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Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance

Marshall Dennehey's Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance Practice Group represents financial institutions, creditors, debt collectors, debt servicers, debt buyers, auto finance companies, student lenders and servicers, telecommunication providers, collection attorneys,  mortgage lenders and credit reporting agencies.  We are on the front lines representing our clients in claims brought by the increasingly sophisticated consumer plaintiffs’ bars in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Florida and the District of Columbia. 

Among the many services our group provides are:

  • Defense of individual and class action lawsuits arising from claims under the FCRA, FDCPA, TCPA, ECOA, EFTA and state consumer statutes;   
  • Representation in administrative investigations, as well as compliance and enforcement matters involving state agencies and other regulatory authorities;
  • Compliance counsel and support services to minimize lawsuits and to mitigate loss. This includes advising clients on managing compliance under the CFPB.


We offer cost-effective, intelligent and pragmatic representation of our clients.   While we aggressively defend claims in litigation, we understand that the most critical component of litigation is an open line of communication with our clients.  We never lose sight of our client's goals and strive to meet your expectations with focused attention arising from our extensive knowledge of the law.  Our primary focus is to empower you to make informed decisions about your exposures and to develop an appropriate defense strategy.  

Our attorneys maintain active memberships in industry-leading organizations and keep abreast of the ever-changing regulatory environment impacting our clients. Because federal and state consumer laws are ever-evolving, you can feel confident that Marshall Dennehey's Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance Practice Group is on the cutting edge of emerging trends in case law, litigation and defense.

Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a dismissal with prejudice on behalf of a bank in a Florida trial court for lack of personal jurisdiction, and also obtained a per curiam affirmance by the Fifth District Court of Appeals. The plaintiff, a Florida corporation, alleged...
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in favor of our client, a large mortgage lender, in a complex mortgage foreclosure proceeding in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The borrower challenged our client's standing to foreclose, arguing that it could not prove...
Sep 29, 2014
Participated on appellate team of attorneys and successfully obtained an opinion from the Court of Appeals of Maryland that will prove beneficial for all debt buyers who utilize litigation as a means of debt collection. Our client, a third-party...
Sep 12, 2013
Obtained summary judgment in a case involving a woman who booked a trip to Egypt through a travel agency with the client, an international tour operator. During an optional excursion to an Egyptian tour guide's family cave, the woman was injured...
Sep 1, 2012
We successfully short-circuited a putative class action in a claim brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Plaintiff alleged willful violations of FCRA due to inclusion of plaintiff's sealed criminal history records in a background...
May 31, 2011
Attorney obtained a dismissal of all claims against a law firm, brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Plaintiff alleged fraud, and harassment because he received the summons for a foreclosure complaint addressed to, and intended for...
Mar 14, 2011
Attorneys obtained a defense verdict after a nearly three week long non-jury trial.  Plaintiffs are a married couple who were sold several whole life insurance policies by our client in the 1990's on their lives and the lives of their three minor...
Dec 1, 2008
Attorneys obtained a dismissal in a legal malpractice action brought against a collection law firm wherein the plaintiffs alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §1692, et seq., and improper filing of a Notice of...
Jan 23, 2008
Attorneys obtained dismissal of a case wherein the plaintiff, an executor of the estate for his deceased father, filed a Complaint alleging that defendant, an attorney for a condominium association, had violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices...
Jan 23, 2008
Attorney obtained summary judgment on behalf of a debt collection law firm and four of its attorneys. Plaintiff alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Pennsylvania Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act and the Unfair Trade...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2014
By Andrew M. Schwartz, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey's Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Practice Group is devoted to handling all litigation and compliance-related issues facing creditors, financial institutions and the accounts...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
By James J. Wilson, Esq.* Key Points: Bennett v. A.T. Masterpiece Homes, 40 A.3d 145 (Pa. Super. 2012) would lighten the burden for plaintiffs proceeding under the catchall provision of the UTPCPL by no longer..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2009
Federal -- Fair Debt , Two cases in the same courthouse addressing the same legal issues and facts. One case resulting in the granting our motion to dismiss, the other denying our motion for summary judgment the very next day and the successful appeal that followed....,   Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009


Andrew M. Schwartz
Chair - Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Group
(215) 575-2765

Additional Contacts

Christopher E. Dougherty
Chairman of the Board of Directors; Director, Professional Liability Department
(215) 575-2733

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