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White Secures Dismissal of Class Action Against Debt Collector Law Firm

January 30, 2018

Gavin White (Of Counsel-Miami) defended a law firm that specializes in collections for government agents. The firm was contracted by the Clerk of Courts for Miami-Dade County to collect on unpaid parking tickets and moving violations. The clerk and the law firm were sued in federal court in a putative class action alleging improper collections practices. Unlike the clerk, Gavin did not have a strong quasi-judicial immunity defense and was more focused on the substantive failures on the individual causes of action, while the clerk focused on the immunity arguments. The court granted Gavin’s motion to dismiss, without granting leave for the plaintiff to amend on behalf of the class. This win is significant because there was potential for a multimillion-dollar exposure to the client on this matter.

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