in brief: service of a complaint on a consumer is a "communication" under the FDCPA

While I can't say that this will ultimately prove to be a class issue, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) is receiving increased attention in recent years, particularly as an increase in the number of consumers in economic distress increases their interactions with debt collectors.  It is with this in mind that I pass on one sentence from a case involving the FDCPA.  In Donohue v. Quick Collect, Inc., (9th Cir. January 14, 2009), the Ninth Circuit held:  "We . . . conclude that a complaint served directly on a consumer to facilitate debt-collection efforts is a communication subject to the requirements of §§ 1692e and 1692f."  Slip op., at 1006.