Debt Collection

Saga over regulating debt collectors will continue in 2021

01/05/21

The CFPB issued two rulemakings in 2020 that the financial services industry and consumer advocates hoped would finally clarify key issues over how collectors contact debtors and deal with legacy debts. But both sides want the incoming Biden administration to make further changes.

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CFPB finalizes disclosure requirements for debt collectors

12/18/20

The agency's rule outlines steps collectors must take to inform consumers about an outstanding debt, and prohibits companies from pursuing lawsuits after a statute of limitations has ended.

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What debt collectors can and can't do under CFPB rule

10/30/20

The agency’s final rule modernizing the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act limits calls to seven per week, but collectors won stronger protections from liability claims and other key changes to the original proposal.

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Barrett could cement court’s restrictive view of debt collection cases

10/27/20

A 2019 decision by Amy Coney Barrett, then a 7th Circuit judge, cited an earlier Supreme Court ruling suggesting a high bar for plaintiffs to claim harm. But other jurists have favored a less onerous standard.

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‘Enigmatic’ CFPB chief could drop more surprises in a second Trump term

10/02/20

Kathy Kraninger’s job status would be in question if Joe Biden wins the White House. If the president is reelected, she may continue balancing a deregulatory agenda with her unexpectedly tough stance on enforcement.

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CFPB announces nationwide crackdown on abusive debt collectors

09/29/20

Through Operation Corrupt Collector, the bureau is coordinating with over 50 other state and federal agencies to target firms for wrongdoing and inform consumers of their rights

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CFPB gets tough with debt collectors as it readies rule

09/11/20

The financial industry has praised the measured approach taken in a pending regulation on permitted communications with consumers. But two recent complaints by the bureau against debt collectors reflect a potentially aggressive enforcement stance.

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Banks, consumer groups both got what they wanted in ‘mini-CFPB’ bill

08/31/20

The California plan to create a new, tougher state regulatory agency is at the finish line after lawmakers agreed to key exemptions for banks while maintaining strong enforcement measures for payday lenders and other firms.

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Why sluggish mail delivery matters to banks

08/21/20

Late fees on loan payments and late-arriving documents tied to forbearance and loan forgiveness are just some examples of how delays caused by cutbacks at the U.S. Postal Service could affect lenders and their customers.

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Student Loan Relief Update

08/15/20

Student loan relief provisions required by the CARES Act expire on September 30. Those protections included 1) for all federal direct loans: zero interest and automatic payment forbearance, 2) credit towards IDR and PSLF forgiveness for the 6 months covered by the Act, and importantly, 3) suspension of wage garnishments and other collections on defaulted loans.

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