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In Reygadas v. DNF Assocs., LLC, No. 19-3167, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 38989 (8th Cir. Dec. 14, 2020), the Court of Appeals held that a debt buyer was subject to the FDCPA. Emphasizing that the Supreme Court in Henson overruled the so-called "default test," DNF argues that the debt buyer is a creditor -- a person "to whom a debt… 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 Dollaga v. Specialized Loan Servicing Llc, No. 20-cv-07472-JSC, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 233610 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 11, 2020), Magistrate Judge Corley remanded a Rosenthal Act claim for wont of federal question jurisdiction. Plaintiff's complaint seeks damages and injunctive relief for: (1) breach of contract; (2) breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing; (3) intentional interference… Read More

In Woodard v. O'Brien, No. 2:18-cv-1523, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 228608 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 4, 2020), Judge Marbley addressed the standards for an ID theft victim to prove an FDCPA claim. When determining if an individual is a "consumer" under the FDCPA, the typical inquiry is to ask whether the debt was for "personal, family, or household purposes." Martin v.… Read More

In Barbosa v. Midland Credit Mgmt., No. 19-1896, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 37174 (1st Cir. Nov. 25, 2020), the First Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed referring a matter to arbitration. A resident of Massachusetts, Barbosa opened a credit card account with Barclays Bank Delaware ("Barclays") in April 2011. The last payment she made on the account was in November 2012.… Read More

In Manikan v. Peters & Freedman, L.L.P., No. 19-55393, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 37176 (9th Cir. Nov. 25, 2020), the 9th Cir. distinguished its Walls decision to allow an FDCPA claim to proceed because the claim did not depend on the issuance or enforcement of the discharge order. P&F contends that Walls categorically bars a discharged debtor's FDCPA claims brought against… Read More

In Elbert v. RoundPoint Mortg. Servicing Corp., No. 20-cv-00250-MMC, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 221611 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 25, 2020), Judge Chesney allowed a Rosenthal Act claim to proceed against a mortgage servicer based on charges assessed when the consumer made payments by telephone. As noted, a violation of the FDCPA constitutes a violation of the Rosenthal Act as well. See… Read More

In Mercedes v. Nat'l Bus. Factors, No. 19-16055, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 35037, at *2-3 (9th Cir. Nov. 5, 2020), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a debt collector does not discharge its FDCPA obligations and trigger the bona fide error defense by requiring its creditor/clients to give accurate information. In this appeal, we consider whether… Read More

In Rogoff v. Nat'l Credit Sys., No. 2:19-cv-01131-APG-NJK, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204753, at *7-8 (D. Nev. Nov. 2, 2020), Judge Gordon denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings to a debt collector collecting apartment rent. Viewing the facts alleged in the light most favorable to Rogoff, the complaint adequately alleges a false representation of the amount of the… Read More

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