collectors may rest assured that they are not violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when sending debt-collection communications prior to any knowledge of a debtor’s bankruptcy filing. In Carrasquillo v. CICA Collection Agency, Inc., the district court for the District of Puerto Rico relied on a Third Circuit

May a debt collector incur liability under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by seeking to collect a debt under a state court judgment later determined to be void? Not according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a nine-page opinion issued on January 11, 2023 in the case of Barbara Lowe v.

Recently, in Velez v. Absolute Resolutions Investments., LLC, the district court for the Northern District of Illinois confirmed the long-standing principle that not all communications sent from a debt collector to a debtor are governed by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Instead, the communications must be in connection with the collection of

On Dec. 15, 2022, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s (FFIEC) Task Force on Consumer Compliance adopted revised examination procedures for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and its implementing regulation, Regulation F.

The revised interagency procedures will apply to examinations conducted by FFIEC’s member regulators of their respective regulated institutions. FFIEC is composed

On January 4, the District Court of New Jersey dismissed a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) complaint against an unlicensed debt collector for lack of standing. In Valentine v. Unifund CCR, LLC, et al., the court held that merely receiving a letter from an unlicensed debt collector is insufficient to establish a concrete injury

FIA Card Services, NA (FIA) obtained a default judgment in a collection action against Jerome Redman in West Virginia state court. FIA, through its counsel Javitch Block LLC (Javitch), then filed a wage garnishment action against Redman to collect the judgment. Once Redman became aware of the default judgment, he filed a motion to set

A recent opinion issued by the Tenth Circuit serves as further confirmation that plaintiffs bringing Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) claims in federal court must allege sufficient concrete injury — tangible or intangible — to confer Article III standing. The holding also underscores that FDCPA claims predicated on disclosure of debtor information to third

In Hanrahan v. Statewide Collection, Inc., No. 21-16187 (9th Cir. Sep. 1, 2022), the Ninth Circuit affirmed an award of attorneys’ fees in favor of the plaintiff in an action brought under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). The case makes clear that, although the amount is discretionary, attorney fee awards to prevailing

Earlier this year, the Eleventh Circuit reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit when it held that monthly mortgage statements required by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Regulation Z can constitute communications in connection with the collection of a debt under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). More recently, the court reaffirmed this