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Moss & Barnett is pleased to present The Debt Collection Drill. The podcast featuring Moss & Barnett Shareholders John Rossman and Mike Poncin providing sage tips for improving collections and compliance.

 

Common Sense Prevails! Seventh Circuit Affirms Consumer was not Harmed by Letter and Dismisses FDCPA case

Debt collectors defending against hyper-technical FDCPA lawsuits by consumer attorneys commonly ask the same question: “How could the consumer possibly have been harmed by this supposed violation of the FDCPA?”  The question is especially poignant when the purported FDCPA violation arises from a collection letter ...

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Validation Notice Lawsuits: Overlooked Ruling from Third Circuit Proves Debt Collectors are Right!

As most debt collectors know, sending any collection notice into Delaware, New Jersey or Pennsylvania (the States with Federal Courts in the Third Circuit) will likely result in an FDCPA class action lawsuit against the debt collector.  Typically these lawsuits assert that the validation language ...

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Should Collectors Change the Validation Notices into PA

Debt collectors face an historic onslaught of FDCPA cases in Pennsylvania (and to a lesser extent New Jersey), all of which allege that statutory language in collection letters which tracks the FDCPA somehow violates the law.  The Courts in these cases take the position that ...

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Federal Courts Hold that Standard Validation Notice Violates FDCPA. Now What?!

Collectors frequently point to contradictory language among the FDCPA and other statutes as proof that standardized debt collection rules are needed in this industry.  However, even in an industry where consumer attorneys frequently make "creative" arguments, it is rare to see a claim that the ...

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New Federal Court of Appeals Rulings Favor Debt Collectors

Debt collectors were given clarity regarding two thorny FDCPA issues recently by decisions issued from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  In the case of Portalatin v. Blatt, the Court held that a consumer was entitled to a single recovery of an FDCPA statutory penalty ...

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New Consumer Strategy for Baiting FDCPA Violations And Use of Text Messages in Debt Collection

Consumers using scripts to bait debt collectors into FDCPA violations is certainly nothing new.  InsideARM has been publishing articles about this issue for years: https://www.insidearm.com/news/00006606-five-signs-that-a-debtor-is-trying-to-ent/ While the practice of consumers baiting collectors into FDCPA violations is well-established, the specific techniques and scripts used continue to change and ...

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