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Mr. Newman is a commercial litigator who defends members of the financial services industry. He regularly represents credit and collection professionals against consumer-protection lawsuits, including class actions.
Mr. Newman uses practical, creative experience to help clients from across the United States prevent and navigate disputes in federal and state trial court, as well as bankruptcy courts and appellate tribunals. He has extensive experience working closely with in-house counsel and financial services providers defending against Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and other consumer-protection claims. He also counsels clients on developing compliance protocols and how to navigate regulatory enforcement actions.
Mr. Newman recently secured a published federal appellate decision in favor of a collection law firm. He also successfully represented several creditors in a fast-paced Chapter 11 filed by a high-profile sporting retailer.
Motion to dismiss granted on consumer’s claim that FDCPA prohibited a collection agency from informing consumer that collection agency may submit a negative credit reporting tradeline to the Credit Reporting Agencies, even though prior collection agency had previously reported a tradeline for the same debt. Court ruled that data furnisher has the right to submit a negative tradeline of its own, regardless of whether another party has previously reported a tradeline for the same obligation.
Appointed as counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. In re: Millerbernd Systems, Inc., Bky. No. 18-41286 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Judgment on the pleadings granted in favor of law firm in FDCPA suit on grounds that statute does not apply to attorneys representing landlords in eviction actions.
FDCPA case premised on proofs of claim filed by debt purchaser in chapter 13 bankruptcy dismissed because Bankruptcy Code, not FDCPA, governs proof-of-claim process.
Represented multiple consignment creditors in a jointly-administered retail distribution Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving seven separate distribution entities across the U.S. and Canada. In re: WYNIT Distribution, LLC, Bky. No. 17-42726 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Represented an owner/landlord of commercial real property leased to a debtor in a big-box retail bankruptcy proceeding. In re: Gander Mountain Co., No. 17-30673 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Obtained affirmance of trial court’s dismissal of consumer’s claim that collection attorney improperly accessed credit report and improperly communicated after receipt of cease request. Scheffler, 791 F.3d 847 (8th Cir. 2015).
Obtained decision dismissing consumer’s claim that collection agent and attorney improperly attempted to enforce judgment through state-court garnishment proceedings.
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