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Federal Judge Sides with Collection Agency and Debt Buyer in Letter Class Action

A federal judge in Illinois two weeks ago dismissed an FDCPA class action filed against a debt buyer and its contracted collection agency over the use of the word “transferred” in a collection letter explaining why a new company was attempting to recover the debt. The case had been granted class action status and will be appealed to the Seventh Circuit.

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Filing a TCPA lawsuit? There’s an App for that

It seems as though there is a mobile app for everything these days, including collecting information for TCPA suits. Two mobile applications allow consumers to create legal documentation of unwanted robocalls, telemarketing calls, and debt collection calls. The information is forwarded to law firms specializing in filing lawsuits against businesses using robocalls and engaging in debt collection activities.

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Circuit Court Revives FDCPA Suit Over Collection Law Firm’s Actions

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month reversed a lower court’s ruling in a case brought against Bank of America in which the plaintiff alleged FDCPA violations on the part of a law firm collecting on BofA’s behalf. The defendants argued that the FDCPA does not apply to attorneys engaged in the practice of law, which the Circuit panel rejected.

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State Legislature Committee to Consider Strict Debt Buyer Bill After Industry Input

A committee in the Oregon House of Representatives next week will consider a bill that could place extensive new requirements on debt buyers that file collection lawsuits against consumers. In a public hearing late last month, debt buyers expressed opposition to the bill as introduced noting “this legislation has very significant problems.”

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Judge Sides with Government in Student Loan Debt Collection Contract Dispute Ruling

A judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Tuesday dismissed a complaint against the Department of Education brought by student loan debt collection contractors that disagreed with the agency’s decision to end its relationship with some collectors while expanding its business with others. But the decision was narrow and is likely to be appealed, with additional questions needing an answer before the matter is finally settled.