Monthly Archives: October 2021

Maurice Wutscher’s Jessica Lesser, Keith Wier to Discuss Consumer Debt Lawsuits at ACA International Fall Forum

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Oct. 29, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Jessica Lesser and Keith Wier will discuss consumer debt lawsuits at the ACA International Fall Forum on Nov. 4 in Chicago.

In their talk, “Debt Defense – A View From The Other Side,” Ms. Lesser and Mr. Wier will give an insider’s perspective into how debt suits are defended by consumer attorneys. Their presentation will include practical tips for collection law firms, ethical considerations, and compliance education.

For more information and to register, click here.

Jessica Lesser is a proven civil trial attorney with expertise in the regulatory framework of consumer finance, lending, and technology. A former managing attorney in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, she has two decades of litigation and regulatory compliance experience and is board certified in consumer and commercial law.

Keith Wier focuses his practice on the defense of individual and class action suits under state and federal consumer statutes, professional liability defense, and compliance issues for members of the collection industry. He has substantial experience defending collection agencies, law firms, debt buyers, and creditors in consumer litigation in Texas and is certified as a specialist in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Webinar: Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Speak on Current Trends in Bankruptcy Litigation

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Oct. 14, 2021 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser will speak on current trends in bankruptcy litigation and how those trends are impacting financial services companies during an RMAI webinar Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 12 pm ET.

The pandemic has brought about significant changes in debt collection and purchasing. In the midst of new regulatory expectations, new consumer protections, and new laws, what does this mean for consumer bankruptcy patterns? Will there be more filings and increased litigation? Mr. Hochheiser will join a panel in exploring these and other key compliance issues.

To register for the Receivables Management Association International webinar, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. He currently serves as chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Brady Hermann Discusses Supreme Court Case Involving Finra Arbitration Awards

Oct. 5, 2021 ­— Maurice Wutscher attorney Brady Hermann shared his opinion in a recent AdvisorHub article regarding federal jurisdiction on petitions to confirm or vacate Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration awards.

On Nov. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving whether a state court may vacate a Finra arbitration panel ruling that has been confirmed by a federal court.

“’This decision by the Supreme Court will determine whether a federal court has jurisdiction over a motion to vacate,’” Mr. Hermann said. “’Brokerages are going to want to be in federal court,’ he said, since state courts are generally less predictable because they are less familiar with arbitration-related statutes.”

Brady Hermann is senior counsel in the Boston and New York offices of Maurice Wutscher LLP. He regularly represents financial services companies including banks, broker-dealers, financial advisors, financial asset buyers and third party debt collectors in individual, class action and regulatory matters. He has successfully represented clients throughout the country against claims for violations of securities laws, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.