Last fall, Bank of America entered into a $32 million settlement to resolve a TCPA lawsuit over debt collection calls the bank made within its credit card and mortgage units. It has been called the largest TCPA settlement ever. Late last month, the judge in the case drastically lowered the amount of money the plaintiffs’ attorneys will see for their work in the final settlement approval.
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Hudson Cook, LLP, a nationwide provider of legal compliance services for the financial services industry, announces that it has added as partners two nationally-recognized collections attorneys, Gary Becker and Barbara Sinsley, to its existing collections practice.
Frost-Arnett today announced that W. Judd Peak has been named Corporate Compliance Officer. In his role, Peak will develop and manage Frost-Arnett’s enterprise compliance program.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday announced the latest additions to its three advisory boards, including seven new members of its Consumer Protection Advisory Board. Joann Needleman, VP at law firm Maurice & Needleman and current President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA), was named as one of the new members.
In comments submitted to the CFPB on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking under the FDCPA, the attorneys general of 31 states condemned the use of third-party prepared, integrated business records in civil lawsuits to collect debt as an example of “unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices.” But many of those AGs use similar records in their own criminal cases.
Brandon Scroggin had an air-tight FDCPA claim against a debt collection agency. It was such a solid case, the company offered him a $5,000 settlement to make it go away. But now Scroggin owes the agency more than $33,000 to pay their attorney’s fees. So how did he go from five grand up to 33-large in the hole?
United States District Judge Denise Cote has dismissed all claims brought by the New York State Professional Process Servers Association, a process serving agency and an individual process server against the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), its attorneys and administrative law judges.
Lawsuits against ARM firms citing violations of the FDCPA increased slightly in July, but were still on pace to finish far below the number filed in 2013. TCPA lawsuits also bucked their 2014 trend by decreasing on a month-over-month basis, but still remain on pace to grow significantly for the year.