Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review a Second Circuit decision that found state usury laws applied to debt that had been purchased from a national bank. The case was significant for debt buyers, as it would have simplified decisions regarding applicable interest rates.
New mandatory credit bureau reporting process changes that had been announced earlier this year will become effective this Wednesday, June 15. The three major credit bureaus issued a memo in March, stating that the purpose is to provide consumers more transparency. The bureaus established the plan in conjunction with several states’ Attorneys General. New requirements […]
While DBA International disagrees with certain broad characterizations of the debt buying industry contained in the June 5th episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” we wholeheartedly agree with the premise of the show that unscrupulous activity within the industry harms consumers.
On last night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO the host dedicated the entire show to absolutely skewering the debt-buying industry. He has recently done shows on other industry-related topics, including predatory lending and student loan debt. With great hype, Oliver “gave away” $15 million (in the form of forgiven debt), double the value of the infamous Oprah Winfrey car giveaway.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Thursday, May 19th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed SB 771/ HB 1491 (Chapter 579) into law, addressing the treatment of out-of-statute debt and statutorily codifies several provisions contained in the Maryland Rules of Procedure (MRP) concerning the litigation of consumer debt. Given that the language from the MRP was copied verbatim, DBA International […]
A Baltimore jury delivered a verdict against Las Vegas-based debt buyer LVNV. At $38 million, it is the largest judgment against a debt collector in Maryland history.
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.
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” […]
In a Memorandum Opinion and Order filed on May 9, 2016 a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois granted Summary Judgment in favor of the plaintiffs in a FDCPA lawsuit involving publicly traded debt buyer Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC.
Yesterday, Encore Capital Group (ECPG), reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2016. Encore is an international specialty finance company with operations in eight countries that provides debt recovery solutions for consumers across a broad range of assets. Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2016: Estimated Remaining Collections (ERC) grew 12% to $5.7 billion, compared […]