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In Catalfamo v. Countrywide Home Loans, 2008 WL 4158432 (E.D.Cal. 2008), Judge O'Neal held that the FDCPA does not afford a right to punitive damages, since the FDCPA already affords a right to a penalty.  Mr. Catalfamo may not recover punitive damages for his RESPA, FDCPA, and breach of contract claims.  RESPA and FDCPA provide for compensatory relief, reasonable attorneys'… Read More

After favorable treatment of the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sosa v. DirectTV, 437 F.3d 923, 929 (9th Cir. 2006), many saw analogy to FDCPA claims.  In Sial v. Unifund CCR Partners, 2008 WL 4079281 (S.D.Cal. 2008), Judge Miller refused to apply the defense to litigation-related debt collection conduct.  The Noerr-Pennington doctrine derives… Read More

In Kelly v. Wolpoff & Abramson, LLP, 2008 WL 2397689 (D.Colo. 2008), District Judge Nottingham rejected a consumer's claim that a debt collector violated the FDCPA by collecing on a "charged off" account.  Judge Nottingham rejected the misperception some consumers have that "charging off" an account equates to debt extinguishment. According to generally accepted accounting principles codified into federal regulations and… Read More

In Reed v. Global Acceptance Credit Company, 2008 WL 3330165 (N.D.Cal. 2008), Judge Whyte rejected plaintiff's claim under Foti v. NCO Fin. Systems, Inc. 424 F.Supp.2d 643 (S.D.N.Y. 2006) and Hosseinzadeh v. M.R.S. Assocs, Inc. 337 F.Supp.2d 1104 (C.D.Cal. 2005) that a debt collector's failure to identify itself as a "debt collector" under 15 U.S.C. 1692e(11) violated that provision.  Here,… Read More

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

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