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In Yasin v. Equifax Information Services, Inc. 2008 WL 2782704 (N.D.Cal. 2008), Judge Chesney conducted an analysis of FCRA and held that "equitable relief is not available as a remedy" under FCRA, citing Howard v. Blue Ridge Bank 371 F.Supp.2d 1139, 1145 (N.D.Cal.2005).  Judge Chesney also used an analogy to the FDCPA, finding in dicta that the FDCPA does not either. Read More

On July 3, 2008, Judge Conti ruled in Cruz v. MRC Receivables, Inc. -- F.Supp.2d -- 2008 WL 2627143 (N.D.Cal. 2008) on a debt collector's summary judgment motion in an FDCPA claim alleging that inclusion of the Notice of potentially adverse credit reporting required by California Civil Code § 1785.26 and 15 U.S.C. 1681s-2(a)(7)(A)(i) constituted an unfair collection tactic because… Read More

On July 7, 2008, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Reichert v. National Credit Systems, Inc. held that, in an action by a debtor against a debt collector under the FDCPA arising out of a debt that the debtor owed a former landlord, the debt collector bore the burden of proving the bona fide error defense.  The… Read More

In Witt v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc. 2008 WL 2489132 (E.D.Cal. 2008), Witt sued a Real-Time Resolutions, Inc., a furnisher of credit information under FCRA.  On June 16, Judge O'Neal of the USDC for the Eastern District dismissed Real-Time's collection action, which Real-Time filed as a counter-claim to the FCRA claim.  Judge O'Neal, following Sparrow v. Mazda American Credit 385… Read More

In Murphy v. Triad Financial, Judge Benitez of USDC for the Southern District dismissed a Rosenthal Act claim as lacking federal question jurisdiction.  Judge Benitez rejected the argument that since Civil Code § 1788.17 incorporates the federal FDCPA, claims filed under that section trigger federal question jurisdiction under the "substantial federal question" doctrine.  The parties "argue that Murphy's Rosenthal Act… Read More

On June 2, 2008, Judge Jeremy Vogel held in an unpublished decision that although an act to enforce the FDCPA must be filed within one year from the date of the violation, "conduct occurring outside the statute of limitations is actionable under a continuing violation theory".  (Cruz v. International Collection Corp. 2008 WL 2263800 (N.D.Cal. 2008). Judge Vogel explained that… Read More

On May 22, 2008, Judge Fogel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that the TCPA's requirement that TCPA claims be filed in state court did not deprive federal courts of diversity jurisdiction to hear such claims.  The TCPA dictates that an individual may bring a private right of action in state court.  (47 U.S.C.  § 227(b)(3),… Read More

In Saunders v. Branch Banking & Trust of Virginia, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a punitive damage award against an automobile lender that had failed to report to the Credit Reporting Agencies in response to a Consumer Dispute Verification that the consumer disputed the account.  The Court of Appeals found that a furnisher's failure to report… Read More

In Grimes v. Rave Motion Pictures No. 07-AR-1397-S (N.D.Ala. 2008), Judge William Acker found FACTA's penalty provision of "damages of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000" for each violation unconstitutionally vague in the context of a FACTA claim arising out of businesses' failure to truncate credit card numbers on electronically printed receipts.  The Court noted that imposing… Read More

In Leckler v. CashCall, Inc,  Judge Susan Illston of the United States District Court for the Northern District refused to follow the FCC's January 4, 2008 interpretive ruling of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which had permitted lenders to use autodialers and prerecorded message calls to wireless numbers so long as express consent had been given, such as if the consumer provided… Read More

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