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New York DFS Tables Latest Version of Its Proposed Debt Collection Rule

new york debt collection rulesMarch 15 was the deadline for the New York State Department of Financial Services to publish its proposed amendments to its debt collection rule. It didn’t and so they have expired. While the latest version of the proposed amendments has expired, you can bet on DFS releasing an updated version in the coming months.

DFS is certainly aware that the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection proposed to substantially overhaul its debt collection rule last year and did so well after DFS released its first proposal. The two rules don’t always align, and stakeholders raised the issue with both agencies.

On top of that, New York state Sen. Kevin Thomas has introduced legislation to expand the scope of New York’s Consumer Credit Fairness Act to cover all consumer debt, not just the “consumer credit transactions” to which it now applies. If the bill becomes law, it would have made irrelevant certain of  DFS’ proposed amendments.  

We should expect the new DFS proposal to address the several comments it received. And it makes sense that the agency let the proposed rule amendments expire. By doing so it can digest DCWP’s rule (if it publishes one) and incorporate the expansion of the NYCCFA, should Sen. Thomas’ bill become law.

On April 12, I’ll be speaking on New York debt collection regulation at the 18th annual Credit and Collection News Conference in La Jolla, California. It’s a unique opportunity to explore New York issues impacting the credit and collections industry in detail, both regulatory and litigation, including recent activity from New York Attorney General Letitia James. Other presentations include talks from CFPB and FTC staff and an update on California regulatory affairs. You can register here.

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Donald Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has successfully argued before the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including as counsel for amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB, and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as outside counsel to RMA International, on the governing Board of Regents of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, and on the New York City Bar Association's Consumer Affairs Committee. From 2014 to 2017, he chaired the ABA's Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee. For more information, see

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