Larger participants in the debt industry need to prepare for CFPB supervision, and an essential part of that preparation will be to establish a formal compliance management system.
On July 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will mark its fourth anniversary. The consumer financial watchdog, created by Congress in the during the financial crisis, has done a lot for consumers in just a few years, having tackled important issues such as consumer complaints, payday lending, student loans and – of course – debt collection.
On July 14, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), a Federal regulatory body created by the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 mounted a frontal attack on this bedrock of separation of powers principle by filing suit in the United States District Court against a prominent consumer collection law firm, Frederick J. Hanna and Associates, P.C. of Atlanta Georgia.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Wednesday announced that it is proposing to expand its consumer complaints public database to include the consumer’s narrative description of what happened, along with a company response narrative. The announcement came on the three-year anniversary of the CFPB’s launch.
Historically, collection agencies have viewed compliance as a reactionary, standalone department. Now, there’s an active shift to view compliance as a proactive process that requires full participation and collaboration across all agency branches. Because of this, a collection agency’s compliance management system is not a product. It’s a mindset. What now? As Rozanne Andersen, Chief […]
May 2014 was a light month overall for debt collection complaints, and most types of litigation, according to new data from WebRecon. While 3188 consumers filed CFPB complaints against debt collectors – that’s a little more than 100 consumers a day – it still represents a 15.8 percent decline from April 2014. In all, the CFPB […]
We’ve all seen the headlines lately with the statistics of lawsuits rising against collection agencies, of penalties handed down by the CFPB and the courts, of settlements against collection agencies and even speculation that the business of debt collection is going the way of the dinosaur. But is the business of collections really going away, or is it just going through another change?
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will co-host a roundtable in Long Beach, Calif., on October 23, 2014, to examine how debt collection issues affect Latino consumers, especially those who have limited English proficiency.
New guidance from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve makes it clear that supervised institutions must be vigilant throughout every stage of the relationship with a third party.
The CFPB announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit against a debt collection law firm and its three principal partners alleging that the firm was a “lawsuit mill” that churned out debt collection actions and violated the FDCPA en masse. The firm denies the claims and says it will defend the action in court.