Consumer Bankruptcy Journal

Stay Informed! Read NACBA’s Washington Update

Check out the latest update from Washington, designed to keep NACBA members informed about significant and relevant activity on the part of Congress, regulatory agencies and interest groups/think tanks.

On The Hill Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Al Franken (D-MN) sat down to discuss CFPB’s arbitration rule in a Facebook video published on Senator Warren’s page. View the video to hear the advice they provide on what viewers can do to stop Congress from “selling out to the big banks”.

In The Agencies The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Education’s (ED) appeal asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to vacate a preliminary injunction entered by the Court of Federal Claims that bars the ED from assigning defaulted student loans to certain small business private collection agency contractors and other contractors.  The injunction was issued in a lawsuit filed by companies challenging ED decisions not to award or continue contracts with such companies to collect student loans. The CFPB argues that by preventing the ED from assigning debt collectors to defaulted loans, the preliminary injunction impedes or prevents borrowers from managing their federal student loan debt.

More on CFPB. On August 25, 2017 CFPB issued the 2017 HMDA Final Rule that amends Regulation C to implement amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act made by section 1094 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). CFPB added several new reporting requirements, clarified existing requirements and modified institutional and transactional coverage of Regulation C. The final rule also provides extensive guidance regarding compliance with both the existing and new requirements.

The Trump administration has selected Julian Schmoke Jr. to serve as the Department of Education’s new chief enforcement officer. Schmoke is a former for-profit college official who previously directed campus operations at West Georgia Technical College and served as a dean at DeVry University. He will lead the Department’s unit that polices fraud in higher education. Specifically, Schmoke will lead the Student Aid Enforcement Unit established by the Obama administration to more aggressively combat fraud and deceptive practices at colleges and universities. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Dick Durbin (D-Il) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wrote a letter to Secretary DeVos urging that the person selected must “have relevant experience in consumer protection or litigation, managing attorneys, and conducting investigations with the highest ethical standards.” The unit Schmoke will oversee is also responsible for processing debt relief claims filed by federal student loan borrowers who say they’ve been defrauded by their college.

OTHER It is being reported that in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, about 80% of homeowners in the areas devastated by the hurricane lack flood insurance. This leaves many who escaped the storm with little financial help to rebuild their homes and lives. The Washington Post reports that only 17 percent of homeowners in the eight counties most directly affected by Harvey have flood insurance policies that cover up to $250,000 in rebuilding costs and $100,000 to replace personal belongings such as TVs and furniture. Losing a home without insurance compensation is financially devastating. A total loss could delay retirement or force people into bankruptcy.

Wells Fargo is now revealing it has found a total of up to 3.5 million potentially fake bank and credit card accounts, up from its earlier tally of approximately 2.1 million. The additional fake accounts were discovered by a previously-announced analysis that went back to January 2009 and that reviewed the original May 2011 to mid-2015 period. Moreover, Wells Fargo also revealed that thousands of customers were enrolled in online bill pay without their authorization. The review found 528,000 potentially unauthorized online bill pay enrollments.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/29

Check Out Today’s Headlines…

From the Web: CFPB Expected to ‘Scale Back’ Rule on Small-Dollar Lending

Another U.S. District Court Rules Human Call Initiator is Not an ATDS

Court Dismisses CFPB Lawsuit Due to Willful Failure to Participate in Discovery and Obey Court Orders

Advocates File Amicus Brief To Defend Consumers Against Capital One Overdraft Fee Practice

CFPB Releases Misleading Report On Social Security Deferral Strategies

A Law Firm ‘Cleverly’ Used Ellipses to Fight a CFPB Investigation. But It Still Lost.

Debt Collector Not Liable Under The TCPA For Post-Revocation Calls Made On Behalf Of A Different Creditor

Debt collector accused of violating phone privacy law

Ohio Number One For Student Loan Debt

If anti-consumer bank law is passed, more Wells Fargo-like scandals are coming

Consumer Credit: Privilege Or Entitlement?

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Andrew Carroll gives an insight into a rather complicated matter in his article,” The Preemption of State Court Claims Based on Frivolous Bankruptcy Actions: When the Overwhelming Weight of the Authority Isn’t Enough,” in today’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal highlight.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/28

Fresh Headlines for a New Week…

Clark v. Rameker Does Not Limit State IRA Exemption

Consumer Litigation Cases Decline Under FCRA, FDCPA, and TCPA

From the Web: Survey Shows Most Consumers Lag in Checking Credit Report

Circuit Court: Disallowed Portion of State’s DSO Claim Not Subject to the Discharge Injunction

Chapter 13 Debtor May Confirmed Plan to Surrender Collateral and Reclassify Claim as Unsecured

CFPB Could Scale Back Payday Lending Rule To Get It Done

Wells Fargo wants court to toss overdraft lawsuits and let it use arbitration

CFPB Issues Temporary Amendment to HMDA Rule Reporting Threshold

Trustee’s Motion to Dismiss Chapter 7 Case for Bad Faith was Untimely and Moot when filed 4 Months After Debtor Received Discharge

CFPB’s New Regulatory Inquiry Process: Ask And Ye Shall Receive?

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Partial Consent Revocation under the TCPA

CFPB releases state-level data on student debt impact on older borrowers

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Take an in-depth look at, “The Bankruptcy Crisis in Chicago,” with authors, Steven Fox and J. Scott Bovits in today’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal highlight.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/25

Let’s Wrap Up the Week…

New Law Outlines Requirements for Debt Buyers in Oregon

OCC Rejects ‘Tactics and Goals’ of Operation Choke Point

CFPB Director’s Op-Ed ‘Disregards’ Facts on Effects of Arbitration Rule

‘White Lies’ Can’t Prevent Debtor’s Bankruptcy Discharge

Group sues Lowell court over debt collection practices

CFPB Calls for Court to Stop Order Against DOE’s Collection on Defaulted Loans

Damages for Copyright Violation Can’t Be Wiped Out in Bankruptcy

DC Cir. Confirms Mediation Not Required Prior to Judicial Foreclosure

Long Arms of the CFPB Don’t Exclude Healthcare Providers

CFPB Sides with ED in RFP Litigation and the Court’s Preliminary Injunction Prohibiting New Placements

American Express Settles With CFPB on Discriminatory Card Terms

Regulators, consumers target student debt servicer Navient

Ferguson VS Navient

Read the Transcript for Ferguson vs Navient. This is a new area of law dealing with those types of student loans that are not automatically excepted from discharge. It shows that debtors who went through bankruptcy years ago with dischargeable student loans and have been hounded into repaying these discharged loans have a remedy for relief and punitive sanctions.  Submitted by Austin Smith.

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It’s a new month and that means when you renew your membership in July you are automatically entered to win a copy of NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice Volume I & II, Eleventh Edition (Value $130). Two winners will be selected at random each month.

Hot Off the Press! Read the Summer Edition of the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal!

We have a special President’s Report in this quarter’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal. NACBA’s President Jim Haller had the pleasure of honoring several distinguished members of NACBA at the 25th Annual Convention. Each year we honor members and key allies for their extraordinary service. Take a moment to review the President’s Report and the awards that were given to our incredible recipients!

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/24

Check Out What’s Happening in the News…

Court to Hear Wells Fargo’s Bid to Block 49-State Overdraft Fee Class Action

California District Court Dismisses FDCPA Claim Over a Potential Convenience Fee for Lack of Article III Standing Under Spokeo

TCPA Student Loan Calls Case Dismissed – Court Determines TCPA Exception Applied

District Court: Bankruptcy Discharge did Not render Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable in FCRA Case

District Court Finds that Bankruptcy Court Could exercise its Civil Contempt Power under 11 U.S.C. §105(a) to remedy Violations of Discharge Injunction by City and School District

Student Loan Company Accused of Mismanaging Debt Forgiveness Program

American Express to pay $96 million over discriminatory card terms

JPMorgan, debt collector agrees to $4.3 mln settlement

Eleventh Circuit Moves Toward Bright Line Rule That Debtors Cannot Retain Real Property Post- Discharge Without Reaffirming the Mortgage Debt

Ferguson VS Navient

Read the Transcript for Ferguson vs Navient. This is a new area of law dealing with those types of student loans that are not automatically excepted from discharge. It shows that debtors who went through bankruptcy years ago with dischargeable student loans and have been hounded into repaying these discharged loans have a remedy for relief and punitive sanctions.  Submitted by Austin Smith.

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Hot Off the Press! Read the Summer Edition of the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal!

As a member of NACBA, we know that one of the most valued membership benefits is the ability to correspond with your colleagues. NACBA’s online community, NACBA Connect enables you to join discussions, post questions and interact with your peers on a daily basis if you choose. Gene Melchionne’s article, “The Listserv is Dead! Long Live the Listserv,” gives you advice on how to get the most out of NACBA’s Online Community environment with clear and concise steps that will get you linked to your peers.

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/23

Midweek Headlines…

Older Americans Have More Student Debt Than Ever, Face ‘Overly Complex’ Loan Servicing System

Anticipated Discretionary Bonus Not Property of Estate

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren Seeks Financial CEOs’ Stance on CFPB Mandatory Arbitration Rule

Operation Choke Point Is Over – Perhaps

CFPB and AGs Settle Claims Against Loan Purchaser

Unlisted Creditor Could File Complaint under §523(a)(3)(B) at Any Time, but Not a Complaint Under §727

Where prospects carry the most student loan debt

Why 4 in 10 Americans Could Soon Get a Credit Boost

ACA Financial Hardship Exemption Requirements

Ferguson VS Navient

Read the Transcript for Ferguson vs Navient. This is a new area of law dealing with those types of student loans that are not automatically excepted from discharge. It shows that debtors who went through bankruptcy years ago with dischargeable student loans and have been hounded into repaying these discharged loans have a remedy for relief and punitive sanctions.  Submitted by Austin Smith.

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Cost: NACBA Member Benefit, No Cost
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Renew Your Membership  For a Chance to Win This Great Resource!

It’s a new month and that means when you renew your membership in July you are automatically entered to win a copy of NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice Volume I & II, Eleventh Edition (Value $130). Two winners will be selected at random each month.

Hot Off the Press! Read the Summer Edition of the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal!

Take a moment to read an article that any Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney would be interested in, “The United States Consumer Law, Attorney Fee Survey Report,” in today’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal highlight.

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Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!

NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!

 

Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/22

We Find Headlines for You…

Fed Reports Record High for Consumers’ Household Income Growth Expectations

District Court Holds 1099-C Language Not in Violation of FDCPA or ICAA

When the Stay Terminates, it Ceases to Protect the Repeat-filing Debtor and all of that Debtor’s Property, including Property of the Estate

Spokeo Update: Ninth Circuit Holds that Plaintiff Adequately Alleged Article III Standing

CFPB Unveils New Form For Requesting Guidance

Feds Investigating Wells Fargo Sudden Account Closures

Lawyers Must Face Debt Collection Lawsuit, Appeals Court Says

What Prepaid Card Rules Did On Their Summer Vacation

ED NY Holds ‘Door Knocker’ Notice Did Not Violate FDCPA, But ‘Hello Letter’ May Have

Settlement wipes away student loan debt for 41,000

Bank of America to Pay $6 Million to Bankrupt Couple Evicted From Home

Ferguson VS Navient

Read the Transcript for Ferguson vs Navient. This is a new area of law dealing with those types of student loans that are not automatically excepted from discharge. It shows that debtors who went through bankruptcy years ago with dischargeable student loans and have been hounded into repaying these discharged loans have a remedy for relief and punitive sanctions.  Submitted by Austin Smith.

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LinkedIn for Lawyers: 10 Steps to Unlock the Power of Social Media
Date: Thursday, August 24th, 3:00 PM Eastern to 4:00 PM Eastern
Presented by: Stephen Fairley, Founder and CEO of The Rainmaker Institute
Cost: NACBA Member Benefit, No Cost
Register: HERE

Renew Your Membership  For a Chance to Win This Great Resource!

It’s a new month and that means when you renew your membership in July you are automatically entered to win a copy of NCLC Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice Volume I & II, Eleventh Edition (Value $130). Two winners will be selected at random each month.

Hot Off the Press! Read the Summer Edition of the Consumer Bankruptcy Journal!

The weekend is a perfect time to read the comprehensive compilation of, “Cases in Review,” brought to you by the National Consumer Bankruptcy Rights Center and Consumer Bankruptcy Abstract and Research in today’s Consumer Bankruptcy Journal highlight.

Exciting Upcoming Events!

Save the Date for the 2018 NACBA Annual Convention on April 19-22 at the Sheraton in Downtown Denver!

NACBA 2018 Cruise! Get ready to set sail on the Empress of the Sea on November 29th-December 3rd 2018! Visit Havana, Cuba and Nassau, Bahamas while learning with NACBA! Registration is open!