New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on November 4, 2020, that the State will continue the suspension of its debt collection efforts of medical and student debt through the remainder of the calendar year. The suspension, which was originally instituted during March 2020 as part of the state’s response to

On August 31, 2020, the Tenth Circuit affirmed the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado’s holding that certain student loans not guaranteed by a governmental unit may be discharged in bankruptcy.

Navient Solutions, LLC argued that the debtors’ student loans were excepted from their Chapter 13 discharge under 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(8)(A)(ii)

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

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held its public workshop on the proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (“GLBA”). The FTC has not updated the Safeguards Rule since implementing it in 2003. With substantial developments in the way businesses increasingly depend and operate using non-public personal information through electronic means

In Tillman v. Navient Sols., LLC, No. 18-CV-04625 (N.D. Ill. June 15, 2020), the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) based upon student loans that had been reported as being in default but that the plaintiff asserted had been discharged.

The plaintiff, Tillman, took out a

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

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is holding its public workshop today on the proposed changes to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999’s Safeguards Rule (“Safeguards Rule”). For background, the Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions, and potentially affiliates and/or service providers, to keep customer information secure. The FTC has stated it seeks to modify the Safeguards Rule

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

Earlier this month, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas denied a student loan servicer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, finding that it was not entitled to absolute immunity under the Eleventh Amendment of the United States Constitution for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

In May 2018,

On May 14, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached an $18 million settlement with mortgage lender Monster Loans (a/k/a Chou Team Realty LLC) and several individual, related entities to resolve allegations that they impermissibly and duplicitously obtained credit reports for their associated student loan debt-relief companies, which, in turn, used the consumer reports to deceptively