Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

December 11, 2013

Michigan Court Dismisses Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Claim

By Ebube Okoli

The court in deciding Mullins v. Fannie Mae, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150718 (E.D. Mich. 2013) granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss.

The plaintiff brought six causes of action: Count I—Fraudulent Misrepresentation; Count II—Estoppel; Count III—Negligence; Count IV—Violation of the Regulation of Collection Practices Act; Count V—Violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; and Count VI—violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

The court dismissed the plaintiff’s fraud claims because the plaintiff had not provided a signed writing by an authorized representative of Fannie Mae regarding a promise to modify her loan. The court noted that even if she had stated a claim of fraud, her claim must be dismissed.

With regards to the plaintiff’s negligence claims, the court found that Fannie Mae had no duty to review, thus there could be no breach.

Under Michigan law, the Regulation of Collection Practices Act (“RCPA”) governs the collection practices of certain persons. However, after considering the plaintiff’s argument, the court found that the statute did not authorize a claim based upon a plaintiff’s reluctance to dispute the validity of a debt because of the timing of the validation. Citing similar grounds, the court ultimately dismissed the remaining claims.

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