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A district judge in New York this week certified a class action TCPA case against a debt collection agency where the defendant argued it had express prior consent to call a cell phone because the plaintiff had provided that number to the creditor. The ruling referenced and ignored an FCC order that allowed for autodialed calls to cell phones with express consent.
The FTC and the CFPB both announced enforcement actions Wednesday against separate payday lenders for very similar behavior, namely funding unapproved loans for consumers who did not request them and then taking payments directly from checking accounts, also without approval. And for questionable debt sales and collection practices, of course.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday announced it is proposing to oversee larger nonbank auto finance companies for the first time at the federal level.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said Tuesday that it has sued for-profit college operator Corinthian Colleges, Inc. for creating a loan program that was so complicated in structure, it actually exposed Corinthian to liability under the FDCPA as a collection agency. The company is also accused of a host of other financial violations.
New York State Courts Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Tuesday announced the formal adoption of new rules aimed at preventing default judgments in credit card debt collection cases. Lippman claimed that the reforms “reflect the most comprehensive effort by a court system nationally to ensure a fair legal process in consumer debt litigation.”
In a split decision, the First Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court ruling that a collection letter send by a law firm violated the FDCPA because it gave the impression that the consumer could not dispute the debt and that payment was the only option to avoid litigation.
NPR, in collaboration with ProPublica, is running a series of articles and radio segments this week focused on the practice of wage garnishment and bank account asset seizure by debt collectors.
Debt collection law firm Frederick J. Hanna & Associates filed a motion Friday to dismiss an enforcement action initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB’s lawsuit accused the firm of filing too many collection lawsuits, which it said was a violation of the FDCPA.
The Arkansas Supreme Court late last week ruled that an out-of-state debt buyer that “retains a licensed Arkansas lawyer to collect on the delinquent accounts and file lawsuits on its behalf in Arkansas” meets the definition of “collection agency” in the state and must be properly licensed as such.
A collection agency that late last month lost an appeal in the Third Circuit has filed a petition for a rehearing, according to ACA International. The case involved an account number being visible through the clear window of an envelope.