Tag Archives: Debt Collection

Supreme Court Sides With Balch Lawyers and Finds for Midland Funding, Rejecting FDCPA Lawsuits Based on Bankruptcy Proofs of Claim for Out-of-Statute Debts

This week, the United States Supreme Court issued a key decision under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in a case litigated by Balch & Bingham lawyers, Jason Tompkins and Chase Espy. In Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split over the issue of whether debt collectors who file bankruptcy … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Declines to Expand Reach of “Least Sophisticated Consumer” Standard In the Context of Sending Periodic Mortgage Statements Following Bankruptcy Discharge

The Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that sending periodic mortgage statements following a debtor’s bankruptcy discharge is not misleading to the “least sophisticated consumer.” In Helman v. Bank of America, 15-13672, 2017 WL 1350728 (11th Cir. April 12, 2017) Gayle Helman filed suit, alleging that Bank of America violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), … Continue Reading

Citing Spokeo, Eleventh Circuit Rejects Class Action Over Late Mortgage Satisfaction Recordation, Holding Plaintiff Had Not Alleged Concrete Injury-In-Fact Due to Statutory Violation

The Eleventh Circuit recently held in Nicklaw v. CitiMortgage, Inc.(No. 15-14216) that a plaintiff lacks standing to sue a creditor where the plaintiff merely alleges that the creditor failed to timely record a mortgage satisfaction, as it is statutorily required to do, but does not allege any additional concrete injury.… Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit: Failure to provide debtor with FDCPA-required disclosures constitutes injury-in-fact to confer standing

In an unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit applied the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016) and held that a debtor who allegedly did not receive certain disclosures required by the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) suffered an injury-in-fact to her statutorily created right … Continue Reading

Against the Grain: Bankruptcy court allows FDCPA claim to proceed despite res judicata argument

Few issues involving the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) are more hotly contested than whether filing a proof of claim on a time-barred debt violates the FDCPA. In bankruptcy, creditors have a right to file proofs of claim outlining the debt owed to them by the bankrupt debtor. In some instances, the statute of … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit: No arbitration because bank failed to prove existence of arbitration agreement

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit refused to compel arbitration because the defendant financial institution failed to prove that its online deposit agreement actually included an arbitration clause.  This decision reflects the importance of (1) documenting the original agreement (both the actual terms and the assent of the consumer), (2) retaining the documentation, (3) documenting any … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit holds that debt collection letters sent to a consumer’s attorney qualifies as a communication with a consumer under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Following the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Bishop v. Ross Earle & Bonan, P.A., No. 15-12585, creditors and debt collectors should immediately review their practices to ensure that any communication to a debtor or a debtor’s attorney complies with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). This is especially true for FDCPA § 1692g(a)’s requirement that … Continue Reading

11th Circuit Holds that Filing Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt in Bankruptcy Court Violates the FDCPA

In recent years, there has been a growing consensus among the courts that a debt collector’s threat to file suit on a debt otherwise barred by the applicable state statute of limitations violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§1692-1692p (2006). Now that consensus has been extended to proofs of claim in … Continue Reading

11th Circuit Sets Standard for Recovery Of Mental Anguish Damages for Violations of Bankruptcy Automatic Stay.

On May 8, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals decided a question of first impression within the Circuit: whether a debtor may recover “mental anguish” damages for a creditor’s willful violation of the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay provision, 11 U.S.C. §362(k).  In Lodge v. Kondaur Capital Corporation, et al., No. 13-10919 (May 8, 2014), see … Continue Reading

Alabama Supreme Court Clarifies Rules on Foreclosure of Condominium Units

Condominium associations in Alabama have faced considerable confusion regarding the proper procedure for foreclosing on residential units for unpaid assessments.  That confusion stemmed from the existence of two separate statutory foreclosure procedures under the Alabama Code. Alabama Code Section 35-8-17 provides that a condominium association shall have a lien on each unit for unpaid assessments … Continue Reading
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