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By: Roy L. Kaufmann

Companies Settle with DoJ for SCRA Violations

Paying settlements for SCRA violations can cost you a bundle. It’s better to do your homework ahead of time and avoid the expensive headaches. The SCRA deems soldiers on active duty exempt from lawsuits. Even recent retirees are covered.  Cases … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann

New DoD SCRA Regulations for Moneylenders

If you’re a moneylender, recent regulation changes to the Military Lending Act issued by the DoD could greatly affect your business. Banks and other lending institutions likely know about the SCRA regulations the Department of Defense set up in 2006 … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann

ABA Announces Revision in SCRA Compliance Requirements

The American Bankers Association has announced changes to its SCRA compliance requirements. The ABA, which makes available to its members very detailed analyses on Servicemembers Civil Relief Act compliance and HUD’s Servicemembers Civil Relief Act notice disclosure, has announced recent … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann

Car Towing Service Faces Potential Penalties for SCRA Violation

‘Car Towing Service Faces Potential Penalties for SCRA Violation’ When U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Alexzandria Kelly left on active duty to Africa last year, she expected her 1972 AMC Gremlin to be safe. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act offers … Read the rest

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By: Roy L. Kaufmann

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, includeReductions 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

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

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

Troop Deployment Highlights Renters’ Rights Under SCRA

In early August, the U.S. Army announced that 2,500 troops from upstate New York’s Fort Drum would be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. This news is just the latest deployment from the area, as over the past decade countless service … Read the rest

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