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Debt collection law firms, also known as creditor’s rights law firms, focus on the collection of debt through the court system. While traditional collection agencies are not authorized to file lawsuits against debtors, collection attorneys specialize in taking debt cases to court to try to obtain court-ordered judgments against debtors.

In addition to teams of legal professionals, many collection law firms have extensive collection operations that conduct more traditional debt recovery activity.

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Appeals Court Affirms that FDCPA Does Not Require Debt Collector Intent to Proceed to Trial When Filing Lawsuit

Yesterday the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its opinion in Paula St. John, Yvonne Owusumensah, et al., & Bryan Sirota v. CACH, LLC, Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC; & Unifund CCR Partners, Inc. At issue was whether 15 U.S.C. sec. 1692 e(5) dictates that a debt collector must intend to proceed to trial when it files a lawsuit to collect a debt. The Court agreed with Appellees that e(5) contains no such requirement.

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Consent Order Compliance: Navigating The CFPB’s Unofficial “Rules” Governing Debt Collection

The CFPB has entered into consent orders with major creditors, debt buyers, and law firms during the past year relating to key areas of their collection practices.  The consent orders impose significant new requirements relating to data integrity, dispute handling, debt substantiation, debt sales, affidavit practices, and litigation practices.  The orders are not formal “rules” […]

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In Sheriff et al. v. Gillie et al. Supreme Court Provides Insight as to Intent and Purpose of the FDCPA

In a unanimous decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court held that private attorneys hired by the Ohio Attorney General to collect debts owed to state agencies were “state officers” otherwise exempt from portions of the FDCPA, and that even if the private attorney didn’t have “state officer” status, using Ohio AG letterhead did not violate the FDCPA.

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Debt Collection Litigation in the Cross Hairs: CFPB’s Consent Order Against New Jersey Law Firm Creates More Problems Than Solutions

This article originally appeared as an Alert on ClarkHill.com, and is republished here with permission. Lightning can strike twice. With the ink barely dry on the Consent Order against the Hanna Law Firm (Hanna) in Georgia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) yesterday took action against another debt collection law firm for the filing […]

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New ProPublica Article Criticizes Debt Collection Litigation on Medical Accounts; Paints One Firm as Outlier

As part of an ongoing investigation, Propublica published a lengthy article by Paul Kiel titled For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued. The article discusses the practice of use of litigation to collect delinquent healthcare accounts in the State of Nebraska. It is clear that Mr. Kiel spent a considerable amount of time researching the story before publication. The story is less than flattering to the debt collection industry.

Pressler and Pressler Offers Response to CFPB Settlement Agreement

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Pressler and Pressler, a law firm specializing in retail collections, today announced it has entered into a settlement agreement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). While the CFPB rigorously and thoroughly scrutinized the firm for more than a year and a half, the settlement ultimately involves no consumer redress or restitution, no […]

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CFPB Announces Consent Orders Against Law Firm and Debt Buyer

Yesterday the CFPB announced that a New Jersey law firm and a debt purchasing company had agreed to pay $2.5 million in response to the agency’s assertions regarding the filing of “mass-produced” lawsuits. The law firm, Pressler & Pressler, issued a strong response, noting that no restitution or invalidation of judgments was required in the agreement, and that the settlement is not about laws or rules that are currently in place.

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Law Firm No Longer Needs to Be Licensed as Debt Collector in Mass – The Story Behind the Reversal

In an April 1, 2016 letter the Massachusetts Division of Banks (Division) has reversed its position regarding licensing of law firms as debt collectors in the state. The Division now says that a Massachusetts law firm and/or other similarly situated law firms will not need to become licensed to engage in debt collection in the Commonwealth. This single issue seems to have been a gigantic waste of time and resources.