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In Ammons v. Diversified Adjustment Serv., No. 2:18-cv-06489-ODW (MAAx), 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175842, at *12-14 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 9, 2019) , Judge Wright held that LiveVox' manual dial requirement disqualified it from being an ATDS, and nothing in Marks changes that conclusion. The parties agree that all calls DAS placed to Ammons's 3436 Cell Phone used LiveVox HCI. (DSUF… Read More

The CCPA enacted in 2018, creates new consumer rights relating to the access to, deletion of, and sharing of personal information that is collected by businesses. It also requires the California Attorney General to solicit broad public participation and adopt regulations to further the CCPA’s purposes. Today, the AG issued proposed regulations designed to establish procedures to facilitate consumers’ new… Read More

In Bodie v. Lyft, Inc., No. 3:16-cv-02558-L-NLS, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172998, at *6-7 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2019) , Judge Lorenz found "use" of an ATDS adequately pleaded. In addressing the second issue, the Ninth Circuit clarified that a total lack of human intervention was not required for a device to qualify as an ATDS. Marks, 904 F.3d at… Read More

In Koehn v. Delta Outsource Group, Inc., No. 19-1088 (7th Cir. September 29, 2019), here, the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had had enough with ingenious interpretations of dunning letters to create a purported violation of the FDCPA. An unsophisticated consumer is “uninformed, naïve, or trusting,” Veach v. Sheeks, 316 F.3d 690, 693 (7th Cir. 2003), but nonetheless… Read More

In Carter v. Richland Holdings, No. 2:16-cv-02967-RFB-VCF, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168010, at *12-15 (D. Nev. Sep. 30, 2019), the District Court granted summary judgment against an FDCPA Plaintiff. AcctCorp argues that it was not reporting the debt in connection to an attempt to collect the debt pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1692e, but to comply with the Fair Credit… Read More

In Sliwa v. Bright House Networks, No. 2:16-cv-235-FtM-29MRM, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167805, at *56-63 (M.D. Fla. Sep. 27, 2019), the District Court denied class certification. Plaintiff identifies the following common questions of law or fact which he asserts will predominate over any individualized issues: whether (1) an automatic telephone dialing system or prerecorded voice technology was used; (2) Defendants'… Read More

In DeNova v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, No. 8:17-cv-2204-T-23AAS, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163014 (M.D. Fla. Sep. 24, 2019), Judge Merryday overruled the Magistrate’s ruling that an Aspect dialing system was an ATDS. Denise DeNova alleges (Doc. 2) that between April 2013 and May 2016, Ocwen Loan Servicing, attempting to collect DeNova's delinquent mortgage, used an "Aspect predictive dialing system"… Read More

On Wednesday, Californians for Consumer Privacy, the official proponent of the ballot initiative that became the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), announced that it had filed a new voter-sponsored initiative with the California Secretary of State that will appear on the November 2020 ballot (if the requisite number of signatures can be gathered and certified).  The initiative, named the “California… Read More

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