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On April 5, 2019, in Holzman v. Malcom S. Gerald & Assocs., Inc., 2019 WL 1495642, the Eleventh Circuit held that an express threat of litigation is not required to state a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act so long as an implicit threat can be reasonably inferred from the communication. The plaintiff claimed that a debt buyer and a debt collection law firm violated the FDCPA by (1) sending a collection letter…
In Reyes v. Steeg Law, LLC, 2019 WL 258068, (5th Cir. Jan. 17, 2019), the Fifth Circuit considered whether a law firm was a debt collector under the FDCPA. Under the FDCPA, attorneys qualify as debt collectors when they regularly engage in consumer debt collection, including but not limited to litigation on behalf of a creditor client. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s holding that Steeg Law, which specialized in real estate and condominium…
In Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the Tenth Circuit over whether the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act apply to non-judicial foreclosures. The Tenth Circuit held that a foreclosure attorney was not a debt collector under the FDCPA because the FDCPA does not apply to non-judicial foreclosures, and it rejected the idea that every foreclosure was undertaken in an attempt to collect…
In Hagy v. Demers & Adams, the Sixth Circuit looked to Spokeo, Inc. v. Robbins to hold that not all inaccuracies cause real harm sufficient to confer standing to bring suit under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA). The Hagys took out a loan to purchase a mobile home and some property on which to park it. After they defaulted on the loan, Green Tree Servicing initiated foreclosure proceedings. Mrs. Hagy contacted the law…
Last week, after much anticipation and speculation, the Florida Supreme Court decided Bartram v. U.S. Bank National Association, No. SC14-1265 (Fla. Nov. 3, 2016).  To the relief of lenders, the Court rejected the borrower’s attempt to use Florida’s five-year statute of limitations for mortgage foreclosures to avoid the mortgage on his home based on the bank’s earlier unsuccessful attempt to foreclose.  This decision means that Florida courts will be less likely to find that subsequent…