May 28, 2015 — Donald Maurice and Thomas R. Dominczyk will give a webinar on June 18, examining the FDCPA risks of collecting statutory prejudgment interest.
According to a decision earlier this month from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, collecting prejudgment interest in California did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The decision, Diaz v Kubler, rejected the debtor’s contention that interest allowed by a California statute could not be collected unless a judgment was first entered.
While the decision brings clarity when collecting prejudgment interest in California, it does not authorize the collection of prejudgment interest under other state statutes.
Absent a federal law controlling the imposition of statutory interest on a debt, these varying state requirements and conditions mean there is no national standard for the collection of prejudgment interest.
The webinar will examine court decisions from around the nation, explore state statutes and answer questions. For more information and to register, click here.
May 8, 2015 — Donald Maurice will discuss the ethical limits on the delegation of tasks to non-attorney support staff at NARCA’s Spring Collection Conference in Nashville on May 9.
He will be joined by panelists Carol Johnston, NJ Administrative Office of the Courts, San Francisco attorney Tomio Narita and Austin attorney Manuel H. Newburger.
The speakers will discuss the professional ethical requirements for attorneys when delegating tasks to non-attorneys and the use of technology in the practice of law.
May 7, 2015 — Maurice Wutscher’s attorneys have authored articles regarding developments with the TCPA and the FDCPA for the latest issue of The Business Lawyer (Vol. 70, Issue 2).
In “Regulation of Calls Under the TCPA: A Fog of Uncertainty Remains,” Ralph Wutscher, Charles Ochab and Eric Tsai discuss FCC rulings on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and pending petitions before the regulatory commission seeking clarification on what might constitute a TCPA violation.
“Clarification as to what constitutes an ATDS and other issues is still needed, as is demonstrated by the rapid increase in TCPA litigation, the potential uncapped exposure that could threaten and even annihilate a company, and the effect on numerous industries that rely on telecommunications as an integral part of their business,” they write.
Donald Maurice authored the article, “Continued Circuit Conflicts Create Uncertainty Under the FDCPA,” with Birmingham attorney Alan D. Leeth. The article discusses the divergent decisions of the circuit courts on claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the challenges facing the credit and collections industry as a result.
Disagreement among the courts involve expired statutes of limitations, the impact of bankruptcy law on FDCPA claims, and more, according to the authors.
The Business Lawyer is published by the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section.
April 30, 2015 — Donald Maurice will discuss emerging issues in the enforcement of unsecured consumer debt at the Northwest Bankruptcy Institute in Portland, Ore. on May 2. He will speak with representatives from the Office of the U.S. Trustee, the CFPB and the Oregon Department of Justice. The panel will be moderated by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank Alley.
The event is cosponsored by the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section and the Washington State Bar Association Creditor Debtor Rights Section.
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