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Consumer advocate urges CFPB to ban debt sales with seller disclaimers

We recently wrote about a new report from the National Consumer Law Center that urges the CFPB to ban the collection of debts on which the statute of limitations has run. In a blog post that was published earlier this week on...more

Second Circuit Affirms Certification of Consumer Debt Collection Class, Distinguishing Comcast v. Behrend

These cases, on a consolidated appeal, involved three defendants: a company that purchased consumer debts, a debt collection law firm, and a process server. Plaintiffs had each been sued in various debt collection actions by...more

Sixth Circuit Holds that a “Settlement Offer” is Misleading Under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act

What happens when a debt buyer sends a letter to a debtor offering to “settle” a debt—one whose statute of limitations has run? In the Sixth Circuit, at least, a claim that the communication violates the Fair Debt Collection...more

Protecting Consumer Data in Sale of Debt Portfolio

On February 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) describing its consumer protection efforts in 2014 in the area of debt collection. As reflected in the...more

New York Issues Guidance on New Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services has issued guidance about its new Third-Party Debt Collector and Debt Buyer Regulations in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The FAQs provide insight on the scope...more

“Start Spreading the News”: Recent New York Regulations Impact Debt Collection and Default Servicing

Last month, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) finalized a regulation with a number of novel requirements affecting debt collection (including servicing delinquent loans) in New York. Previously, debt...more

Beginners Guide to Understanding Debt Collection Lawsuits Filed by Portfolio Recovery Associates in Arizona

Portfolio Recovery Associates (“PRA”) is a debt buying company that purchases old, charged-off debts and then tries to collect on them, often by filing debt collection lawsuits. Portfolio Recovery Associates is one of the...more

How a Default Judgment is Entered in Arizona – And Strategies to Avoid It

If you have been sued by one of the big debt buyers like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery Associates, or Cavalry SPV the one thing you want to avoid is a default judgment. A default judgment will be entered against you if...more

3 Secret Strategies to Winning Your Case With Portfolio Recovery Associates (Or Any Other Junk Debt Buyer)

The law in Arizona as it applies to cases brought by junk debt buyers like Portfolio Recovery Associates is somewhat in flux. This has resulted in rulings from the various courts that can be all over the place. Often the...more

Quick Guide to the Typical Debt Collection Timeline (And Why You Should Care)

If you are dealing with past due debts you no-doubt understand the confusion of what company is trying to collect what debt on behalf of who? (If that makes sense?). Well before a debt ends up in the hands of a junk debt...more

What Types of Debt Collectors Can Be Sued for Abusive Debt Collection Tactics?

Debt Collectors: These are companies and individuals who do nothing but debt collection. They are no the original creditor and don’t work directly for the original creditor but work for an outside collection agency. If...more

Why You Shouldn’t Enter Into a Payment Plan with a Junk Debt Buyer

People want to pay their debts. That is why when a junk debt buyer like Midland Funding, CACH, LLC, Cavalry SPV, or Portfolio Recovery comes along and threatens to file a lawsuit over a junk debt it allegedly purchased, many...more

Top 5 Consumer Articles in 2014!

Each year on New Year’s Eve I like to take a look back at the articles I published and which ones helped the most people. During 2014 over 85,000 people from 146 countries read the articles on my blog! It always amazes the...more

3 Factors that Will Make or Break Your Case Against Portfolio Recovery Associates

I dedicate almost all of my work week to fighting junk debt buyers like Portfolio Recovery Associates, Midland Funding, LLC, and Cavalry SPV I, LLC. My extensive experience in handling these types of cases has put me in the...more

The Bankruptcy Discharge, Debt Buyers, and Credit Reporting: Recent Developments

Recent news stories by The New York Times and NPR have brought much attention to a question that many creditors likely face on a regular basis: When a debt is sold to a debt buyer prior to the debtor entering bankruptcy, what...more

Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer for Your Midland Funding Case

Finding a lawyer to represent you in your debt collection lawsuit against junk debt buyers like Midland Funding, Portfolio Recovery, CACH, LLC (or any other junk debt buyer) can be a difficult task. There aren’t a lot of...more

12 of the Most Aggressive Junk Debt Buyers in Arizona

Over the years I have battled a lot of different junk debt buyers here in Arizona and while the underlying business model is generally the same between them all (they buy charged off debts and sue people), there are some...more

Community Banking Excellence - Issue 4, 2014

In This Issue: - Another Perspective - From the Editor - Executive Compensation: It May be Limiting Your Choices - Community Banks Adding Prepaid Products Face New Imperatives - Discharge, Debt Buyers and...more

Possible Tax Consequences of Debt Settlement

People want to pay their debts. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 11 years of practicing law is that people generally want to pay the debts that they have incurred. People usually hire me when they simply...more

New York Announces New Regulations of Abusive Third-Party Debt Collection Practices

On December 3, New York Governor Cuomo announced that the DFS finalized regulations to help end abusive debt collection practices. The new regulations will (i) require debt collectors and debt buyers to provide enhanced...more

How to Defeat the “Account Stated” Claim in Your Midland Funding Lawsuit

When junk debt buyers like Midland Funding file a lawsuit they often don’t have the evidence and documents they need to prove that you had a contract with the original creditor. Because of this they will often not only sue...more

“But They Owe Someone, Right?” – The Importance of Keeping the Court Focused in Your CACH, LLC Lawsuit

Recently I had oral argument on a Motion for Summary Judgment in a debt buyer lawsuit. During my presentation I was arguing that there was no evidence that my client owed any money to the debt buyer, CACH, LLC. The judge in...more

New York Issues Far-Reaching Debt Collection Regulations

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) published its final debt collection regulations on December 3, 2014, following an extensive rulemaking period. The regulations impose requirements on third-party debt...more

Loan to Own: A Potpourri of Bankruptcy Attacks

Colony Beach & Tennis Club Ass’n, Inc. v. Colony Lender, LLC (In re Colony Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.), 508 B.R. 468 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014) – Three affiliated debtors (RMI, CBTC and CBI) proposed a plan of...more

FTC Continues Regulatory Scrutiny of the Debt Buying Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently obtained temporary injunctions against two passive debt buyers, which are companies that buy and sell debt portfolios and exclusively use third-party debt collectors. In complaints...more

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