A federal class action lawsuit in Seattle alleges that a collection agency used the King County prosecutor’s seals on debt collection letters to consumers, while failing to disclose that the letter was from a collection agency and not a law enforcement office. The plaintiffs say they received seemingly official letters from Missouri-based collection agency Bounceback which included threats of jail time if consumers didn’t pay the amount of the debt and more than $180 in fees. Bounceback was able to use the county prosecutor’s seal on these collection letters because it participates in a “check enforcement program,” where county prosecutors rent out the prosecutor’s seal and letterhead in exchange for a cut of the collection fees.
ACA International elected its new 2014-2015 board of directors and officers at its 75th Anniversary Convention and Exposition in Chicago. Five board of director candidates were elected by the Council of Delegates, two of whom, Roger Weiss and Michael Frost, are new to the board. Once the new board was elected, the board of directors met […]
A consumer gives you a contact number that turns out to be his cell phone. What do you do? In a poll-meets-pop-quiz of insideARM.com readers, 36.5 percent of participants said that when they get a contact number from a consumer that turns out to be a cell phone, they continue to call a consumer as […]
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York issued a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a Buffalo, NY-based debt collection operation Monday, after the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s Office filed a joint complaint alleging the operation used lies and threats against consumers in violation of federal and state laws.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act played to packed audiences through two sessions Wednesday at ACA International’s 75th Anniversary Convention & Expo in Chicago. At issues for those in the debt industry are: effective consent language and present capacity.
An investigation conducted by the Dayton Daily News alleges that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awarded state debt collection contracts to a friend’s collection agency and companies that donated the most money to his political campaign and the GOP, turning down more experienced vendors in the process. DeWine has denied the claim that those with political […]
I’ve spoken with quite a few compliance professionals recently. I can truly say that I am overwhelmed for you. The challenges and responsibilities facing compliance officers at all levels today are significant. Yet I get the sense that each of one you is reinventing the same wheel at the same time.
Last week, in Haddad v. Alexander, Zelmanski, Danner & Fioritto, PLLC, the Sixth Circuit expanded the requirement for how a debt collector must respond to a debtor’s request for verification of a debt under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, creating the most consumer-friendly verification standard ever.
Gordon Beck, Chief Operating Officer of Diversified Consultants, Inc., based in Jacksonville, Florida, sat for an interview last week with ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Beck said ABC set out to investigate TCPA lawsuits where companies – including collection agencies – dialed wrong numbers. ABC producers told Beck that he was the only collection agency official that agreed to be interviewed.
The vast majority of collection opportunities within the student loan marketplace have been with state and federal government clients, private guarantors (like Sallie Mae), and private lenders (like large financial institutions). So, what’s available today? That’s the topic of a webinar scheduled for Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 2.00 p.m. Eastern, sponsored by FICO. REGISTER […]