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In O'Connor v. Diversified Consultants, Inc., 2013 WL 2319342 (E.D.Mo. 2013), Judge Sippel denied class certification in an FDCPA/TCPA case.  Judge Sippel declined to certify an FDCPA ‘overshadowing’ class, finding that individual inquires predominated. However, a debt collector cannot use collection tactics that lead a debtor to believe he does not have any right to challenge the debt. Such a… Read More

In Blair v. CBE Group Inc., 2013 WL 2029155 (S.D.Cal. 2013), Judge Anello rejected a debt collector’s home-run FRCP 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a TCPA class action at the pleadings stage.  First, Judge Anello found that debt collectors such as CBE Group might be subject to the TCPA, and Plaintiff’s Complaint had pleaded enough. Relying on extensive legislative history and… Read More

In Moore v. CCB Credit Services, Inc., 2013 WL 211048 (E.D.Mo. 2013), Judge Sippel found no actionable FDCPA harassment, but held the matter over for trial on the issue of consent and charges for calls under the TCPA.  The District Court found that the number of calls did not amount to actionable harassment: It is undisputed that CCB made 65… Read More

In Martin v. Leading Edge Recovery Solutions, LLC, 2012 WL 3292838 (N.D.Ill. 2012), Judge Lefkow found that a TCPA Plaintiff stated Article III standing under the ‘damages’ pleaded. Defendants argue that “injury in fact” should be equated with “actual damages,” and that plaintiffs' failure to allege actual damages indicates that they lack standing. Leading Edge asserts that plaintiffs must allege… Read More

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