CFPB v. WWR Debt Collection Law Firm Suit Goes to Trial

Just about a year ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit against the law firm of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co, L.P.A. (WWR) alleging that the firm deceived consumers with misleading calls and letters. The fundamental issue is the fact that there is no formal definition of “meaningful review” of lawsuit documentation – 30 seconds? 5 minutes? 2 hours? This issue is now going to trial.

Background

The CFPB’s lawsuit accuses WWR of falsely representing in millions of collection letters sent to consumers that attorneys were involved in collecting the debt. The Bureau argues that a “letter sent on law firm letterhead, standing alone, represents a level of attorney involvement to the debtor receiving the letter” and that consumers receiving these collection letters “may reasonably believe that an attorney has reviewed his file and has determined that he is a candidate for legal action.”

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