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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.36 -- Communications with the Debtor -- Validation of the Debt -- Required Notices from the Debt Collector -- California

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That California legislature last year passed last year SB 531, which became effective July 1, 2022, imposing additional validation requirements on certain debt collectors under the Rosenthal Act.  The bill was designed to do as follows: This bill would require a debt collector to which delinquent debt, as defined and specified, has been assigned to provide to the debtor, upon… Read More

In Maclean v. Collection Bureau of Am., Ltd., No. 3:20-cv-00426-JLS-DEB, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 233508 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 11, 2020), Judge Sammartino dismissed an FDCPA claim based on language in a validation letter regarding fee accrual. Defendant contends that the language included in the collection letter is appropriate and is nearly identical to the language relied on by multiple circuits… Read More

In Derosa v. CAC Financial Corp., Case No. 17-3189, 2018 WL 5344906 (2nd Cir. October 29, 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in an unpublished decision that a dunning letter is deceptive under the FDCPA for failing to state that interest will and fees will accrue only if, in fact, interest and fees actually will and… Read More

In Gallego v. Northland Group Inc., 2016 WL 697383, at *3-4 (C.A.2 (N.Y.),2016), the Court of Appeals was called on to review the District Court's denial of class certification in an FDCPA class action.  The Court of Appeals first expounded on whether there was a substantial federal question, because the FDCPA claim was grounded in a violation of state law --… Read More

In Provo v. Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, 2015 WL 3648845, at *2-3 (S.D.Cal.,2015), Judge Miller granted in part and denied in part a debt collector's motion to dismiss an FDCPA plaintiff's claim based on collection of a medical debt. Judge Miller found that the letter did not unlawfully seek to collect prejudgment interest without a judgment. Plaintiffs contend that a debt… Read More

In Smith v. Law Offices of Patenaude & Felix, A.P.C., 2014 WL 3695473 (S.D.Cal. 2014), Judge Hayes found that a debtor must plead by clear and convincing evidence that the debtor did not receive a debt validation letter from the debt collector. Congress enacted the FDCPA to “eliminate the recurring problem of debt collectors dunning the wrong person or attempting… 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