Local and federal authorities rightfully spend a lot of their enforcement efforts on finding and shutting down scammers. They should consider carefully the many laws/rules in development that will make it so much harder for legitimate companies to operate, while scammers, by definition, will not follow the rules no matter what they are.
John G. Schanck, Chairman of Stellar Recovery, Inc. is pleased to announce the development and implementation of a cutting-edge risk management and compliance model, new to the industry. Stellar Recovery has contracted with a Florida law firm, the Assurance Law Group, which will be dedicated exclusively to serving the legal needs of Stellar Recovery, Inc. […]
I saw this story from the Charleston Gazette-Mail today. The headline caught my attention, “Morrisey aims to collect $13.8 million from usurious lender” But, the first sentence in the article really grabbed me. It read: “West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is seeking to hire a lawyer licensed in California to help collect a $13.8 million […]
A QR code visible on the face of an envelope embedded with an account number violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, according to a recent decision from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. A QR or “Quick Response” code is a type of bar code that can contain any […]
For the past 15 years lawyers have artfully drafted agreements that address such things as whether the accounts being worked are “in default” and whether the employees of an agency working the business are “de facto” employees of the creditor. Often the contract would require that those same employees be segregated from the rest of the company and/or working in isolated space. Numerous other provisions in First Party service agreements all have their genesis in deMayo. Times have changed.
The facts in Gelinas are only slightly different than those presented in Kostik. In the Gelinas case, the envelope in question displayed a series of 21 numbers, the last 10 of which were the original invoice number for the services rendered that created the outstanding balance due. (In Kostik the envelope displayed a barcode.)
In a decision filed on July 22, 2015, the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the case of Lisa Kostik v. ARS National Services, Inc., a new chapter is being written in the saga of what information can be displayed on the outside of an envelope a collector mails to a consumer.
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down a decision that went too far in holding that all litigation related activity is subject to the FDCPA. In pursuing their client’s judgment, an attorney and law firm obtained a garnishment against Nedzad Miljkovic. Miljkovic filed a claim for exemption in response, which the creditor disputed. However, the writ was eventually dissolved on the creditor’s attorney’s motion after Miljkovic provided discovery showing that his wages were exempt from garnishment.
Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) announced yesterday that it has collaborated with U.S. Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Duncan Hunter (CA-50) to create a bill that would exempt up to $2,500 worth of forgiven personal and household debt from federal taxation. The bill (H.R. 2640) was recently introduced as the “Consumer Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief Act of 2015.” This re-raises the 1099-C debate for the collection industry.
As part of a larger CFPB enforcement action announced today against Citibank, N.A., Department Stores National Bank (a Citibank subsidiary) will pay $23.8 million for deceptively charging expedited payment fees to nearly 1.8 million consumer accounts during collection calls.