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"The FDCPA defines 'communication' very broadly as 'the conveying of information regarding a debt directly or indirectly to any person through any medium.' " Romea v. Heiberger & Assocs., 163 F.3d 111, 114 n. 2 (2d Cir.1998) (quoting 15 U.S.C. § 1692(a)(2)) (holding that notice demanding payment of rent arrearage or surrender of rented premises to landlord was a "communication" within the meaning of the FDCPA). While the Second Circuit has not precisely defined the scope of the term "communication," it has suggested in other contexts that, consistent with Congress's intent in enacting the FDCPA, the statute should be broadly construed. See Pipiles v. Credit Bureau of Lockport, Inc., 886 F.2d 22, 27 (2d Cir.1989) ("[I]t is apparent that the prescribed requirement can further the Congressional purpose in enacting the FDCPA in 1977, which was to prevent 'abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices.' ") (citations omitted) (holding that under the pre- amended version of § 1692e(11), disclosure is required in all communications); [FN20] see also Cavallaro v. Law Office of Shapiro & Kreisman, 933 F.Supp. 1148, 1153 (E.D.N.Y.1996) ("The Second Circuit also has warned debt collectors against loosely interpreting the FDCPA.") (citing Russell, 74 F.3d at 35); accord Blair v. Sherman Acquisition, No. 04 Civ. 4718, 2004 WL 2870080, at *2 (N.D.Ill. Dec. 13, 2004) ("Because it is designed to protect consumers, the FDCPA is, in general, liberally construed in favor of consumers to effect its purpose.").

FN20. As noted, infra at note 34, the statute was amended in 1996.

Foti v. NCO Financial Systems, Inc.
424 F.Supp.2d 643
Mar 25, 2006

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