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CBA responded to the CFPB’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on debt collections. In its notice, the Bureau cites it is the first agency with the authority to issue substantive rules under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a law governing the practices of third-party collectors and debt buyers. The Bureau may address first-party debt collection activities under its unfair, deceptive and abusive practices (UDAAP) authority. The ANPR is the Bureau’s initial step towards issuing new rules regulating the relationship between creditors, third-party debt collectors and consumers.
- July 15, 2016The CFPB announced it will hold a field hearing in Sacramento, CA on Thursday, July 28, 2016, focused on debt collection. The hearing will likely focus on third-party debt collectors, collection attorneys and debt buying firms. The Bureau has not released a list of participants, though such hearings traditionally include representatives of various consumer groups and industry participants to...April 25, 2016On Monday, April 25, 2016, the CFPB entered into a consent order with a debt collection law firm Pressler & Pressler LLP and debt buying firm New Century Financial Services, Inc. The Bureau alleges the firm engaged in violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the ban on unfair, deceptive or abusive acts and practices when it “filed hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against...March 30, 2016On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the CFPB issued a consent order to stop a student loan debt relief scam which allegedly tricked borrowers into paying fees for federal loan benefits and misrepresented to consumers it was affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. The CFPB ordered the company, Student Aid Institute, Inc., and its CEO, Steven Lamont, to pay a penalty, halt debt relief services...March 29, 2016On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the CFPB released its latest monthly consumer complaint snapshot , focusing this month on debt collection and the state of Florida. The Bureau received 834,400 complaints across all covered products as of March 1, 2016, of which debt collection complaints represent 26 percent (or 219,200). The most frequent complaints included continued attempts to collect debt not...March 18, 2016On Friday, March 18, 2016, a federal district court entered final judgment against debt relief company Morgan Drexen, Inc., resolving a lawsuit filed by the CFPB in August of 2013. The Bureau’s lawsuit against Morgan Drexen alleged the company charged illegal upfront fees and deceived consumers. The court found the company violated federal law, prohibited Morgan Drexen from collecting any further...March 17, 2016On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the CFPB requested a federal district court enter a final judgment and order the shutdown of Student Loan Processing.US, a student debt relief operation. The company allegedly charged customers millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees for federal student loan services. If the proposed consent judgment is entered by the court, Student Loan Processing must close...February 23, 2016On Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the CFPB issued two consent orders against Citibank, settling allegations the bank engaged in illegal debt collection and debt sales practices. In the first action , the Bureau alleges Citibank violated Dodd-Frank’s ban on unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices when it sold consumer credit card debt to debt buyers with “inflated interest rates” and failed to...January 28, 2016On Thursday, January 28, 2016 the CFPB released the latest edition of its Monthly Complaint Report , which focused on complaints in the New York Metro area, as well as those falling into the “other financial services” category. Below are notable takeaways: For three months in a row, the top three “Most Complained about Companies” are credit bureaus, not banks. Prepaid complaints showed the...January 22, 2016On Friday, January 22, 2016, in anticipation of severe winter storms, the OCC issued a statement authorizing national banks and other federal savings associations in potentially impacted areas to close, but cautioned them on their responsibility to consumers. The agency reminded banks of their obligations to aid financial institutions and consumers affected by the storm, and recognized the...December 28, 2015On Monday, December 28, 2015, the CFPB filed a proposed consent order in federal court to settle its enforcement case against Frederick J. Hanna & Associates, a Georgia-based debt collection law firm. If agreed to by the court, this would close a contentious case where the defendant argued the Bureau lacks the authority to regulate the litigation activities of lawyers. In its July 2014...