May 24, 2017 — Maurice Wutscher partner Donald Maurice is quoted in a Law360 article regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of Midland Funding in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson.
In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is not violated when a debt collector files a proof of claim for a debt subject to the bar of an expired limitations period.
The petition came from the Eleventh Circuit, the only to hold the conduct violates the FDCPA; the theory was rejected by the Fourth, Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Mr. Maurice successfully argued for the creditor in the Fourth Circuit case and as outside counsel to RMA International led a team of attorneys who authored a friend of the court brief on behalf of RMA in support of Midland.
The article, “Justices Stem Tide of Suits Against Stale Debt Collectors,” is available here.