House Financial Services Committee Approves Bill to Exclude Attorneys from FDCPA

This week, the House Financial Services Committee (the “Committee”) approved by a vote of 35-25 a bill introduced last month by Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) that would exclude from the definition of “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) law firms or licensed attorneys engaged in litigation activities to collect a debt, provided that those activities are “in connection with a legal action in a court of law to collect a debt” and that the debtor is served or service is attempted in accordance with applicable rules. The bill, H.R. 5082, the “Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018,” provides that such “litigation activities” that would exempt an attorney from the definition of “debt collector” include: