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Notices re DT Credit Class Action Settlement

May 8, 2010

Our firm, along with the Trueblood Law Firm, recently received preliminary approval of a class action settlement against DT Credit Corporation. In the lawsuit, plaintiff alleged that she and other Californians received a notice from DT Credit following the repossession of their cars that did not properly inform them of their rights under California law. California law requires finance companies to provide fully compliant notices of intent to dispose of cars (NOIs) following a repossession. If not, the consumer does not owe any deficiency balance (the amount remaining on the contract after sale of the vehicle).

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Mistake of Law – No Defense to An FDCPA Claim

April 22, 2010

We previously reported on Jerman v. Carlisle, a case that presented the issue of whether a debt collector can avoid liability for mistakes of law under the “bona fide error” defense of the federal FDCPA, which can shield debt collectors from liability for unintentional violations in certain instances. On April 21, 2010, the Court held…

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Get More Info About Used Cars

April 7, 2010

Great news for consumers buying used cars. California recently became one of 31 states now making vehicle title history and brand information available to its residents through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a database that tracks vehicles across state lines and is used by law enforcement and motor vehicle agencies. You can…

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State Law Cannot Bar Class Action In Federal Court

March 31, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a New York procedural law barring class actions for certain claims is not applicable in federal court. Read the opinion here. It is a very important ruling to consumers, establishing that state law cannot be used to prohibit a class action in federal court.

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