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On November 21, 2008, Judge Illston heard argument on whether the Hobbs Act deprived her of jurisdiction to rule on the FTC's Order interpreting the TCPA.  Judge Illston granted defendant's Motion to Vacate.   See her ruling here See my prior post regarding Leckler and Judge Illston's previous orders here:  http://www.calautofinance.com/?p=228 Read More

In Coordinated Automobile Lease Tax Cases (L.A.Sup. Coord. No. JCCP 4378), Judge Anthony Mohr presided over litigation involving whether automobile leases and the holders of such contracts properly assessed use taxes on such items as acquisition fees and service contracts.  On April 9, 2008, Judge Mohr sustained the demurrers of the various automobile finance companies without leave to amend, holding… Read More

In a decision of probably more personal than professional importance, Judge Pregerson held that Law Enforcement System's Inc.'s collection outstanding toll violations on Hwy 91 was not subject to the FDCPA.  (Yazo v. Law Enforcement Systems, Inc. (C.D.Cal.2008) 2008 WL 4852965).  Hwy. 91, for those non-southern-Californians, is a toll road which connects the Orange County beach cities to San Bernardino and… Read More

Update:  Motion Continued to November 21, 2008. -Ed.    Defendants' Motion to Dismiss based on the Hobbs Act is fully briefed, and scheduled for hearing on October 31, 2008.   Plaintiffs' Opposition states: It appears that part of Defendant's motion has merit and Plaintiff agrees that the Orders granting Plaintiff's and denying Defendant's summary judgment motions must be set aside for… Read More

In Yang v. DTS Financial Group (U.S.D.C. No. 07-CV1731JLS (WMc)), Judge Sammartino of the U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of California opined on whether a 'for profit' credit counseling service fell outside the FDCPA.  On an FRCP 12(b)(6) motion, Judge Sammartino held that the plaintiffs had pleaded adequate facts to surve the Motion.  The plaintiff had pleaded: Before May 1, 2006,… Read More

The Federal Trade Commission said it would delay implementation of what is known as the “Red Flag” rules from Nov. 1 to May 1, 2009. The rule requires that creditors adopt programs to identify and respond to indicators of identity theft.  For the FTC's Notification, please see http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/10/redflags.shtm  For my earlier post on the FTC's Red Flag Rules, please see:  http://www.calautofinance.com/?p=148 Read More

In Great Seneca Financial v. Holtzclaw, (L.A.Super. No. LC075416), Superior Court Judge Lichtman granted Summary Adjudication to Great Seneca Financial against the debtor's FDCPA claim.  The debtor argued that Great Seneca had not qualified to do business in California at the time Great Seneca filed a collection action against the debtor.  Judge Lichtman rejected that argument as factual basis for… Read More

It's not an automobile case, but is interesting for statements of law applied.  In Galindo v. Financo Financial, Inc., 2008 WL 4452344 (N.D.Cal. 2008), Judge William Alsup required strict compliance with the CLRA's pre-filing notice requirement: California courts require “strict” compliance with Section 1782. Outboard Marine Corp. v. Superior Court, 52 Cal.App.3d 30, 40-41, 124 Cal.Rptr. 852 (1975). Plaintiffs filed the… Read More

In Roybal v. Equifax, Judge England issued three separate opinions addressing liability of furnishers and credit reporting agencies.  In Roybal v. Equifax, 2008 WL 453447 (E.D.Cal. 2008), Judge England addressed the CRAs for publishing allegedly inaccurate credit information about the plaintiff.  First, Judge England allowed a wife to pursue a claim for inaccuracies in the husband's credit report:   The… Read More

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