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

On July 23, 2020, the Senate unanimously passed S. 3841. This bill protects stimulus funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) from being garnished by private debt collectors. This protection is similar to how Social Security payments are barred from garnishment. S. 3841 was first introduced by a

Does a judicial foreclosure action constitute “debt collection activity” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”)? The answer depends on whether the creditor attempts to recover the unpaid mortgage balance or just the property, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Barnes v. Routh Crabtree Olson, P.C.

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In Anglin v. Merchants Credit Corporation, No. 2:18-cv-507-BJR, 2020 WL 4000966 (W.D. Wash. July 15, 2020), United States District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein held that the defendants did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) by failing to follow state procedural rules in obtaining a writ of garnishment as part of

Like most industries today, Consumer Finance Services businesses are being significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Troutman Pepper has developed a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Center to guide clients through this unprecedented global health challenge. We regularly update this site with COVID-19 news and developments, recommendations from leading health organizations, and tools that businesses can

Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) began July 1, 2020. Our privacy team at Troutman Pepper includes several attorneys who worked in an attorney general’s office. This privacy regulatory team has identified six areas of enforcement likely to catch the California Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) attention, which arguably holds sole regulatory

On July 13, 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued a study, entitled “Targeting Credit Builder Loans: Insights from a Credit Builder Loan Evaluation” and an accompanying practitioner’s guide – ultimately concluding that a credit builder loan (“CBL”) could increase the likelihood of establishing a credit record for consumers without one, and could help

Join Troutman Pepper Partner John Lynch for the American Conference Institute’s 32nd Annual Advanced Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions, Litigation & Government Enforcement Actions.

The American Conference Institute has assembled an unparalleled faculty of federal and state regulatory and enforcement officials, senior in-house counsel, and leading outside counsel who will provide you with expert