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FTC, NY Attorney General to Host ‘Debt Collection Dialogue’

Microphone at conference hall.The FTC and the Office of the New York State Attorney General will host a “Debt Collection Dialogue,” aimed to be a conversation between government and business regarding consumer protection issues within the debt collection industry, in Buffalo, NY, on June 15. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will deliver opening remarks.

The afternoon program will be held at SUNY Buffalo State and will include a break and a Q&A period. Topics for discussion include recent enforcement actions, compliance issues, and consumer complaints regarding debt collection practices.

The event will be the first of a series of Debt Collection Dialogues that will be held over the summer. Dallas and Atlanta have already been released as locations for the upcoming talks. Each program will include speakers from the FTC and its state and federal law enforcement partners, who are to be announced.

The Buffalo discussion will also include speakers James Morrissey, assistant attorney general of New York State, Christopher Koegel, assistant director in the FTC Division of Financial Practices, Greg Nodler, senior counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy at the CFPB, and Joy Feigenbaum, executive deputy superintendent, Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection, New York State Department of Financial Services.

All events will be free and open to the public. More information is available at www.ftc.gov/DebtCollectionDialogue.

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