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Increased Industry Attention on RESPA Section 8 Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

On April 2, 2024, a putative class action was brought against a wholesale mortgage lender alleging, among other claims, violations of Section 8(a) of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). Unlike conventional mortgage providers that analyze the borrower’s creditworthiness and then provide the mortgage, wholesale mortgage lenders receive mortgage…

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Third Circuit Rules that Caller Must Use An “Automatic Telephone Dialing System’s” Ability to Produce or Store Telephone Numbers Through Random or Sequential Number Generation to Trigger Potential Liability under the TCPA’s ATDS Provision

On June 14, 2022, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (Third Circuit) issued a significant decision regarding the TCPA’s restrictions in Section 227(b)(1)(A)(iii) on using an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) definition to make calls or texts to cellphones without prior express consent.  In Panzarella v. Navient Solutions, Inc, No….

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District Court Declines to Extend Debt Collector's Reading of TransUnion v. Ramirez Standing Requirements

On April 27, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania certified a class comprised of individuals alleging the Defendants violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).  Plaintiffs allege Defendants violated the FDCPA by sending collections letters encouraging individuals to accept discounted repayment offers before a…

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Second Circuit Disagrees With Third Circuit TCPA Ruling Regarding Unsolicited Advertisements

On January 6, 2021, the Second Circuit issued an order criticizing and declining to adopt a Third Circuit ruling regarding the scope of the term “unsolicited advertisement” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  In Katz v. Focus Forward, LLC, No. 21-1224-cv, the Second Circuit affirmed the judgment of the…

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Supreme Court Reinforces Limits on Federal Court Standing, But Important Questions Remain

On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court decided TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, revisiting some of the Article III standing principles it had set forth in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S. 330 (2016), and addressing their application to Rule 23 class actions.  Keith Levenberg discusses this decision and its…

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Eleventh Circuit Holds Administrative Feasibility is Not a Requirement for Class Certification

On February 2, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a significant decision holding that a putative class representative does not need to establish an administratively feasible method to identify absent class members as a pre-requisite for class certification under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure…

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Louisiana District Court Finds TCPA Robocall Prohibition Unconstitutional Prior to July 2020

On September 28, 2020, Judge Martin C. Feldman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued an important decision that could impact Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation involving alleged robocalls across the United States.  See Creasy v. Charter Commc’ns, Inc., No. 20-cv-1199, 2020 WL…

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11th Circuit Overrules Incentive Award in Class Action Settlement

On September 17, 2020, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit) issued an important decision regarding incentive payments in class-action settlements in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases.  In Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC, Case No. 9:17-cv-80393 (11th Cir. 2020) (Johnson), a TCPA case, the Eleventh Circuit held that…

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Trends in U.S. Paycheck Protection Program Class Actions

Early uncertainty and the initial lapse in appropriations for the U.S. CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) set off a wave of litigation by disgruntled small businesses who have been unable to secure PPP loans.  PPP loans were made available through various lenders to certain COVID-19-affected businesses meeting specific maximum…

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Eleventh Circuit Decertifies TCPA Class on Traceability and Predominance Grounds

On November 15, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit decertified a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class in Cordoba v. DIRECTV, LLC (No. 18-12077, 2019 WL 6044305), finding that the plaintiff could not adequately identify potential class members without resorting to individualized inquiries.  The plaintiff alleged that DIRECTV failed to maintain an…

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Supreme Court Rules that CAFA Does Not Allow Removal By Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants

On May 28, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson, 578 U.S. ___ (2019), holding that third-party counterclaim defendants cannot remove under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), even if the claim satisfies CAFA’s other jurisdictional requirements.  CAFA allows for removal by…

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Ninth Circuit Holds Lender Could Be Vicariously Liable for Debt Collector's Misconduct

On March 22, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in Henderson v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc., 2017 WL 766548 (S.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2017), and remanded the matter back to the Southern District of California to determine if a student loan lender could be vicariously liable for…

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