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ACA International recently hosted Birmingham-based Balch partners Jason Tompkins and Jonathan Hoffmann on the podcast series, ACA Cast. Jason serves as the chair of Balch & Bingham’s Issues & Appeals Practice and Jonathan is a member of the Consumer Finance Litigation Practice.
During this latest episode, “Connecting the Dots in the 11th Circuit Hunstein Case,” released on May 5, 2021, the conversation turns to the more recent Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Service, Inc. decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Jason and Jonathan consider the impact this decision will have the accounts receivable management (ARM) industry and the future of third-party service vendors. They share their opinions on how this will impact consumers, what the next steps for agency owners should be, and if there will be congressional efforts to clarify use of vendors.
Jason and Jonathan have become regular contributors to the ACA Cast podcast series, appearing as special guests for the first time in December 2020 and more recently in April 2021, when they discussed the Facebook v. Duguid case and its implications for the accounts receivables and management industry.
Serving as Chair of the firm’s Issues & Appeals Practice, Jason has extensive experience handling appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including serving as counsel in the United States Supreme Court. His appellate experience spans nearly every category, including consumer finance, energy, environmental, and administrative law. Much of Jason’s practice focuses on class action defense, particularly in the area of consumer finance litigation. Jason has been lead counsel on more than 40 class actions and hundreds of individual cases involving claims under the FDCPA, FCRA, and TCPA.
Jonathan Hoffmann focuses on consumer and financial services litigation, handling hundreds of individual and class action lawsuits under the TCPA, FDCPA and FCRA. He also advises clients on compliance with these statutes and their regulations, as well as UDAAP, with particular focus on UDAAP issues arising from the use and promotion of fintech initiatives of banking institutions. Jonathan regularly represents clients in bankruptcy litigation, complex business disputes, loan workouts, and collection actions, as well as representing creditors in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.