District of Maryland Sanctions Plaintiff and Her Counsel for Abuse of FDCPA and FCRA

Last week, insideARM wrote about an Eastern District of New York case where a judge called out the abuses of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by plaintiffs and their counsel. It looks like the District of Maryland joins in on doing the same, this time with a suit that claims an FDCPA and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violation.

In Miller v. Trident Asset Mgmt., No. 18-CV-2538 (D. Md. Dec. 4, 2019), the court granted the defendant's motion for sanctions, holding plaintiff and her counsel jointly and severally liable. To translate the legalese: When parties are held jointly and severally liable, it means they are both on the hook for the whole amount. The person to whom the amount is owed may go after either or both parties for the full amount, but cannot recover more than the full amount.


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