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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.34 -- Communications with the Debtor -- False or Misleading Representations

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In Hall v. Southwest Credit Sys., L.P., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73350, *5-11 (D.C. Dist. May 1, 2019), Judge Howell found that a debt collector's failure to report to the consumer reporting agencies that the account was "disputed" could violate multiple provisions of the FDCPA. This case concerns one allegation: The defendant reported a debt to credit bureaus that the… Read More

In Brown v. I.C. Sys., No. 16 C 9784, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45384 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 20, 2019), Judge Alonso denied a debt collector’s summary judgment motion, first finding that the call pattern created a question of fact. Defendant argues that its recordings of connected calls show that plaintiff never told defendant to stop calling; on the few occasions… Read More

In Sanders v. LoanCare LLC, No. 18-CV-09376, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20900, at *2-3 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 1, 2019), Judge Otero addressed, albeit in a mortgage situation, whether the collection of an online payment fee during a 10-day grace period triggered the Rosenthal Act.  The facts were as follows: In February 2018, Plaintiff received a Notice of Service Transfer ("Notice")… Read More

In Izett v. Crown Asset Management, LLC., 2018 WL 6592442, at *4–5 (N.D.Cal., 2018), Judge Chen refused to strike an affirmative defense related to an FDCPA allegation that a CCP 98 declaration in the underlying state court debt collection action allegedly was false. Defendants' seventeenth affirmative defense asserts: “A debt collector does not make misrepresentations in violation of [the FDCPA]… Read More

In Alarcon v. Vital Recovery Services, Inc., 2018 WL 6266558, at *4 (S.D.Cal., 2018), Judge Burns granted summary judgment under the FDCPA in favor of a debt collector who collected, by non-judicial means, on a debt that previously had been adjudicated in favor of the debtor. The question presented in this case is whether that ruling in favor of Alarcon in… Read More

In Jones v. Synergetic Communication, Inc., Case No. 18-CV-1860-BAS-RBB, 2018 WL 6062414 (S.D. Cal. November 20, 2018), the District Court dismissed an FDCPA claim brought against a debt collector arising out of a letter collecting on a time-barred debt. The Court concludes that, in the context of this case, the “will not sue” language could not plausibly mislead the least… Read More

In McRobie v. Credit Protection Association, 2018 WL 5608121 (E.D.Pa. 2018), Judge Leeson held that a red, white, and blue texted envelope that said “official notice” on it did not constitute misrepresenting that the communication was from a government official under the FDCPA. Case law interpreting § 1692e(9) is sparse. The parties cite no Third Circuit precedent interpreting the provision;… Read More

In Vangorden v. Second Round, Limited Partnership, 2018 WL 3595759, at *4–5 (2nd Cir., 2018), the Court of Appeals discussed whether the validation process must first be engaged by the consumer before the consumer can state a claim. Second Round argues that it is evident from this statutory scheme—which affords consumers the right to dispute debts, precludes efforts to collect… Read More

In Coyne v. Midland Funding LLC, 2018 WL 3423469, at *2–3 (8th Cir. 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that an FDCPA Plaintiff had pleaded a claim against a debt collector based on their claim that the debt collector's dunning letter had compounded interest in violation of state law and the contract forming the obligation. It is undisputed that Minnesota… Read More

In McNair v. Maxwell & Morgan PC, 2018 WL 3097153 (9th Cir. 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit clarified when attorneys are engaged in debt collection under the FDCPA. Our decision in Ho does not, however, preclude FDCPA liability for an entity that seeks to collect a debt through a judicial foreclosure scheme that allows for deficiency… Read More

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