Author: Eric Epstein

Eric Epstein

Eric has over 10 years of litigation experience. He has first-chaired trials in federal and state courts. Eric also serves as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University School of Law, where he teaches legal writing and oral advocacy.

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11th Circuit Rules on Article III Standing in FACTA Cases

On October 3, 2018, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a significant decision in a class action case regarding a plaintiff’s standing to sue for alleged violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). See Muransky v. Godiva Chocolatier, Inc., No. 16-16486, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 27980 (11th Cir. Oct. 3, 2018). FACTA is a 2003 amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act...

District Court Holds Consumer May Sue U.S. Governmental Entity for Money Damages under FCRA

On February 7, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan denied a motion by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the USDA seeking money damages for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). In moving to dismiss, the USDA argued that the FCRA claim was barred by federal sovereign immunity. However, the court rejected that argument, holding that the U.S. Government had waived its sovereign immunity from actions seeking monetary relief for FCRA violations. As a result, the court held, it had subject matter jurisdiction over the FCRA claim. See Jones v. United States Dep’t of Agric., No. 17-11530, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19886 (E.D. Mich. Feb. 7, 2018).

Federal Court Orders Loan Servicer to Comply with CFPB’s CID Investigating Potential UDAAP and FCRA Violations

On February 28, 2018, a Pennsylvania federal district court granted a petition by the CFPB to enforce a CID against a student loan servicer to investigate potential Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices or violations of FCRA in CFPB v. Heartland Campus Solutions, ECSI. The court applied the Supreme Court’s Morton Salt test applicable to investigative demands, and ruled in the CFPB’s favor, marking a court victory for the Mulvaney-led CFPB in investigative efforts to enforce a CID against the loan servicer.

Update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Inclusive Communities Decision

As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 2507 (2015) adopted a burden-shifting approach to assessing claims that housing policies cause disparate impact on minority populations in violation of the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) (42 U.S.C. § 3601). By adopting that approach, the Court confirmed the availability of this form of lawsuit against government entities that implement housing policies.