The issue of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s alleged favoritism in rewarding a debt collection contract boiled over on the weekend as his office released official collection totals for last year and a prominent newspaper published a blistering editorial on the matter.
Lindorff, one of the largest debt collection companies in the world, announced today that it has purchased the debt recovery unit of Spanish bank Sabadell for €162 million ($218 million). The agreement calls for Lindorff to exclusively handle Banco Sabadell’s past-due loans for a period of at least 10 years.
Allied Collection Services, Inc. (ACSI), a specialty provider of collections, outsourcing, and litigation solutions based in Las Vegas, announced that it has hired Michael A. Chamberlain as Executive Vice President.
JJL Process, a technology and compliance leader in the process serving industry, has had a lot going on recently and a lot more planned. Scott Levine, President of JJL Process, commented that “we have had an unbelievable period of innovation and expansion in 2014 at the fastest pace in the company’s history.” The highlights are […]
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 […]