Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office offered support this week for proposed legislation related to statute of limitations, collection of judgments, and more, that would have a significant effect on creditors and debt collectors.
Plaintiffs in an FDCPA class action suit filed earlier this year against Portfolio Recovery Associates have filed a motion to modify the class. PRA opposed the motion, offering multiple arguments, all of which were all rejected earlier this month.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been talking about disparate impact for years and the agency’s favorite controversial methodology – finding evidence of discriminatory practices in data and outcomes rather than intent – has been plenty of trouble for bankers. But the collections industry has not had to deal head-on with the CFPB’s methodology. Does that mean collections firms have nothing to worry about?
In response to many inquiries regarding its out-of-statute requirements, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (NYC) issued official guidance on July 31, 2015. The requirements have caused confusion because of their apparent conflict with those issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).
The total number of lawsuits filed by consumers claiming violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) increased substantially in June. The increase was 16% over the same time last year. There was also a double digit increase from the prior month. According to data from Web Recon, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases […]
The Compliance Professionals Forum held local meetings last week for compliance peers in Rochester, NY and Wheaton, IL. The groups shared information and best practices about TCPA, policies and procedures, and their most pressing pain points.
Come October, Maine’s FDCPA language will be amended/updated via House Bill 753 (LD 1092). Specifically: These changes will be of especial interest to any agency collecting debt from consumers who reside in Maine. Per DBA International, Specifically, the new law: Requires written payment schedules or settlement agreements be provided to the consumer, Reaffirms the six year […]
Attorney General Schneiderman’s philosophy, specifically relating to the NYS Debt Collection Law and Rules, is that by providing a clear framework, it will make things easier for those legitimate companies, and significantly more challenging for those not interested in playing by the rules.
These collectors operate outside the purview of the CFPB and with the full authority of those government agencies. These collectors frequently charge exorbitant fees and often hold the ability to effect wage garnishments, arrest, and even foreclosure against consumers. The consumers most vulnerable economically, are often caught in this cycle compounding the possibility of mistreatment.
Some questions had definite answers from panelists; however, many of the questions highlighted confusion within the laws and regulations themselves. While the FTC requires one thing, the CFPB may require something entirely different — and often contradictory. And because there is little cohesion among state laws, compliance suffers across the board. Still, even recognizing the areas of confusion can help an agency in their compliance plan. Better still, though, would be some kind of definitive answer.