The Report examined internal CFPB documents relating to the December 2013 consent order against the auto finance company Ally Financial Inc. and its subsidiary Ally Bank. The Report stated the CFPB purposefully chose to distribute the $80 million dollars in Ally Bank settlement funds “without verifying that recipients [were] eligible to receive the money.”
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its latest monthly consumer complaint report on consumer complaints in December about financial services. The report highlights that complaints on debt collection were still the largest volume of complaints in December, 6410 of the 20,300 or (31%) of the total complaints. Debt collection, mortgage, and credit reporting complaints […]
Yesterday, a Federal Judge in Virginia denied a motion to certify a class action case against an arm of publicly traded debt buyer PRA Group (PRAA). The lawsuit was originally filed exactly one year earlier, on January 28, 2015. The case illustrates the challenges of attempting to be FDCPA compliant when dealing with consumers that do not speak English or for whom English is a second language.
WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – January 26, 2016 – Consumers, creditors, and the economy as a whole benefit from the existence of the professional debt collection industry, according to the newest white paper from ACA International, the association of credit and collection professionals. The white paper “The Role of Third-Party Debt Collection in the U.S. Economy” explores the industry’s role in the U.S. economy,focusing on how third-party debt collectors work in tandem with creditors and […]
A federal judge in Indianapolis has ruled that a lawsuit alleging violations of the FDCPA and the United States Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”) against Sherman Financial Group, one of the country’s largest debt buyers, cannot proceed as a class action because circumstances vary too much among the class members. Assuming this decision withstands any subsequent appeal it appears that Sherman made a good decision to vigorously defend the case.
insideARM and The Compliance Professionals Forum are looking for compliance- and operations-themed presentations for their spring and fall semesters of ARM-U. ARM-U is a three-day series of webinars. Each presentation is 90 minutes, and two sessions happen each day. Spring Semester is March 22, 23, and 24 (with sessions from 2.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Eastern; […]
Bulletins from the CFPB often function as rule-making, even though bulletins aren’t technically the way the CFPB conducts rule-making. Both bulletins and consent orders, though, should be viewed by all in the industry as the “writing on the wall,” so to speak. They show the agency’s current line of thinking, and give those companies in the debt industry a map of compliance.
The CFPB has been highly emphatic in requiring both the financial services and the debt collection industry to increase compliance by establishing and maintaining systems and procedures to ensure consumer data privacy in all transactions. All of which have utilized “automated” systems that have proven to be effective and efficient in the credit ecosystem. Millions have been spent by the industry to meet these demands in the past 5-7 years. The National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA) members report a 300%+ increase in compliance costs from 2011-2014.
In a 6-3 “no” for the industry, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in her majority opinion, writes, “Campbell’s settlement bid and Rule 68 offer of judgment, once rejected, had no continuing efficacy. Absent Gomez’s acceptance, Campbell’s settlement offer remained only a proposal, binding neither Campbell nor Gomez. Having rejected Campbell’s settlement bid, and given Campbell’scontinuing denial of liability, Gomez gained no entitlement to the relief Campbell previously offered.”
Yesterday we learned that ARM industry titan GC Services was acquired by Owner Resource Group, based in Austin, TX, and NB Alternatives Advisors, a subsidiary of Neuberger Berman. This transaction closed on December 31, 2015, but no one knew about it until this week. Everything GC Services has done, they’ve done quietly, so I’m not […]