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Docket Number17-1307
Term2018
Full NameDennis Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP
Short NameObduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP
PetitionerDennis Obduskey
RespondentMcCarthy & Holthus LLP
Date Argued (Reargued)Jan. 7, 2019
Date Decided

Question Presented

Congress passed the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to "eliminate abusive debt collection practices by debt collectors." 15 U.S.C. 1692(e). Under the FDCPA, the term "debt collector" is defined as "any person***who regularly collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, debts owed or due***another." 15 U.S.C. 1692a(6). This case presents a clear and entrenched conflict regarding whether the FDCPA applies in the foreclosure context. In the decision below, the Tenth Circuit, siding with the Ninth Circuit, held that non-judicial foreclosures are not covered by the FDCPA; in doing so, the panel acknowledged the issue has "divided the circuits," and it expressly rejected the "contrary position" of multiple courts of appeals and state high courts. This holding was the sole basis of the decision below, and it arises on the precise fact-pattern that has generated extensive "confusion" and hundreds of conflicting decisions. This case is the perfect vehicle for resolving the widespread disagreement over this important issue. The question presented is: Whether the FDCPA applies to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings.

Case Events

NoDateDescription
33 2018-11-28SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, January 7, 2019
32 2018-11-14Brief amici curiae of Mortgage Bankers Association, et al. filed.
31 2018-11-14Brief amicus curiae of USFN - America's Mortgage Banking Attorneys filed.
30 2018-11-14Brief amicus curiae of The Commercial Law League of America filed.
29 2018-11-14Brief amicus curiae of Legal League 100 filed.
28 2018-11-14Motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
27 2018-11-14Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
26 2018-11-14Brief amici curiae of United Trustee's Association, et al. filed.
25 2018-11-14Brief amicus curiae of Colorado Mortgage Lenders Association filed.
24 2018-11-13Amicus brief of Legal League 100 not accepted for filing. (November 15, 2018) (Duplicate submission)
23 2018-11-13Brief amicus curiae of National Creditors Bar Association filed.
22 2018-11-07Brief of respondent McCarthy & Holthus LLP filed.
21 2018-11-07Brief amicus curiae of Michigan Creditors Bar Association filed.
20 2018-09-17Brief amicus curiae of National Consumer Law Center filed.
19 2018-09-17Brief amici curiae of Members of Congress filed.
18 2018-09-17Brief amicus curiae of NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, INC filed.
17 2018-09-10Joint appendix filed.
16 2018-09-10Brief of petitioner Dennis Obduskey filed.
15 2018-09-04Blanket Consent filed by Respondents, McCarthy & Holthus LLP, et al..
14 2018-08-08Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, Dennis Obduskey.
13 2018-07-23Joint motion to extend the time to file the opening briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioner's brief on the merits is extended to and including September 10, 2018. The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including November 7, 2018.
12 2018-07-16Joint motion for an extension of time to file the opening briefs on the merits filed.
11 2018-06-28Petition GRANTED.
10 2018-06-27DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/27/2018.
9 2018-06-18DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/21/2018.
8 2018-06-11Rescheduled.
7 2018-05-30Reply of petitioner Dennis Obduskey filed. (Distributed)
6 2018-05-29DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/14/2018.
5 2018-05-23Waiver of the 14-Day waiting period under Rule 15.5 filed by petitioner.
4 2018-05-16Brief of respondents McCarthy & Holthus LLP, et al. in opposition filed.
3 2018-04-11Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including May 16, 2018.
2 2018-04-09Motion to extend the time to file a response from April 16, 2018 to May 16, 2018, submitted to The Clerk.
1 2018-03-13Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 16, 2018)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Brianne Jenna GorodMembers of CongressCounsel of RecConstitutional Accountability Center1200 18th Street, NWSuite 501Washington, DC 20036brianne@theusconstitution.org202 296 6889other
Daniel L. GeyserDennis ObduskeyCounsel of RecordGeyser P.C.One Energy Square4925 Greenville Ave., Ste. 200Dallas, TX 75206daniel.geyser@geyserpc.com214-800-2660petitioner
Kannon K. ShanmugamMcCarthy & Holthus LLP, et al.Counsel of RecordWilliams & Connolly LLP725 Twelfth Street, N.W.Washington, DC 20005kshanmugam@wc.com(202) 434-5000respondent
Samuel SpitalNAACP LEGAL DEFENSE & EDUCATIONAL FUND, INCCounsel of RecordNAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.40 Rector Street, 5th FloorNew York, NY 10006sspital@naacpldf.org212-965-2200other
Stuart Todd RossmanThe National Consumer Law CenterCounsel of RecThe National Consumer Law Center7 Winthrop Square, Fourth FloorBoston, MA 02110srossman@nclc.org617-542-8010other
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