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FTC, CFPB to Co-Host Roundtable on Data Integrity in Debt Collection

I will be attending a joint FTC-CFPB roundtable on data integrity in debt collection on June 6, at the FTC’s Satellite Building Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Consumer advocates, industry experts, regulators and more will attend the roundtable to discuss what information is available to collectors and how it is being used in the debt collection process. Panelists will also examine the verification of disputed debts under the FDCPA and FCRA; debt collection litigation and time-barred debts.

CFPB Releases Annual FDCPA Report to Congress

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today released its Annual Report to Congress on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The Report outlines the consumer complaints received by the Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission relating to FDCPA practices, the Bureau’s efforts in supervising persons subject to the FDCPA, its enforcement, education and outreach efforts and its research and policy initiatives. A chapter is also devoted to the cooperative efforts of the Bureau and the FTC. Technology has played a role in making debt collection more efficient and compliant, the Report found. At the same time, “abuses still exist and the industry remains a top…

Are Significant Changes on the Horizon for Debt Sales?

Earlier this month, Reuters reported that several state attorneys general are engaged in a coordinated investigation of the defaulted debt sales practices by some of the nation’s largest banks. Last fall, the American Banker reported that Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood was looking at JPMorgan Chase’s debt sales practices. The Federal Trade Commission released its study last month entitled The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry. And then there are  remarks recently delivered by Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Bureau”), at the first meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board: [A] creditor may decide to sell [a defaulted debt] to or contract with…

CFPB Exam Primer for Law Firms

Here are the slides from my presentation The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Impact on the Practice of Law made to the New Jersey Creditor’s Bar Association (NJCBA) on February 19, 2013. The NJCBA is a terrific organization supporting attorneys engaged in the practice of collection and credit law in New Jersey. Anyone interested in membership should drop me a line at   

Presenting “Ready or Not, Here Comes the CFPB” at DBA International’s Conference Feb. 7

What would it be like to undergo a CFPB examination? What will be the CFPB’s focus in examining debt purchasers and what methods will the CFPB use to gather information about their operations? Find out at the DBA International Conference next week where I’ll be presenting Ready or Not, Here Comes the CFPB with some of the best and brightest on this topic  —  my colleagues Alan Kaplinsky and Chris Willis from Ballard Sphar, who bring you, and Tomio Narita from Simmonds & Narita LLP, author of the FDCPA Defense Blog. More information about DBA International and its Annual Conference in…

Michigan State Bar Questions CFPB’s Authority to Regulate Attorneys

I ran across this post at the State Bar of Michigan Blog ( It is the first state bar organization to mention the regulation of attorneys by CFPB fiat. There you have it — go Michigan, you’re #1! You can read it for yourself here. Let me know if your State or local bar has weighed in. wellesenterprises  

November 6 Webinar: What Debt Collectors, Debt Buyers, and Collection Lawyers Need To Know About the CFPB Larger Participant Rule and CFPB Exams

Election Day is next Tuesday and it is also an opportunity to learn more about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s plans to regulate attorneys and small businesses. Join me at 11:30 am ET along with Alan Kaplinsky, Chris Willis and John Culhane of Ballard Spahr for this webinar on the Larger Participant Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week. I’ll be discussing the CFPB’s plan to regulate even small businesses and law firms it deems as “service providers.” Ballard Spahr publishes the which is a must read for anyone connected to the consumer financial services industry. This…

POTUS Laudes CFPB in Weekly Address

In his October 27, 2012 weekly address to the Nation, President Obama praised recent efforts of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Among the highlights: “[The CFPB’s] only mission is to fight for you.” “[The CFPB] recently ordered three big credit card companies to return more than $400 million dollars to folks who were deceived or mislead . . . that’s what Wall Street Reform is all about . . .” “[Republicans in Congress] backed by an army of financial industry lobbyists, they’ve been waging an all out battle to delay, defund and dismantle these new rules.” ” . . .the true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector —…

CFPB Releases Larger Non-Bank Participant Rule – Small Businesses and Law Firms Impacted

Last night, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Larger Non-Bank Participant Rule. The Rule is available here. In addition to releasing the Rule, the CFPB  released an examination manual and a fact sheet. Some highlights: The Rule is effective January 2, 2013 — 70 days from today. The Rule provides a description of the examination process. It does not apply to entities that originate credit. A person is subject to the Rule if they have more than $10 million in “annual receipts” resulting from consumer debt collection. “Annual receipts” is derived from a three-year average of receipts. “Annual receipts” does not include “those receipts that…

Gov’t Enforcement Actions Against CFS Industry Heating Up

As Fall brings a chill to early morning weather, a string of federal agency enforcement actions are supplying a lot of unwanted heat for the consumer financial services industry. Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has entered into a Consent Order with Equifax Information Services LLC, over charges that it had allegedly improperly sold lists of consumers who were late on their mortgage payments. The Consent Order requires Equifax to pay nearly $393,000 to the FTC. In a separate action, an Equifax customer will pay the FTC civil penalties of $1.2 million under a Consent Order concerning its alleged use of the same lists…

Prof. Chris Peterson Joins the CFPB

As reported today in the Consumer Law and Policy Blog, University of Utah Law Professor Christopher L. Peterson joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy. Although Professor Peterson and I do not see eye to eye on many issues, over the past decade his scholarly works have impacted consumer financial services law. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Chris speak on consumer financial services law, do so. You might not like what you hear, but he knows how to make his point in a way that captures your attention.

CFPB Plans to Regulate The Practice of Law

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its proposed rule “Defining Larger Participants in Certain Consumer Financial Product and Service Market.” The proposed rule calls for the CFPB to regulate certain attorneys to protect the public welfare. Why? Becuase, Collection attorneys and law firms may collect through litigation (i.e., filing suit against consumers to collect debt). How dare those attorneys file complaints and litigate lawsuits. You can bet I’ll have a little more on the topic in a few days.