On November 13, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, we will present a webinar on the CFPB’s final collection rule.  Click here for more information and to register.

Part 1 of the CFPB’s final debt collection rule, which was released October 30, applies only to “debt collectors” as defined by the FDCPA, as

On November 13, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET, we will present a webinar on the CFPB’s final collection rule.  Click here for more information and to register.

On October 30, the CFPB released “part one” of its long-awaited final collections rule, which restated and clarified certain prohibitions on harassment and abuse,

The CFPB issued its long-awaited final debt collection rule today.  The final rule is adopted pursuant to the Bureau’s authority under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and not its UDAAP authority under the Dodd-Frank Act.  Accordingly, the final rule only applies to the activities of debt collectors subject to the FDCPA and does not

On October 23, 2020, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a motion to dismiss in ACA International v. Maura Healey based on mootness. The lawsuit challenges the state’s emergency regulations that placed a ban on outbound collection calls. The emergency regulations were promulgated in March 2020, ACA International filed its lawsuit in April 2020, and

Among the suite of consumer protection bills signed into law last month by California Governor Gavin Newsom is AB 2524. The bill, as enacted, is a less-expansive version of an assembly bill that would have created an entirely new and broad system of regulation over debt settlement companies through amendments to the Check Sellers,

The CFPB filed an amicus brief in Hopkins v. Collecto, Inc., an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in support of the debt collector’s position that it did not violate the FDCPA by sending the plaintiff a letter that included an itemization of the plaintiff’s debt that indicated “$0.00”

A Georgia federal district court has entered a temporary restraining order against a Georgia-based debt collection operation in response to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the complaint, the debt collection operation engaged in a variety of illegal debt collection practices, including:

  • “Masquerading” as law-enforcement officials, government officials or attorneys.

The CFPB announced last week that it has entered into a settlement of the lawsuit it filed in September 2020 against Encore Capital Group, Inc., Midland Funding, LLC, Midland Credit Management, Inc., and Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. alleging that the defendants engaged in various unlawful practices in violation of the FDCPA, the CFPA, and a

On September 29, the CFPB, in partnership with the FTC and numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies, announced a nationwide effort addressing “phantom debt collection” and abusive and threatening debt collection practices. The initiative has been titled “Operation Corrupt Collector.” 

Phantom debt collection (also known as fake debt collection) covers a range of practices,

The enforcement grace period for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ (“DCA”) new debt collection rules, ends today, October 1st.

Among the provisions of the new debt collection rules is the requirement for entities engaged in debt collection procedures to include a link to the DCA’s glossary and translations of