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Multiple Debts (15 U.S.C. § 1692h): Federal Statutory Language for the Defense Lawyer of Class Action Lawsuits Under the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)

Class action defense attorneys know that many provisions of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., form the basis of class actions, other provisions do not appear to be controversial. For example, even if a plaintiff’s lawyer has argued a violation of § 1692h, concerning multiple debts, it appears that it has not yet generated any appellate decisions. The statutory language of the FDCPA concerning multiple debts is as follows:

§ 1692h. Multiple debts

If any consumer owes multiple debts and makes any single payment to any debt collector with respect to such debts, such debt collector may not apply such payment to any debt which is disputed by the consumer and, where applicable, shall apply such payment in accordance with the consumer’s directions.