On September 25, 2019, the CFPB filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Maryland against Maryland-based debt collector FCO Holding, Inc. (“FCO”), its various subsidiaries and Michael E. Sobota, the CEO, president, director, and owner of FCO. According to the lawsuit, FCO and Sobota operate the largest debt-collection company in the multi-unit housing industry,

Last week, the CFPB announced that that it had entered into a consent order with an Illinois-based debt collection company. According to the settlement, the company’s business consists primarily of purchasing and then collecting on defaulted debt from banks and retail credit card companies. As part of the consent order, the company was ordered to

In its proposed debt collection rules, the CFPB would allow a debt collector to satisfy the FDCPA requirement to provide the validation notice by sending the debtor an email or text message that includes a hyperlink to a secure website on which the notice is accessible, subject to a series of specific conditions set forth

The CFPB has filed an amicus brief in Bender v. Elmore & Throop, P.C., an appeal before the Fourth Circuit involving the application of the FDCPA’s one-year statute of limitations.  The brief supports the position of the plaintiff-appellant that the one-year period runs separately for each discrete FDCPA violation.  It represents the first CFPB

Last Friday, the CFPB announced that it had filed yet another meaningful attorney involvement lawsuit against a debt collection law firm – Forster & Garbus, P.C.  It’s notable enough that the Bureau continues to pursue these cases (even while proposing a “safe harbor” for meaningful attorney involvement in its proposed debt collection rules), but there

Noting, among other things, “retrenchment” on the federal level, the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (HB 1634) was signed into law on May 15, 2018.

The Act’s provisions take effect October 1, 2018 and include the following:

  • Maryland Consumer Protection Act (MCPA):  Adds “abusive” practices to the existing proscription against “unfair

On August 1, 2018, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) introduced S. 3334 captioned “The Military Lending Improvement Act of 2018” in the United States Senate to “expand and improve” credit protections afforded to service members by the Military Lending Act (MLA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  If this bill becomes law, it