Not in the Rules, but Fight Isn’t Over: Meaningful Attorney Involvement

Virtual Experience

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
Category: Virtual Experience

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In a surprising development, after receiving pointed criticism from NCBA, the American Bar Association, and consumer groups, the CFPB elected to withdraw its proposed "Safe Harbor" Rule relating to attorney "meaningful involvement" in debt collection pleadings at this time. In this session, two defense attorneys who worked on NCBA’s comments to the proposed rule will discuss why this retrenchment by the CFPB is an important win for the industry, and what NCBA members can expect regarding future meaningful involvement litigation.


  • Tomio Narita, Simmonds & Narita, LLP
  • Mitch Williamson, Barron & Newburger, P.C.

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It is not uncommon for a course which is pending approval to not be approved until after the webinar has taken place. Once an official decision notice arrives from the state, NCBA will notify attorneys who have completed the course as soon as possible via email, and will re-issue any certificates of completion to reflect the updated state reporting numbers. However, it is recommended that attorneys do not view webinars that are pending approval close to their CLE deadline, as NCBA cannot guarantee that a course will be approved in time.

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