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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.17 -- Debts to which the FDCPA Apply -- Federal -- "Consumer" Requirement

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In Norton v. Lvnv Funding, No. 18-cv-05051-DMR, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146863, at *15-16 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 28, 2019), Magistrate Judge Ryu held that equivocal pleading of a debt's consumer nature survived an FRCP 12(b)(6) motion. Defendants essentially argue that a plaintiff's allegations about consumer debt must be unequivocal and ironclad in order to withstand a Rule 12 challenge. This… Read More

In Mueller v. I.C. Sys., No. 18-CV-336 (AMD) (RML), 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70342, at *4-5 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 25, 2019), Judge Donnelly let an FDCPA case past the pleadings stage. While the plaintiff's contract with Liberty Power does include a check box describing the "customer" as a "corporation," the plaintiff asserts that his intent in signing the contract was to… Read More

In Taylor v. Alltran Financial, LP, 2018 WL 4403335, at *3–4 (S.D.Ind., 2018), the District Court certified an FDCPA class over the Defendant's objection that some of the debts might be commercial debts. Here, Defendants’ argument that the proposed class could contain individuals who received commercial or business loans, and who would therefore be ineligible under the FDCPA, makes no… Read More

Readers know that we've complained about this before -- that Courts apply different standards in individual and class actions when it comes to determining whether a debt was incurred primarily for consumer or business purposes.  (Hyman & Walser-Jolly, The Effect of the FDCPA’s “Consumer Limitation on Class Certification: Do Courts Apply Different Standards in Individual and Class Actions? 70 Conf.… Read More

In Grubb v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, 2017 WL 3191521, at *8–9 (D.N.J., 2017), Judge Wolfson held that a loan servicer's acquisition of servicing rights for an account in default triggered the FDCPA. Post-assignment servicers and owners of debts that were in default at the time of assignment, however, are treated differently under the law. “[A]n assignee may be deemed… Read More

In Ellis v. Phillips and Cohen Associates, Ltd., 2016 WL 3566981, at *3-5 (N.D.Cal., 2016), Judge Davila found a triable issue of material fact as to whether a debt incurred by Plaintiff's corporation, for which she denied responsibility, was a "commercial" debt under the FDCPA. As this court previously observed when addressing Defendant's motion to dismiss, a “consumer debt” qualifying… Read More

In Hall v. Phenix Investigations, Inc., 2016 WL 1238602, at *2-3 (5th Cir. 2016), a Law Firm hired private eyes to obtain information on a litigant in a commercial lease dispute, which the Law Firm used against the litigant in the litigation.  The litigant sued, alleging that the information obtained by the private eye was a "consumer report" under FCRA, and litigation… Read More

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