Litigation and Court Decisions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in Urbina v. National Business Factors Inc., ruled that a debt collector could not rely on the FDCPA’s bona fide error defense by contractually obligating its creditor clients to provide accurate information.

The collection services contract that National Business Factors (NBF) had entered into with

The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, represented by Public Citizen and the Center for Responsible Lending, filed a lawsuit against the CFPB in D.C. federal district court seeking to overturn the CFPB’s July 2020 final rule (2020 Rule) that rescinded the ability-to-repay provisions in its 2017 final payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule (2017

PLI’s 25th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute will take place on December 7-8, 2020 by live webcast.

The Institute is considered the country’s premier consumer financial services CLE program and this year’s Institute will once again explore in detail important developments in consumer financial services regulation and litigation.  I am again co-chairing the event, as

The plaintiffs in Cohen v. Capital One Funding, LLC and Petersen v. Chase Card Funding, LLC have filed appeals with the Second Circuit from the decisions of two New York federal district courts that held the National Bank Act (NBA) preempts their claims that the interest charged on credit card receivables assigned to affiliated securitization

The CFPB has filed its combined cross-motion for summary judgment and opposition to the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit filed by industry trade groups challenging the CFPB’s final rule on Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (the Rule).  The combined motion and opposition follows the filing of an Amended Complaint

On October 25, a Massachusetts federal district court entered a preliminary injunction staying and postponing the effective date of the final rule issued by HUD last month (“2020 Rule”) revising its 2013 Fair Housing Act disparate impact standards (“2013 Rule”).  The order also enjoins HUD from enforcing the 2020 Rule and keeps the 2013 Rule

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

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”

The CFPB and FTC have filed a joint amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit urging the court to reverse a district court ruling that an individual who had already received credit from the defendant and who was not currently applying to the defendant for credit was not an “applicant”