As part of an ongoing investigation, Propublica published a lengthy article by Paul Kiel titled For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued. The article discusses the practice of use of litigation to collect delinquent healthcare accounts in the State of Nebraska. It is clear that Mr. Kiel spent a considerable amount of time researching the story before publication. The story is less than flattering to the debt collection industry.
The debt industry has a story, but it is one told about it, rather than by it, generally. And, according to a crisis management consultant, that’s the wrong way for the industry’s stories to be told. Consumer media outlets — your Wall Street Journals; your nightly news segments; your Times, both Financial and New York […]
Yesterday the White House hosted a call together with the Dept. of ED and the CFPB to announce actions to ensure that student loan borrowers are aware of their options for repayment. The actions are wide-ranging, but don’t address material post-default issues.
Portfolio Recovery Associates will pay $18 million to resolve multidistrict litigation accusing the debt collection company of violating the TCPA by making autodialed phone calls to consumers without their consent, according to documents filed Monday in California federal court.
Data can be accurate, but without context it could mislead. That was the message former CFPB Senior Advisor Jim McCarthy delivered to industry attendees of last week’s insideARM Larger Market Participant Summit in Washington, D.C. The CFPB cares about data and accuracy, McCarthy noted, but it is not pairing collections complaint data with necessary context […]
Yesterday the CFPB announced that a New Jersey law firm and a debt purchasing company had agreed to pay $2.5 million in response to the agency’s assertions regarding the filing of “mass-produced” lawsuits. The law firm, Pressler & Pressler, issued a strong response, noting that no restitution or invalidation of judgments was required in the agreement, and that the settlement is not about laws or rules that are currently in place.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Alpha Recovery Corp announced today that it will be opening a second office on June 1, 2016, in Tempe, Arizona. Alpha Recovery Corp. is an Accounts Receivable Management firm that specializes in contingency collections, consulting, and asset sales services. “Our expansion has been a direct result of our growth this past […]
The CFPB intends for its consent orders to set industry-wide precedents. In March 2016, CFPB Director Richard Cordray referred to consent orders as a guide “to all participants in the marketplace to avoid similar violations and make an immediate effort to correct any such improper practices,” telling the Consumer Bankers Association that any company not following the precedents set by the CFPB’s consent orders is committing “compliance malpractice.”
The requirements for what debt collectors are required to provide in “snail mail” notices to consumers arises from a patchwork of Federal, State and local laws — as well as case law that often varies by jurisdiction — and many of the requirements are antiquated, dating back to the 1970s. Unfortunately, these dated and contradictory collection letter requirements continue to result in lawsuits and adverse Court decisions against debt collectors.
On April 7, 2016 a Judge for the US District Court, Eastern District of Texas, granted a motion for Summary Judgment against a Dallas-based debt collector, Commercial Recovery Systems, Inc. (CRS), and its owner Timothy L. Ford, in an FTC enforcement action. The behavior that was identified is appalling. If true, how it developed and continued is beyond belief.