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Supreme Court Concludes That Debt Purchasers Attempting to Collect on Purchased Debt Are Not

In a unanimous 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled this morning that "individual[s] and entities who regularly purchase debts originated by someone else and then seek to collect those debts for their own account" are not a "debt collector" under the FDCPA. 

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HAVE NY EMPLOYEES? NY PAID FAMILY LEAVE LAW GOES LIVE JAN. 2018, PAY DEDUCTIONS TO BEGIN JULY 1, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers must extend paid family leave to employees in the State of New York for certain covered events. You are probably already internally discussing how the new law will affect your HR, payroll, and operational practices. As always, Sessions is here to help navigate these new legal requirements and confront any compliance issues you may be facing. Here are some introductory FAQs for the new law:

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It Is Time To Think Twice Before Trying To Collect Time-Barred Debt.

The Seventh Circuit has raised the bar yet again for any debt collector trying to collect a debt that may be time-barred.

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BREAKING NEWS: DOL Overtime Rule Blocked

In an eleventh-hour decision, a Texas federal judge has temporarily blocked the Department of Labor's (DOL) Final Rule increasing the minimum salary for exempt (salaried) employees from $26,660/year to $47,476/year. Read more

Wake Up Call! CFPB's Dream is a Debt Collector's Nightmare.

On July 28, 2016, the CFPB released its Outline for Proposals Under Consideration for Debt Collector Rules.  The "outline" is 117 pages of CFPB dreams for the debt collection industry.  If those dreams come true, debt collectors (and their clients) are in for some real implementation nightmares.

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Sessions Honored for Unparalleled Client Relationships in 2016 Rankings

Clients recognize Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel for its unparalleled client relationships in the BTI Power Rankings 2016: The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships. Read more

DOL Final Rule: What About Bonuses & Commissions?

We've received a number of calls and emails asking 3 main questions:

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BREAKING NEWS: DOL Doubles the Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees

Yesterday, the White House announced a Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule increasing the minimum salary for exempt (salaried) employees to $47,476, effective December 1, 2016. The current minimum salary threshold for exempt employees is $23,660 annually ($455/week).

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U.S. Supreme Court calls into question federal jurisdiction over harmless statutory violations.

On May 16, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion casting doubt on the continued viability of the long-held assumption that federal courts have jurisdiction whenever a consumer alleges the defendant violated a federal consumer law statute, no matter how minor or technical the violation.

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Personal Liability under the TCPA: The Dangers of Being the Boss

With little regard for general corporation protections, several courts have ruled employees and officers may be personally liable for TCPA violations.

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