The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released its long-awaited Outline of Proposed Rules governing third-party debt collectors. The proposal, released in advance of today’s 2:00 PM EDT CFPB Debt Collection Field Hearing in McClellan Park, California, is 117 pages and covers a wide range of topics that had been raised nearly three years ago […]
Encore Capital Group, Inc. subsidiary Midland Credit Management Inc. (Midland), and several related companies have agreed to a settlement in multi-district TCPA litigation accusing the Defendants of violating the TCPA when trying to reach debtors. This is the fourth large TCPA settlement in July alone.
Yesterday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals entered a ruling affirming a district court’s decision that a debt collector’s filing of a proof of claim in the consumer’s Chapter 13 bankruptcy case based on an out-of-statute debt was not a false, deceptive or misleading debt collection practice.
NORFOLK, Va., — PRA Group, Inc. (PRAA), announced that it has acquired eGov Systems, a provider of web-based payment portals and integrated revenue administration solutions for the government sector. The transaction will allow PRA’s government business to develop and maintain scalable online payment portals, as well as enhance its ability to expand its services and […]
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to review a Second Circuit decision that found state usury laws applied to debt that had been purchased from a national bank. The case was significant for debt buyers, as it would have simplified decisions regarding applicable interest rates.
New mandatory credit bureau reporting process changes that had been announced earlier this year will become effective this Wednesday, June 15. The three major credit bureaus issued a memo in March, stating that the purpose is to provide consumers more transparency. The bureaus established the plan in conjunction with several states’ Attorneys General. New requirements […]
While DBA International disagrees with certain broad characterizations of the debt buying industry contained in the June 5th episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” we wholeheartedly agree with the premise of the show that unscrupulous activity within the industry harms consumers.
On last night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO the host dedicated the entire show to absolutely skewering the debt-buying industry. He has recently done shows on other industry-related topics, including predatory lending and student loan debt. With great hype, Oliver “gave away” $15 million (in the form of forgiven debt), double the value of the infamous Oprah Winfrey car giveaway.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Thursday, May 19th, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed SB 771/ HB 1491 (Chapter 579) into law, addressing the treatment of out-of-statute debt and statutorily codifies several provisions contained in the Maryland Rules of Procedure (MRP) concerning the litigation of consumer debt. Given that the language from the MRP was copied verbatim, DBA International […]
A Baltimore jury delivered a verdict against Las Vegas-based debt buyer LVNV. At $38 million, it is the largest judgment against a debt collector in Maryland history.