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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / January 24, 2016 / Category: General

Comparing the DMDC with SCRACVS – Pros and Cons

Companies, lenders, servicers, and individuals who need a military status verification in order satisfy a court requirement or to stay in compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act have two resources for accomplishing this task: the Department of Defense Manpower … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / January 13, 2016 / Category: General

Accuracy of Military Status Verification

When seeking information on whether or not someone is on active duty, what can be expected as it relates to the accuracy of military status verification? If the information about the person is not entered precisely correct, how reliable is … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / January 12, 2016 / Category: Court Cases

Private Cause of Action Under SCRA

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”), a federal statute, provides for certain protections for servicemembers.  These protections, discussed in detail in our blog, include Reductions in interest rates on certain obligations Requirements before entries of default judgments Restrictions on … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / January 7, 2016 / Category: News

New York Tightens Default Judgment Affidavit Rules

States sometimes enact laws over and above the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) to protect servicemembers in their jurisdictions. In fact, even within States, local jurisdictions may have their own rules. For example,pursuant to CPLR 3215(a), New York court … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / January 6, 2016 / Category: General

Divorce, Child Custody and Domestic Relations Under SCRA

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) is a federal law.  It offers protections to people in military service.  The purpose of the SCRA is to eliminate some distractions for servicemembers while they perform their valuable services. Some states have passed … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / December 10, 2015 / Category: SCRA - General

Military Personnel and Custody Disputes

Child custody disputes continue to be at the forefront of family law.  Recent long deployments of military personnel has placed many at risk of losing custody of their children during their extended deployments.  Some issues are addressed by the Servicemembers … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / October 28, 2015 / Category: Court Cases

Auto Lender to pay $3.28M for SCRA Illegal Debt Collection

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), with its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to take action against companies engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices, has filed an administrative consent order against an auto lender that targeted servicemembers for illegal … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann / October 2, 2015 / Category: SCRA - General

Mobile Phone Plans – How to Amend or Terminate under SCRA

Deployed military personnel may seek relief from their mobile phone plans under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”). Under SCRA Section 535a, servicemembers can suspend or cancel long-term wireless/mobile phone contracts without penalties or extra fees when deployed for 90 … Read the rest

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