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Debt Collection

Debt collection refers to the work done to recover balances from credit accounts that are past due. Most commonly, debt collection specifically references third party debt collectors whose clients include banks, credit card issuers and other credit grantors, debt buyers, governments, and any organization that extends credit or owns an account where a balance is due. Collection methods traditionally include phone calls from call center agents, e-mails, and letters, and increasingly, SMS text. If an account remains in arrears after these efforts, the collection agency may contract with a collection attorney to file suit to recover the debt, if the collection agency is not positioned to do so.

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State Legislature Committee to Consider Strict Debt Buyer Bill After Industry Input

A committee in the Oregon House of Representatives next week will consider a bill that could place extensive new requirements on debt buyers that file collection lawsuits against consumers. In a public hearing late last month, debt buyers expressed opposition to the bill as introduced noting “this legislation has very significant problems.”

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Judge Sides with Government in Student Loan Debt Collection Contract Dispute Ruling

A judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Tuesday dismissed a complaint against the Department of Education brought by student loan debt collection contractors that disagreed with the agency’s decision to end its relationship with some collectors while expanding its business with others. But the decision was narrow and is likely to be appealed, with additional questions needing an answer before the matter is finally settled.

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FTC’s Settlement with Two Debt Portfolio Brokers a Continuation of a Trend in ARM Industry

The FTC Monday announced that it has reached final settlements with two debt portfolio brokers for disclosing too much personal information about debtors in online postings marketing their portfolios for sale. The FTC announced the cases last year, and today’s announcement highlighted new security requirements for the brokers going forward.

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FTC and State AG Team Up on Fake Debt Collection Agency in Illinois

The FTC and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that they have obtained a court order temporarily halting a fake debt collection scam located in a suburb of Chicago. The defendants are charged with illegally using threats and intimidation tactics to coerce consumers to pay payday loan debts they either did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants.

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Account Control Technology Foundation Releases “Beware the Debt Monster” Video forNational Financial Literacy Month

The Account Control Technology Foundation (herein ACT Foundation), a non-profit, charitable organization established by the founders of Account Control Technology, Inc. (ACT), has announced the release of “Beware the Debt Monster,” a short video aimed at building financial literacy by highlighting the dangers of monstrous or unaddressed debt.