Moore v. Jefferson Capital Systems, LLC
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Reconsideration [ 38 ] is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Courts November 21, 2016 Order lifting the stay 37 is VACATED. The October 1, 2015 stay shall remain in forc e pending the Supreme Courts decision in Johnson v. Midland Funding, LLC, 823 F.3d 1334 (11th Cir. 2016), cert. granted (U.S. Oct. 11, 2016). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall advise the Court of the Supreme Courts decision in Johnson within ten (10) days of its issuance. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 12/1/16. (JAB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JEFFERSON CAPITAL SYSTEMS, LLC,
No. 4:15-CV-418 JAR
Consolidated with Case Nos.:
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiffs in this consolidated action allege Defendant violated the Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. (“FDCPA”), by filing proofs of claim in their bankruptcy
proceedings on time-barred debts. (Petition, Doc. No. 4, ¶¶ 17-20, 27-28) Defendant has moved
to dismiss Plaintiffs’ claims arguing that using legal process to obtain payment on a stale debt via
a proof of claim can never give rise to an FDCPA action. (Doc. No. 18)1 On October 1, 2015, the
Court stayed this matter pending the outcome of the Eighth Circuit’s resolution of the appeal in
Nelson v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., No. 4:15-CV-816 ERW, 2015 WL 5093437 (E.D. Mo.
Aug. 28, 2015). In Nelson, the district court acknowledged a split of authority among federal
courts on the issue, but reasoned that the balance of decisions weighed in favor of dismissal and
granted defendant’s motion to dismiss. 2015 WL 5093437, at *2. On July 11, 2016, the Eighth
Circuit issued its decision and affirmed the district court. See Nelson v. Midland Credit Mgmt.,
Inc., 828 F.3d 749 (8th Cir. 2016). On Defendant’s motion, the Court ordered the stay lifted on
November 21, 2016. (Doc. No. 27)
Defendant’s motion is currently under consideration with this Court.
Plaintiff has filed a Motion for Reconsideration of the Court’s Order in light of the
United States Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in a case involving the identical issue presented
in this action, i.e., whether filing a proof of claim for a time-barred debt violates the FDCPA,
Johnson v. Midland Funding, LLC, 823 F.3d 1334 (11th Cir. 2016), cert. granted (U.S. Oct. 11,
2016) (Doc. No. 38). Defendant opposes the motion for reconsideration on the grounds that
continuing the stay will only further delay disposition of this case (Doc. No. 40).
The Court is aware that this case has been pending for some time. However, the Supreme
Court’s decision in Johnson will be dispositive of this case and resolve the current circuit-split
among the Fourth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits. Under these circumstances, the Court
will grant Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration, vacate its order lifting the stay, and continue to
stay this case pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Johnson.
Accordingly, and for good cause shown,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration  is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court’s November 21, 2016 Order lifting the stay
 is VACATED. The October 1, 2015 stay shall remain in force pending the Supreme Court’s
decision in Johnson v. Midland Funding, LLC, 823 F.3d 1334 (11th Cir. 2016), cert. granted
(U.S. Oct. 11, 2016).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall advise the Court of the Supreme
Court’s decision in Johnson within ten (10) days of its issuance.
Dated this 1st day of December, 2016.
JOHN A. ROSS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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