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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday announced the latest additions to its three advisory boards, including seven new members of its Consumer Protection Advisory Board. Joann Needleman, VP at law firm Maurice & Needleman and current President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA), was named as one of the new members.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday said that a collection agency violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) when it sent a collection letter with the debtor’s account number visible through the transparent address window of an envelope.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a decision made by its Bankruptcy Appellate Panel last year that may grant a student loan borrower discharges on 15 separate private student loans totaling more than $118,000. The bankruptcy panel relied on a unique treatment of ability to repay that is not used in any other circuit.
For-profit higher education firm Corinthian Colleges revealed in a recent SEC filing that the CFPB has initiated settlement talks relating to an enforcement action over the company’s debt collection tactics and treatment of certain loans.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Monday announced an enforcement action against Global Client Solutions, a leading debt-settlement payment processor, for allegedly helping other companies to collect tens of millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees from consumers.
Brandon Scroggin had an air-tight FDCPA claim against a debt collection agency. It was such a solid case, the company offered him a $5,000 settlement to make it go away. But now Scroggin owes the agency more than $33,000 to pay their attorney’s fees. So how did he go from five grand up to 33-large in the hole?
Lawsuits against ARM firms citing violations of the FDCPA increased slightly in July, but were still on pace to finish far below the number filed in 2013. TCPA lawsuits also bucked their 2014 trend by decreasing on a month-over-month basis, but still remain on pace to grow significantly for the year.
The comment period for the CFPB’s proposal to survey consumers about their experiences in debt collection ends today, Friday August 22.
A man who once ran what seemed to be a legitimate debt collection operation before resorting to overtly criminal behavior was sentenced Wednesday to 175 months in federal prison for stealing client money, identity theft, and a ton of other federal financial fraud crimes.
The Federal Trade Commission has joined the CFPB in filing an amicus brief in the matter of Hernandez v. Williams, Zinman & Parham, P.C before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The case concerns the interpretation and enforcement of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).