CFPB Doesn’t Owe Law Firm $1.2M Attys’ Fees In Debt Suit

Law360 (October 22, 2018, 5:47 PM EDT) -- An Ohio federal judge on Monday refused to force the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to pay about $1.2 million in attorneys’ fees to a law firm despite the agency’s loss at trial in a debt collection lawsuit, finding the litigation had not been brought in bad faith.

Judge Donald Nugent rejected Weltman Weinberg & Reis Co. LPA’s request that the CFPB pay its legal bills after the agency failed to prove in July that the law firm misled consumers with debt collection letters. The judge’s order found “no indication” that the agency’s lawsuit against the law firm was meritless, improper or...

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