Bassford Remele is a full-service litigation firm that devotes its practice exclusively to providing trial and appellate repreesntation for local, national, and international clients in a wide array of business litigation.
Our Consumer Law Practice Group is dedicated to the defense of financial institutions, creditors, collection agencies, attorneys, hospitals, and other businesses facing state and federal consumer-protection statutory lawsuits. Specifically, this practice group represents clients in multiple jurisdictions facing lawsuits brought under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), and Telephone Consumer Practices Act (“TCPA”). Our group has defended thousands of consumer lawsuits in these areas. Our practice also includes the defense of claims brought by governmental regulators overseeing entities involved in the credit and collection industry.
As part of our practice, Bassford attorneys routinely provide risk management advice to collection industry participants and professionals. We regularly defend individual and class actions brought under the TCPA, FDCPA and FCRA. Our attorneys frequently present on this area of law at local and national conferences and publish articles and newsletters on a regular basis to keep our clients up-to-date on current issues and trends in the consumer law area.
The Bassford Remele Consumer Law Defense Practice Team is also dedicted to creditors' rights support as it relates to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB"). Our attorneys possess the knowledge and experience necessary to guide agencies through the regulations and compliance requirements under the CFPB.
Our Consumer Law Practice Team is actively involved in bar and trade associations relating to the industry:
Minnesota State Bar Association
Consumer Law Defense Group Members, Michael A. Klutho, Christopher R. Morris, Jessica L. Klander and Patrick D. Newman
Legislative Committee, 2011 - Present; Chair, 2013 - 2016, Christopher R. Morris
ACA International, Inc.
Fellow, Designation Program, Michael A. Klutho
Scholar Designation Program, Michael A. Klutho, Christopher R. Morris and Jessica L. Klander
Certified Instructor, Michael A. Klutho and Christopher R. Morris
Council of Delegates, MAP Representative, Michael A. Klutho
MAP State Compliance Chair, North Dakota, Christopher R. Morris
Professional Collection Specialist, Michael A. Klutho
Board of Directors, 2002 - 2004, Michael A. Klutho
FCRA Task Force, 2003, Michael A. Klutho
Members’ Attorney Program Designation, Michael A. Klutho, Christopher R. Morris and Jessica L. Klander
Board of Directors, 1996 - 1998, Michael A. Klutho
Membership Committee, 2002 - 2004, Michael A. Klutho
CNR Committee, 2009 - Present, Michael A. Klutho
AIG Claim Advisory Panel, 1998 - 2000, Michael A. Klutho
Northland/Gulf Insurance Company Regional Defense Panel, 2000 - 2003,
Michael A. Klutho
Travelers Insurance Companies Regional Defense Panel, 2004 - Present,
Michael A. Klutho
QBE Insurance Companies Regional Defense Panel, 2015 - Present,
Michael A. Klutho
Minnesota Creditors’ Rights Association
Membership Committee, Jessica L. Klander
Representative Clients: ACA International – association of collection professionals, asset buyers, attorneys, creditors and vendors in more than 55 countries; QBE Insurance Companies, The Travelers Companies, Westport Insurance, and Chubb Group of Insurance Companies - insurers providing coverage for credit and collection professionals. Numerous creditors, collection agencies and collection attorneys.
Bassford Remele Lawyers: Michael A. Klutho (Chair), Christopher R. Morris, Andrew L. Marshall, Jessica L. Klander, Uzodima Franklin Aba-Onu, Jeffrey R. Peters, Patrick D. Newman, and Aram V. Desteian.