Lawsuits against ARM firms citing violations of the FDCPA increased slightly in July, but were still on pace to finish far below the number filed in 2013. TCPA lawsuits also bucked their 2014 trend by decreasing on a month-over-month basis, but still remain on pace to grow significantly for the year.
A man who once ran what seemed to be a legitimate debt collection operation before resorting to overtly criminal behavior was sentenced Wednesday to 175 months in federal prison for stealing client money, identity theft, and a ton of other federal financial fraud crimes.
A recent Circuit Court opinion examined the issue of what constitutes adequate verification in the context of multiple requests for validation by the consumer focused on a specific portion of a debt. While it has been argued that the case requires a debt collector to provide itemized statements whenever any request for validation is received, this interpretation is not borne out by a careful reading of the case and other applicable precedent.
A business group headed by former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has launched a public relations campaign against the CFPB’s open access complaints database. A new proposal from the agency to include consumer narratives appears to be the impetus for the action.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that a defendant collection agency was entitled to some $33,000 in attorney’s fees and costs in an FDCPA case found to be brought in bad faith and specifically for the purpose of harassment.
Is that interesting enough? No? Well, it involved an outspoken consumer advocate’s gloating posts on a debtor-focused message board, posts that ultimately led to the awarding of fees.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office reached a settlement with one of the largest debt collection firms in New York State to ensure that it does not file legal actions against New Yorkers to collect on payday loans.
Net profit and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) at U.S. debt collection agencies declined in 2013 after recovering from the depths of the recession, according to a new report published today by insideARM.com.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently being urged to provide guidance and make rules more clear in its regulation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Two separate petitions for clarification have received attention lately, including from a group of U.S. Representatives.
The number of debt collection complaints published by the CFPB in the second quarter of 2014 virtually mirrors the number published in the previous quarter. In Q2, the CFPB published 10,265 complaints related to debt collection compared to 10,231 in Q1.
Many debt collection companies record calls to ensure quality and compliance in their operations. This practice has proven a double-edged sword, as it makes agencies possibly vulnerable to liability under state statutes regulating call recording. California’s call recording statute may be the most draconian of all, but that might be changing after a recent ruling.