Current Events in Consumer Law

Learn about the issues consumers face when dealing with vehicle repossession, unfair debt collection practices, credit reporting privacy and accuracy, and unwanted calls and texts to cell phones by telemarketers, collectors, and banks.                                                                                        

American Flag Apr 26, 2017
Uncle Sam Contracts Private Collectors to Collect Unpaid Taxes A recent NBC News article reported that the federal government has contracted out the collection of unpaid income tax with four private…
Students Feb 27, 2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently filed suit against Navient, the nation's largest student loan servicer, and Pioneer Credit Recovery, its collection arm, for systematically…
Win for Class Against Debt Collector AllianceOne Jan 25, 2017
On January 19, 2017, a federal judge in Philadelphia denied an attempt by debt collector AllianceOne Receivables Management, Inc. to dismiss the class action complaint filed by Flitter Milz client…
Person holding cell phone Jan 17, 2017
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently advised that text messages sent by auto-dialers ("robotexts") are prohibited under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Consumers who…
Wallet Jan 10, 2017
Credit scores and credit reporting are critical to a consumer’s financial personality. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has penalized TransUnion and Equifax for misleading the public…
Nov 22, 2016
Cary Flitter is quoted in the Legal Intelligencer's story about a lawyer at Pepper Hamilton, one of Philadelphia's oldest and most prestigious law firms, that used law firm letterhead to address a…
Nov 22, 2016
"The next time someone asks you for your cellphone number, you may want to think twice about giving it." Check out this New York Times article that explores how cellphone numbers are increasingly…
Cell Phone Sep 14, 2016
Consumers on the receiving end of debt collection calls may soon have more protections under proposed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules unveiled Thursday. Roughly 1 in 3 consumers has been…
Parking lot Sep 14, 2016
A Michigan-based credit union who repossessed an Army private’s car while he was away at military training is now facing a federal lawsuit from the Department of Justice. DOJ officials filed the…
Man on phone Sep 14, 2016
In an ongoing attempt to "ride herd" on robo calls, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week implemented a cap on the number of unwanted debt collector robo calls that can be made to…

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