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The FTC and CFPB recently filed an amici curae brief supporting the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois's decision denying defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff Juanita Delgado's Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") claims. The brief was filed in connection with the CFPB's amicus program, which was announced in August 2012. In Delgado v. Capital Management Services, LP, Case No. 13-2030 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2013), Delgado filed a putative class action against a defendant debt collector and its affiliated companies alleging violations of the FDCPA ...

Posted in: CFPB, FDCPA, Illinois

In Jamison v. First Credit Services, Inc., 2013 WL 3872171 (N.D. Ill. July 29, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Plaintiff. Plaintiff's motion asked the court to reconsider its earlier denial of class certification of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") action. Jamison involves an alleged violation of the TCPA after a debt collector, acting on behalf of American Honda Finance Corporation, allegedly called Plaintiff's cellular telephone multiple times without consent. Plaintiff filed a ...

A federal court in Illinois recently denied a motion for class certification of a TCPA claim due to the predominance of individualized issues of proving whether the putative class members had consented to the defendant's phone calls. The case illustrates the point that defining a class to include only those debtors who had not provided their phone numbers to the original creditor in a transaction does not always eliminate the individualized nature of the issue of consent. In the case, Jamison v. First Credit Services, Inc., 2013 WL 1248306 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 28, 2013), the named plaintiff ...

Posted in: Illinois, TCPA

In Webb et al. v. Midland Credit Management, Inc. et al., 2013 WL 1285570 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 27, 2013), the Northern District of Illinois held that a plaintiff cannot state a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") merely by alleging that a debt collector sought to collect a greater amount in a settlement letter than it sought to collect in a subsequent collection lawsuit. Rather, a plaintiff must specifically allege a factual basis for why the "inflated" amount is false, deceptive, or misleading. The plaintiffs in Webb brought a class action lawsuit under the FDCPA ...

Posted in: FDCPA, Illinois

In Florence Mussat, M.D., S.C. v. Global Healthcare Resource, LLC, 2013 WL 1087551 (N.D. Ill. March 13, 2013), the North District Court of Illinois for the Eastern Division granted a Motion for Class Certification for claims relating to alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") violations and state law claims. In February of 2011, Defendant, Global Healthcare Resource, LLC ("GHR") sent a fax to Plaintiff, Florence Mussat, M.D., S.C. ("Mussat"), on behalf of Physician Billing Services ("PBS"), stating that PBS is a subsidiary of GHR that provides medical ...

Posted in: Illinois, TCPA
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