Last week, in Ricco v. Sentry Credit, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not require a written dispute to avoid an assumption by the debt collector that the debt is valid.  Declining the opportunity to be “the ‘legal last-man-standing’ among the

On March 27, 2020, the Massachusetts Attorney General filed an emergency regulation interpreting the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, M.G.L.  Chapter 93A, to address certain practices by creditors and debt collectors that it has determined to be unfair and deceptive under present circumstances.  The regulation, entitled “Unfair and Deceptive Debt Collection Practices During the State

The CFPB has issued its annual Fair Debt Collection Practices Act report covering the CFPB’s and FTC’s activities in 2019.

With regard to the CFPB’s debt collection rulemaking, in her opening message, Director Kraninger only references the Bureau’s May 2019 proposal.  She does not mention the Bureau’s supplemental proposal issued last month that would require

On March 13, following the declaration of a state of emergency by Nevada Governor Sisolak due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the state’s Department of Business and Industry (DBI) issued guidance that allowed collection agency employees to work from their residences even if a residence was not a location licensed with the DBI.  However, on March

For our clients and others interested in monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) developments involving debt collection or telemarketing, effective today, March 23, Ballard Spahr has launched a comprehensive, national tracking program.  Each business day, participants in the program will receive an email update of any new laws, orders, executive pronouncements, or other guidance impacting the collections and

In this podcast, we discuss the latest modifications to the proposed CCPA regulations with Lauren Valenzuela, Corporate Counsel for Performant Financial, a provider of technology-based solutions to assist debt recovery.  Our discussion covers topics relevant to the debt industry, including the potential impact for debt collectors and other service providers indirectly collecting consumer data; changes

A Maryland federal district court, in Jennings v. Dynamic Recovery Solutions LLC, ruled that the effect of a partial payment on revival of the statute of limitations was governed by the law of Delaware, the state designated in the choice of law provision in the plaintiff’s credit agreement, rather than the law of Maryland,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in McAdory v M.N.S. Associates, LLC and DNF Associates, LLC, in a 2-1 decision, that companies that engage third parties to collect consumer debts they acquired when the debts were in default, known as “passive debt buyers,” qualify as “debt collectors” subject to the

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently ruled in Horia v. Nationwide Credit & Collection, Inc. that a consumer was not precluded from bringing a second FDCPA lawsuit against a debt collector for failing to notify a credit reporting agency that the debt was disputed even though the first lawsuit brought by

Earlier this month, in Buchholz v. Meyer Njus Tanick, P.A., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision that a plaintiff who alleged that the defendant had violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), failed to allege a concrete injury in fact sufficient to confer Article III