A collection agency that saw a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision go against it last month has filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc with the Court. The case involved a settlement offer on a time-barred account. The collector initially won the case and the Sixth Circuit reversed that ruling in a split decision that carried a strong dissent.
The recent frenzy regarding the collection of time-barred debt has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. What is highly touted as consumer protection is in actuality greater consumer harm.
A report released Thursday by the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) urges the CFPB to prohibit debt collectors from attempting to seek payment on accounts that are beyond the statute of limitations. It’s a reiteration of recommendations the group made in response to the CFPB’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) for debt collection last year.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a 2-1 decision that merely offering a settlement on a time-barred debt can run afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) because a consumer might consider the word “settlement” to be a legal term and may assume they are being sued or that they could be sued in the future.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has obtained a settlement with debt buyer Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG) over the company’s debt collection practices in the legal collection channel.
A U.S. Circuit Court decision this summer took an extraordinary step when it held that filing a proof of claim on time barred debt is conduct that violates the FDCPA. At the time, attorneys close to both bankruptcy and FDCPA proceedings warned that it would touch off a very real firestorm in that sector of the ARM industry. That has proven to be quite true.
At a collection conference in Las Vegas, regulators shared some insight into how they view out-of-statute debt. They called for fuller disclosures to consumers, both on legal action (agencies can’t take any) and responsibility to pay (the consumer, in an out-of-stat-debt situation, has none). Will the insight make it into the Policies and Procedures of collection agencies, though?
In a very long feature article running in The New York Times Magazine, author Jake Halpern explores the world of debt brokers and buyers through the eyes of two veteran collection professionals.
Now that the industry has had the chance to take a deeper dive into the details of the New York Department of Financial Services’ proposed regulations for debt collection by third-party debt collectors and debt buyers, experts and organizations are submitting their feedback on how to further improve the regulations. Specific questions remain about the correct language to use in consumer notices, and how the rules may impact creditors.
Addressing what it termed “a deluge [that] has swept through U.S. bankruptcy courts of late,” the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Crawford v. LVNV Funding, LLC last week held that filing a proof of claim on time barred debt is conduct that violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).