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Patrick Lunsford

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Patrick is the senior editor of insideARM.com. Patrick edits the ARM insider and all content appearing on insideARM. His work has appeared in numerous industry trade publications. Since 2002, he has covered or broken nearly every major news story impacting the accounts receivable management industry for insideARM.com. Previously, he was at finance research and consulting firm Corporate Executive Board after initially working in publishing out of college. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia, the flagship school of his home state. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and two daughters.

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TCPA Plaintiffs Skipping ARM Firms for Claims, Shifting Liability to Creditors/Originators

A lawsuit filed in federal court in New York this week is seeking class action status under the TCPA. Named in the case is a major utility and nearly all of its subsidiaries and parent companies, including global holding firms, even though the alleged violation was committed by a third party debt collection agency. It is a continuation of a trend that sees plaintiffs skipping collectors and going straight after the big money.

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Collector Layoffs Proceed at ED Contractors as Obama Announces Student Loan Changes

At least two private debt collection agencies have filed notices with their states notifying officials that they will be forced to lay off employees in the wake of the U.S. Department of Education’s announced winding down of collection contracts with five of its vendors. Separately, President Obama today is unveiling a Student Aid Bill of Rights that may further impact the student loan collection market.

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Debt Buying Giants Reach New Heights, But Disclose CFPB Investigations and Possible Impacts

Publicly traded debt buyers Encore Capital Group (NASDAQ: ECPG) and PRA Group (NASDAQ: PRAA) recently announced financial results for the full year 2014 marked by record cash collections and revenues driven by acquisitions and global growth. But both also made special note of specific, ongoing CFPB investigations and the potential financial impact of resolving the actions.