State Attorneys General

New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on September 29 that his office has filed three lawsuits against debt collection companies. In his statement, Balderas explained that these lawsuits are part of a larger “crackdown” aimed at educating consumers and eliminating abusive debt collection practices within the state.

The lawsuits, filed against LVNV Funding,

On September 17, a State of Washington federal judge granted Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s request in State of Washington v. Trump for a nationwide injunction, requiring the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to stop and reverse operational changes that slowed down mail delivery on the grounds that these changes could potentially interfere with the

On Tuesday, September 15, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. regarding a lawsuit in New York state court titled The People of The State of New York et al. v. Dunkin’ Brands Inc., case number 451787/2019. The case was filed in September 2019 by the New York

In late August, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 1864, creating a Department of Financial Protection and Innovation and bolstering legal protections for consumers.

The new Department is intended to be a state-level version of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

For example, similar to the CFPB, the commissioner of the Department is authorized

Earlier this month, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a group of twenty-three attorneys general in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos (the “Secretary”). According to a news release from the California Attorney General’s Office, the lawsuit, filed in

As COVID-19 endures, state attorneys general have been inundated with complaints of price gouging and illegal profiteering on highly sought-after and necessary products. Their responses have been swift, stern, and will persist as they endeavor to protect consumers from price gouging.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced on July 7, 2020, that his office has

On July 28, 2020, Troutman Pepper attorneys, Maryia Jones (Virginia Beach office) and Stephen J. Steinlight (New York – East Side office) 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

Authors:
Miranda Hooker, Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Ashley L. Taylor, Jr., Partner, Troutman Sanders
Ryan J. Strasser, Associate, Troutman Sanders
Katherine E. Stark, Associate, Pepper Hamilton

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, every national crisis in the United States has left a long wake of investigations in its trail at all levels

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

The Democrats on the House Financial Services Committee are pushing their proposed package of bills aimed at responding to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. This time around, they are supporting the bill that would place a moratorium on debt collection activities for the duration of the pandemic.

A May 5 release from the Democrats on the