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New York Creates Own Version of CFPB

The New York Department of Financial Services has created its own state-level consumer protection unit by combining two divisions into one. The newly formed Consumer Protection and Financial Enforcement Division will be run by Katherine Lemire, who was most recently a partner at StoneTurn, a consulting firm. The CPEFD was …

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Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of FDCPA Letter Suit

The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit ruling that a defendant did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by using a registered DBA and referring to itself as “professional debt collectors” in a collection letter that was signed …

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Compliance Digest – April 26

Judge Awards $22k in Plaintiff’s Attorney Fees, Chastises Defense For ‘Aggressive Litigation Tactics’ A District Court judge in Wisconsin has granted a motion for attorney’s fees from the lawyers representing a plaintiff in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act suit after the plaintiff accepted an offer of judgment, awarding $22,333.25. …

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California Legislature Advances Amendments to CCPA

The California state legislature continues to work on changes to the California Consumer Privacy Act, considered to be one of the most onerous consumer protection laws in the country. The state assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee held a hearing earlier this week in which it advanced five different bills …

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Fourth Circuit Rules TCPA Collection Exemption Unconstitutional

An exemption under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that allows for individuals to be contacted on their cell phones using an automated telephone dialing system without first providing consent when collecting on debts that are guaranteed by the federal government is unconstitutional, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. …

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