For more than a decade, Mr. Butler has devoted his practice to fighting on the side of consumers against soul-less financial institutions and their minions. While Wall Street banks exert disproportionate influence on their puppet lawmakers, occasionally democracy prevails, and pro-consumer laws (such as the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) are passed. Butler uses those laws to the fullest extent possible. His cases have resulted in numerous published decisions from the Central District of California which confirm the vitality of those laws and their relevance to contemporary struggles.
Among his non-federal cases was Yolles v. Capital One & Legal Recovery Law Offices, a False Claims Act case premised upon Mr. Butler's discovery that Capital One and its lawyers were stiffing California courts on filing fees in hundreds of consumer collection cases. The California Attorney General intervened and the case ended in a $160,000.00 settlement.
Mr. Butler was a regular guest on KFWB Radio's Money 101, advocating pro-consumer positions on issues relating to debt collection and credit reporting, and he has been featured in articles in the Los Angeles Times for his success litigating against debt collectors.
Mr. Butler was born in Los Angeles, where he attended the same Hollywood public school his daughter now attends. He earned his bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from U.C. Santa Barbara, then pursued post-gradaute studies at Yale University Graduate School and Southwestern Law School. He spends much of his free time hiking, especially in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||N/A||N/A|
|Southwestern Univ SOL||law||N/A|
|Univ of California Santa Barbara||undergraduate||N/A|
|Yale Graduate School||N/A||N/A|
|Professional Collection Consultants v. Hanson||Judgment for Defendant.|
|Persolve v. Uribe||Judgment for Defendant.|
|FIA Card Services v. Gaspar||Judgment for Defendant.|
|Capital One v. Claus||Court dismissed Capital One's collection case due to discovery abuse, and entered judgment in favor of consumer against Capital One's lawyer, Erica L. Brachfeld.|
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