Daily Digest – April 12. White House Announces Medical Debt Crackdown; Judge Grants MTD on FDCPA Claims, Denies RICO Claim

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES MEDICAL DEBT CRACKDOWN

  • The White House yesterday outlined an aggressive plan to crack down on “malicious” and “predatory” billing practices related to medical debts, including holding debt collectors “accountable for harmful practices,” while also pledging to have the medical debts forgiven for more than half a million low-income veterans.

JUDGE GRANTS MTD ON FDCPA CLAIMS IN CLASS-ACTION, BUT DENIES RICO CLAIM

  • A District Court judge in Virginia has granted motions to dismiss on claims that defendants in a class-action lawsuit violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, but denied a motion to dismiss that the defendants — a group of debt buyers — and the debt collectors it used to collect on the debts in question formed a RICO enterprise whose purpose was to allegedly collect unlawful debts.

CLASS-ACTION ACCUSES COLLECTOR OF VIOLATING FDCPA BY NOT DETAILING TO WHERE DISPUTES SHOULD BE SENT

  • A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a collection agency for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by having multiple addresses on a collection letter it sent and not explicitly communicating to which address disputes or requests for original creditor information should be sent.

COMMENT PERIOD ON ‘JUNK’ FEES EXPIRES AS STATE AGS CALL FOR END TO CONVENIENCE FEES

  • The comment period on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Request for Information related to what it calls “junk” fees closed yesterday, with more than 25,000 comments filed. Among the comments that were filed on the last day was one from 22 state attorneys general, calling on the CFPB to end convenience fees charged by mortgage servicing operations for taking payments via different channels.

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