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Fallout Growing from FDCPA Decision on Proof of Claim on Time-Barred Debt

A U.S. Circuit Court decision this summer took an extraordinary step when it held that filing a proof of claim on time barred debt is conduct that violates the FDCPA. At the time, attorneys close to both bankruptcy and FDCPA proceedings warned that it would touch off a very real firestorm in that sector of the ARM industry. That has proven to be quite true.

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Judge Dismisses Third Party Disclosure FDCPA Case and Opines on Nature of the Law

A federal district judge in New York last week dismissed an FDCPA case in which a consumer claimed a collection agency unlawfully disclosed his debt to a third party. The judge not only disagreed with the allegations in the case, but noted that the law itself might be an issue, writing, “The FDCPA is clearly out of touch with modern communication technology.”

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How to Avoid FDCPA Claims of Overshadowing

Section 1692g of the FDCPA says collectors must provide a notice to consumers within five days of initial communication stating the amount of the debt, the name of the current creditor, and explaining the consumer’s right to dispute the debt and to obtain verification. You might assume that a collector can comply with that section by simply copying the language from the statute into their initial notice to consumers. Not exactly.