Courts Continue to Fill in the Gaps on the Interplay of Bankruptcy and the FDCPA

By Chris Hawkins, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (Birmingham, AL)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its debt collection final rule in the Federal Register on November 30, 2020, revamping the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) for the first time since its enactment in 1977. Despite written comments submitted by several industry groups requesting clarity in areas where the FDCPA conflicts with the Bankruptcy Code, the CFPB largely declined to address bankruptcy issues. As a result, the burden will remain on practitioners and the courts . . .

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