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CEB Prac. Guide § 2A.62 -- Defenses -- Litigation Privilege

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In Komarova v. National Credit Acceptance, Inc. 2009 WL 1803263 (2009), the California Court of Appeal held that the litigation privilege does not provide a defense to a Rosenthal Act claim, and applied the “continuing violation” doctrine to allow recovery for violations of the Act that occurred beyond the statute of limitations.    As to the litigation privilege, the Court… Read More

On May 27, 2009, the Consumer Financial Services Law Report published our article entitled, "Does the Litigation Privilege Protect against Suits Filed under California's Rosenthal FDCPA?" at 13 Con. Fin. Serv. L. Rep. 3 (May 27, 2009).   The publisher allowed us to reproduce it here.   Source:  Consumer Financial Services Law Report. Copyright 2009 by LRP Publications, P.O. Box 24668, West Palm Beach,… Read More

In Gerber v. Citigroup, Inc. 2009 WL 248094 (E.D.Cal.2009), District Judge Moulds followed the Southern District's opinion in Sial v. Unifund CCR Partners, 2008 WL 4079281 (S.D.Cal.Aug.28, 2008) (see http://www.calautofinance.com/?p=85), and rejected both the Norr-Pennington doctrine and the litigation privilege as defenses to a Rosenthal Act claim. This court is unpersuaded that the Noerr-Pennington doctrine bars actions under the FDCPA. Rather, this… Read More

In Cassaday v. Union Adjustment Company, Inc. 2008 WL 4773976 (N.D.Cal. 2008), Judge Illston followed the decision in Sial v. Unifund CCR Partners, 2008 WL 4079281, *3-5 (S.D.Cal. Aug.28, 2008) by refusing to apply the Noerr-Pennington doctrine to bar FDCPA claims.  However, Judge Illston did not follow Sial's holding that the litigation privilege does not provide a defense to FDCPA… Read More

After favorable treatment of the Noerr-Pennington Doctrine by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sosa v. DirectTV, 437 F.3d 923, 929 (9th Cir. 2006), many saw analogy to FDCPA claims.  In Sial v. Unifund CCR Partners, 2008 WL 4079281 (S.D.Cal. 2008), Judge Miller refused to apply the defense to litigation-related debt collection conduct.  The Noerr-Pennington doctrine derives… Read More

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