Archive for March 2014

FCC Says TCPA Clarification Coming Soon

According to a blog post made by Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, immediate changes are needed to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to address the flood of litigation caused by its own “complex and unclear” rules. Citing changes in business models and methods of communications he notes that the FCC’s rules have become “complex and unclear”

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CFPB Issues Report on Debt Collection – What Does it Reveal?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report today outlining its efforts and objectives in regulating, supervising and enforcing against debt collectors. The report is available here.  Past CFPB reports have provided guidance on where the bureau might be headed in its regulation, supervision and enforcement efforts. This year’s report is no different. It notes the growth of medical

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7th Circuit FDCPA Decision Sides with CFPB, FTC on Time Barred Debt

Earlier this week the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the consolidated appeals of McMahon v. LVNV Funding, LLC and Delgado v. Capital Management Services, L.P., concerning the collection of time barred debt without the threat of litigation. The result is not good for the credit and collections industry, principally because it further

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FTC Obtains Ex Parte Order Shutting Down Debt Collector

The Federal Trade Commission reported yesterday that on Feb. 24, it obtained an ex parte temporary restraining order from a New York federal court freezing the assets of Federal Check Processing, Inc. and related entities.  The TRO also appointed a temporary receiver for the defendants pending a hearing on March 17. According to the FTC’s press release, the

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CFPB Calls For Greater Data Integrity in Debt Collection

Recent remarks from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Steven Antonakes indicate that the CFPB remains particularly interested in data integrity during debt collection. Speaking at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Annual Conference in Washington yesterday, Antonakes said the bureau is “concerned that the accuracy of account information degrades as it passed on from the original creditor to debt collection firms

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