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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.11 -- Persons to Whom the FDCPA Apply -- Federal -- Debt Assignees

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In Randall v. Ditech Financial, LLC., 2018 WL 2355927, at *3 (Cal.App. 4 Dist., 2018), the California Court of Appeal found that an FDCPA Plaintiff stated a claim against a mortgage servicer who accepted assignment of a loan that already was in default. Here, the complaint alleged Ditech “collects debts, either on behalf of itself or others, in the regular… Read More

In Simpson v. American Credit Acceptance, LLC, 2017 WL 1968284, at *3–4 (E.D.Tenn., 2017), Judge Guyton granted summary judgment to an auto finance company under the FDPCA because the account was not in default at the time of the assignment. The Defendant asserts that it is not subject to the FDCPA because it is not a debt collector. Further, the… Read More

In Church v. Accretive Health, Inc., here, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that collection on a debt that was not in default at the time of the assignment does not trigger the FDCPA. Thus, if the debt at issue was not in default at the time it was obtained by a third party agency, the agency’s… Read More

In Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 2014 WL 4071891 (N.D.Ga. 2014), Judge Duffey held that an entity that acquires a portfolio with both current and defaulted debt is not subject to the FDCPA as to those loans in the portfolio that were in default at the time of the purchase. Judge Duffey held that 15 USC 1692a(6)’s application… Read More

In Fontell v. Hassett, --- Fed.Appx. ----, 2014 WL 2464987 (4th Cir. 2014), the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit distinguished between “default” and mere “delinquency” in determining, under the FDCPA,  whether an account was “in default” at the time it was obtained. Excluded from the FDCPA's definition of debt collectors, see 15 U.S.C. § 1692a(6) is “any person… Read More

In Hambrick v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2009 WL 1532676 (N.D.Miss. 2009), Judge Pepper required a Plaintiff to plead each element of the definition of “debt collector”, denying the Plaintiff the right to conduct discovery in order to be able to plead one of the elements.  The issue involved whether, when Wells Fargo took assignment of the debt, the debt… Read More