Creditor Alert: Debt Collectors May Face FDCPA Liability for Filing Stale Bankruptcy Claims

Creditor Alert: Debt Collectors May Face FDCPA Liability for Filing Stale Bankruptcy Claims | Michael L. Moskowitz

We’ve previously covered the interplay between the Bankruptcy Code and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). Recent litigation has focused on debtor challenges to time-barred proofs of claim. This has resulted in conflicting statutory interpretation. In a recent decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that debt collectors, defined as a type of creditor under the FDCPA, may face FDCPA liability for knowingly filing a time-barred proof of claim in a bankruptcy case. Johnson v. Midland Funding, LLC, 2016 WL 2996372 (May 24, 2016).

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