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Docket: Consumer and Utilities


Case Name: Sheriff v. Gillie

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 15-338

Decided: 5/16/2016

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Case Result: The Court reversed the appeals court decision, finding that a law firm's debt collection letter on attorney general letterhead was not deceptive when issued on behalf of, and with permission from, the attorney general. 

Case Name: Henson v. Santander Consumer U.S.A.

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 4th Cir.    Docket: 15-1187

Decided: 3/23/2016

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Case Result: Dismissal of class action lawsuit affirmed where the debts being collected were included in a large portfolio of debts purchased by Santander for servicing, including debts that were not delinquent when they were purchased. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not apply to creditors who own loans purchased for servicing because their primary business is not debt collection.

Case Name: Torres v. SGE Management

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.  Docket: 14-20128

Decided: 3/12/2016

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Case Result:  Petition for en banc review granted

Case Name: ACA Int'l v. FCC

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir. Docket: 15-1211

Filed: 01/22/2016

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Case Issue: Did the FCC impermissibly expand its authority to implement the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TPCA). The TCPA applies to any prerecorded message delivered by an autodialer that has the capacity to store and make calls to consumers without human intervention; the TCPA does not allow calls to cell phone numbers that have been reassigned to a new user (after the first call), and; consumers have the right to revoke, by any reasonable means, consent to receive prerecorded messages delivered by autodialers?

Case Name: Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 14-857

Decided: 1/20/2016

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Case Result: An unaccepted settlement offer or offer of judgment made pursuant to F.R.C.P. 68 does not moot a plaintiff's case.

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.