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In Sykes v. Mel S. Harris and Associates LLC, --- F.3d ----, 2015 WL 525904 (2d Cir. 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit certified a class against a debt collector who purported to operate a mill that resulted in illegal default judgments in New York City.  These default judgments, in the words of plaintiffs, are the result… Read More

In Aitken v. Debt Management Partners, LLC, 2014 WL 5469876 (C.D.Ill. 2014), Magistrate Judge Hawley discussed the ‘sliding-scale’ applicable to determining recovery of emotional distress, and found that Plaintiff had created a triable issue of fact to defeat summary judgment. There was much else to this opinion on the parties’ motions and positions about various purported violations of the FDCPA, but… Read More

In Alonso v. Blackstone Financial Group LLC, 2013 WL 3992122 (E.D.Cal. 2013), Magistrate Judge Boone found that payment of an otherwise legally owed obligation that was collected on by a means prohibited by the FDCPA was a “damage” under the FDCPA. Following the July 24, 2013 hearing, the parties were granted leave to file supplemental briefing regarding whether the $100… Read More

In Guajardo v. GC Services, LP, 2012 WL 5419505 (5th Cir. 2012), the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reversed a $120,000 FDCPA jury verdict, and issued a remittur in the amount of $4,500.  Plaintiff had testified that she was not claiming compensation for time off of work, out-of-pocket expenses, or mental anguish. The district court denied GC's motion. … Read More

In Roots v. American Marine Liquidators, Inc., 2012 WL 3136462 (D.S.C. 2012), Judge Anderson entered a default judgment against a marine financer for debt collection tactics employed in the collection of a debt secured by a boat. American Marine Liquidators, Inc. was found to be in default in this action on May 31, 2012 [Doc. 9];    American Marine Liquidators, Inc.,… Read More

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In Bailey v. Household Finance Corp. of California, 2010 WL 4569950 (S.D.Cal. 2010), Judge Hayes found that a Plaintiff stated a tort claim arising from defendant’s recording of their collection communications, explaining:   Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated California's Invasion of Privacy Act, California Penal Code § 630, et seq. by using “a software system that enables [Defendants] to secretly… Read More

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California entered default judgments against two debt collectors in separate cases, reaching the same conclusion on different facts as to sums recoverable on default for emotional distress under the FDCPA.  In Molina v. Creditors Specialty Services, Inc. 2010 WL 235042 (E.D. Cal. 2010), the District Court entered a default judgment against… Read More

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