Eastern District of New York Dismisses Six Hunstein Copy-Cat Cases; Questions Hunstein’s Viability After TransUnion

Almost immediately after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals published its decision in Hunstein vs. Preferred Collection & Management Services, Inc, 994 F.3d 1341 (11th Cir. 2021), opportunistic attorneys began filing copy-cat cases nationwide. Suddenly, overnight, the well-known and long-accepted practice of sending data to a letter vendor for printing morphed from a non-issue into the most egregious of consumer harms. Certain wily attorneys collectively gasped, clutched their pearls, and started serial filing lawsuits to right this newly discovered wrong.


Well- it seems the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) has had enough. On July 23, 2021, Judge Gary Brown in the EDNY issued a memorandum and order dismissing six Hunstein copy-cat cases. Like all Hunstein copy-cat cases, the lawsuits alleged debt collectors violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) by providing data to mailing vendors.

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