CLE Program

Fee-Shifting in Debt Collection Actions


Available Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Runtime: 4:00:00

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MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA Member : $0.00
MBA New Admittee : $0.00
Non-member : $160.00

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Representing Consumers in the Biggest Part of the Civil Docket

Debt collection matters make up approximately half of all cases in the district and municipal courts in Massachusetts. In 2015, a study showed that nine debt buying entities filed more than 40% of all civil cases in the state. Many debt collection cases brought against consumers present an opportunity to raise counterclaims for violations of federal and state fair debt collection law. In this training, practitioners with experience in bringing these counterclaims will:

  • Outline law under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, M.G.L. c. 93A, and MA state debt collection regulations about counterclaims in debt collection actions
  • Explain fee arrangements in consumer debt collections cases that allow attorneys to represent clients on a fee shifting basis while assuring they will be fairly compensated
  • Demonstrate methods for finding cases and establishing referral pipelines in an area where up to 98% of consumers are unrepresented
  • Show how entities such as the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, the National Center for State Courts, and the Conference of Chief Justices have recognized the need form more lawyers to represent consumers in debt collection matters in order to solve a pressing access to justice need

Sponsoring Sections:

Access to Justice Section
Young Lawyers Division

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