Daily Digest – July 31. Judge Grants MSJ for Defense Thanks to BFE; Debt Buyer to Forgive $300k After Agreement with Mass. AG

JUDGE GRANTS MSJ FOR DEFENDANT IN FDCPA DISPUTE CASE THANKS TO BFE DEFENSE

  • A District Court judge in Indiana has granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment after it was sued for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it did not catch a debt that was disputed via fax because the collection agency was entitled to the Bona Fide Error defense.

DEBT BUYER TO FORGIVE $300k IN LOANS AFTER AGREEMENT WITH MASS. AG

  • The Attorney General of Massachusetts has reached a settlement with a debt buyer that will see it forgive about $300,000 in unpaid student loans and pay the Commonwealth $70,000 to be used to provide refunds to individuals who were misled by an online education company.

BILL INTRODUCED IN SENATE TO PREVENT ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ COLLECTION OF MEDICAL DEBT DURING PANDEMIC

  • A bill has been introduced in the Senate that would prevent healthcare providers from taking “extraordinary” collection actions for up to 18 months after the bill becomes law as a means of protecting consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

BILL INTRODUCED IN HOUSE THAT WOULD ALLOW FORBEARANCE ON ALL DEBTS

  • A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would put limits on what creditors and debt collectors can do to try and recover unpaid debts when a national emergency has been declared and for a period of 120 days when the declaration is over.

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