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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.60 -- Defenses -- Statutory Safe Harbor for Bona Fide Errors -- 15 Day Right to Cure

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In Timlick v. Ncb Mgmt. Servs., No. A152467, 2019 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4895 (July 23, 2019), the Court of Appeal in an unpublished decision applied the Rosenthal Act’s cure provision to a type-size violation. Plaintiff argues that section 1788.30(d)'s cure provision does not apply to NCB's type-size violation for the following reasons. First, section 1788.30(d) was repealed when the… Read More

In Timlick v. Nat'l Enter. Sys., No. A154235, 2019 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3198 (May 7, 2019), the California Court of Appeal found that a type-size error was able to be cured under the Rosenthal Act’s safe harbor. While, strictly speaking, the legislative history of the Consumer Collection Notice law has no bearing in discerning the legislative intent of section… Read More

In Romero v. Department Stores National Bank, 2018 WL 1079728, at *1 (C.A.9 (Cal.), 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in an unpublished decision that a TCPA plaintiff had Spokeo standing. The district court erred in concluding that Romero lacked standing under Article III to bring a TCPA claim. The district court did not have the benefit of Van… Read More

In Watkins v. Investment Retrievers, Inc., 2018 WL 558833, at *5–6 (E.D.Cal., 2018), the District Court dismissed a Rosenthal Act case based on the 15-day cure right that was exercised by the debt collector. IRI’s second argument has merit. California Civil Code section 1788.30(d) shields from liability a debt collector who “within 15 days either after discovering a violation which is able… Read More

In Afewerki v. Anaya Law Group, 2017 WL 3567829, at *4–5 (9th Cir. 2017), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a misstatement of the debt in a debt collection complaint was material. We agree and conclude that Anaya Law Group's $3,000 overstatement of the principal due in the state court complaint,2 exacerbated by the statement of an… Read More

On the same day that Judge Kelley issued the Velasquz decision, Judge Doty held the opposite in Carpenter v. RJM Acquisitions, LLC -- F.Supp.2d --, 2011 WL 2148382 (D. Minn. 2011): Carpenter failed to follow the appropriate statutory procedure to dispute the debt. See 15 U.S.C. § 1692g(b) (outlining steps for consumer to dispute debt). If the consumer does not dispute… Read More

In Velazquez v. NCO Financial Systems, Inc., 2011 WL 2135633 (E.D.Pa. 2011), Judge Kelley held that a debtor is not required to first dispute the debt before undertaking legal action:    NCO argues that Velazquez's suit is improperly before us because a plaintiff must invoke the dispute procedures of § 1692(g) prior to taking legal action. In support of its… Read More