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New Law Revives Tax Break For Struggling Homeowners

The new budget bill signed into law December 18 revives and extends the qualified principal indebtedness exclusion through 2016, preventing homeowners from incurring large tax bills from short sales and loan modifications, as explained in this article.

Consumer Warranty Law (5th ed Dec. 2015) Now Online

Consumer Warranty Law's Dec. 2015 edition updates the 2010 edition with key changes to Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act rules, and new developments re remedying used car defects, using new car lemon laws, and litigating warranty cases.

Significant FDCPA Decisions Keep Coming!

FDCPA litigation is incredibly active, with new circuit court of appeals decisions constantly being issued, not to mention too many district court decisions to count. NCLC has just uploaded online significant new updates to chapters 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 of Fair Debt Collection (8th ed. Sept. 2014).

Today’s Hottest Consumer Litigation Area?

The last 6 months have witnessed a tidal wave of court decisions and class and individual filings for TCPA statutory damages for robocalls to cellphones, particularly since a July 10 FCC ruling. NCLC has just posted online the definitive TCPA chapter, fully updated, expanded, and reorganized.

<em>Consumer Credit Regulation</em> (2d ed. Nov. 2015) Now Online

The definitive treatise on credit regulation: payday loans, auto finance, credit cards, RTO, and more, plus a new chapter on installment loans─the next predatory lending frontier.

The Most Abusive Way to Sell a Home on Credit?

Land installment contracts are a leader in the field of rip-off mortgages sold to the most vulnerable. A new chapter now online at NCLC's Mortgage Lending explains how the seller keeping title until all payments are made leads to serious abuses and how consumers can obtain relief from those abuses.

The Latest Actions to Limit Forced Arbitration

What you need to know about the new CFPB proposal and seven other new limits on forced arbitration, summarized in this article.

Mortgage Loan Disclosures Totally Revamped, Effective October 3

To comply with TILA and RESPA. lenders must meet entirely new mortgage disclosure requirements starting October 3. This article summarizes the changes and links to sources for more detail.

Federal Mortgage Servicing Requirements Continue to Change

Dramatic changes to and new interpretations of federal mortgage servicing requirements continue into 2015. See this summary for recent highlights.

Key 2015 TCPA Decisions Now Analyzed Online

Collector TCPA compliance is a hot litigation area. Fair Debt Collection now not only updates online the FCC's groundbreaking July 10 ruling, but also key 2015 decisions on what is an autodialer (§, what constitutes prior express consent (§, and how consent can be revoked (§

New Medical Debt Protections

New IRS regulations, AG settlements, and CFPB actions offer key new protections relating to delinquent medical debt. For more details, click here.

Bad News for Debt Collectors

An FCC ruling this summer tightens the screws on collectors calling or texting cell phones, with TCPA minimum damages of $500 per call or text. Limits on wrong number calls or texts, no autodialed calls without consent, and it is now easy to withdraw that consent, as explained in this article.

Effective Dates for 3 Important Rule Changes

July 18, 2015 for new requirements for manufactured home appraisals described in Truth in Lending §

July 20, 2015 for warranty and arbitration rule changes described here

Oct. 3, 2016 for major rule changes on credit offered service members, extending 36% interest rate cap and arbitration ban to far more forms of credit, as described here

Installment Loans: A Growing Form of Predatory Lending

With increased regulation of payday loans, high-cost installment loans are growing fast, as the latest way to target struggling consumers. Read Consumer Credit Regulation online for NCLC's new analysis of each state's regulation of closed-end (Appx. D-1) and also of open-end (Appx E-1) installment loans.

Using Disparate Impact After Supreme Court's Green Light

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 affirmed that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act. For ways to use that theory under the FHA and ECOA, see NCLC's Credit Discrimination §§ 4.3 (proof issues), 6.4.3 (credit scoring), 7.2.1 (redlining), 8.5 (reverse redlining), and 8.6 (credit mark-ups).

New FTC Rules Limit Binding Arbitration, Aid Consumer Warranty Litigation

The FTC has just released important changes to its Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act interpretations and rules. The changes will aid consumer warranty litigation, including support for limiting the enforceability of binding arbitration requirements. All the changes are summarized in this article, with links to more detailed analysis in NCLC’s warranty treatise.

Combined TILA/RESPA Mortgage Rules Delayed Until October 3

As explained here the CFPB has delayed its combined TILA/RESPA rules until October 3. The rules that change disclosure requirements for closed-end mortgage loans are explained in NCLC’s Truth in Lending § 5.11 (9th ed. 2015). See also §§, The rules and CFPB Supplementary Information are found at Appx. B-Addendum (online only).

New Supreme Court Bankruptcy Ruling on Lien Strip Offs

A June Supreme Court decision siding with the majority of courts that limit lien strip offs in chapter 7 cases does not affect a consumer’s ability in chapter 13 cases to strip off mortgage liens, as explained in this article.

Student Loan Servicing

What you need to know about private companies' federal student loan servicing and ways to sue these companies or otherwise get relief if they do not comply with their contracts or regulations. Now available as an all new Chapter 5 in NCLC's Student Loan Law (5th ed. March 2015).

Arbitration Developments on Three Fronts

1. CFPB released its 700 page study and now has statutory authority to prohibit forced arbitration clauses in consumer credit.
2. NCLC has just released a model state statute limiting arbitration while not preempted by FAA
3. Consumer Arbitration Agreements (7th ed. March 2015) updates the scores of important recent court decisions.