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Law Firm Not a ‘Debt Collector’ Under FDCPA, says Fifth Circuit

/ Owner - January 31, 2019

A law firm not specializing in debt collection activity is not a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it was not “regularly” engaged in debt collection, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The case is Reyes v. Steeg Law.  Plaintiff Nicole Reyes filed a class action lawsuit against Louisiana law firm Steeg Law, L.L.C., alleging FDCPA violations arising out of letters sent by the firm on behalf of the condominium association for the complex where Reyes owned a unit. The letters demanded payment for amounts due to the association within seven days, instead of the 30 days prescribed by the FDCPA. The firm also allegedly continued to communicate with Reyes after learning she was represented by an attorney.     Read the article……………..

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