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State Legislature Committee to Consider Strict Debt Buyer Bill After Industry Input

A committee in the Oregon House of Representatives next week will consider a bill that could place extensive new requirements on debt buyers that file collection lawsuits against consumers. In a public hearing late last month, debt buyers expressed opposition to the bill as introduced noting "this legislation has very significant problems."

Executive Change: Melissa Hobbs Joins SKYLINK Group of Companies as SVP

The SKYLINK Group of Companies today announced that Melissa Hobbs, has joined the firm in a newly created position, as a Senior Vice President and member of our executive team, reporting to Jason Brunet, Chief Business Development Officer.

New Proprietary Service is Now Available Exclusively for ARM Executives

Kaulkin Ginsberg is launching KG Prime, a distinctive, member-only information service designed exclusively for the leaders of accounts receivable management (ARM) firms.

DBA International Offers Webinar on Understanding the New Risks in the Bankruptcy Claim Process

DBA International is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd on understanding the new risks in the bankruptcy claim process. Companies that participate in the bankruptcy claims process have faced a flood of litigation since the 2014 Crawford opinion by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Sides with Government in Student Loan Debt Collection Contract Dispute Ruling

A judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Tuesday dismissed a complaint against the Department of Education brought by student loan debt collection contractors that disagreed with the agency’s decision to end its relationship with some collectors while expanding its business with others. But the decision was narrow and is likely to be appealed, with additional questions needing an answer before the matter is finally settled.

FTC’s Settlement with Two Debt Portfolio Brokers a Continuation of a Trend in ARM Industry

The FTC Monday announced that it has reached final settlements with two debt portfolio brokers for disclosing too much personal information about debtors in online postings marketing their portfolios for sale. The FTC announced the cases last year, and today’s announcement highlighted new security requirements for the brokers going forward.

Credit Consulting Service Awarded “Large Business of the Year”

Credit Consulting Services, Inc. a collection agency based in Salinas, California, was awarded “Large Business of the Year” by the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s 94th Annual Award Luncheon. The event was held in front of 500 people at the Salinas Community Center on February 26th.

FTC and State AG Team Up on Fake Debt Collection Agency in Illinois

The FTC and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that they have obtained a court order temporarily halting a fake debt collection scam located in a suburb of Chicago. The defendants are charged with illegally using threats and intimidation tactics to coerce consumers to pay payday loan debts they either did not owe, or did not owe to the defendants.

Executive Changes: KM² Solutions Leadership Transitions Yield to a Promising Future

KM² Solutions, a leading US-based contact center services provider, announces leadership transitions to its senior management team. These transitions reflect the company’s recent growth and its continued focus on strong leadership and innovation.

Account Control Technology Foundation Releases “Beware the Debt Monster” Video forNational Financial Literacy Month

The Account Control Technology Foundation (herein ACT Foundation), a non-profit, charitable organization established by the founders of Account Control Technology, Inc. (ACT), has announced the release of "Beware the Debt Monster," a short video aimed at building financial literacy by highlighting the dangers of monstrous or unaddressed debt.

Debt Buying

State Legislature Committee to Consider Strict Debt Buyer Bill After Industry Input

A committee in the Oregon House of Representatives next week will consider a bill that could place extensive new requirements on debt buyers that file collection lawsuits against consumers. In a public hearing late last month, debt buyers expressed opposition to the bill as introduced noting "this legislation has very significant problems."

$25 Million Facility Expands InVenio’s Debt Purchasing Capacity

InVenio Financial, the debt purchasing affiliate of Phillips & Cohen Associates, Ltd (PCA), is delighted to announce the completion of a $25 million credit facility from U.S.-based Javlin Capital (Javlin), enabling InVenio to acquire increased volumes of deceased account portfolios across all the countries it services.

NY AG Settles with Major Debt Buyer Over Collection Lawsuits

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Wednesday announced a settlement with a publicly traded debt buyer that the AG said was prompted by the ARM firm’s practice of "bringing improper debt collection actions against hundreds of New York consumers" specifically on debts that were time-barred under state law.

DBA International Offers Webinar on Understanding the New Risks in the Bankruptcy Claim Process

DBA International is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd on understanding the new risks in the bankruptcy claim process. Companies that participate in the bankruptcy claims process have faced a flood of litigation since the 2014 Crawford opinion by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

FTC’s Settlement with Two Debt Portfolio Brokers a Continuation of a Trend in ARM Industry

The FTC Monday announced that it has reached final settlements with two debt portfolio brokers for disclosing too much personal information about debtors in online postings marketing their portfolios for sale. The FTC announced the cases last year, and today’s announcement highlighted new security requirements for the brokers going forward.

PRA Group Receives Award for Global M&A Deal of the Year

PRA Group (Nasdaq:PRAA), a global leader in acquiring defaulted receivables, was named a Global M&A Deal of the Year recipient in the M&A Atlas Awards for its acquisition of Norway-based Aktiv Kapital AS. PRA was selected as the Global M&A Deal of the Year in the $1 billion to $5 billion category. The award specifically […]

DBA International Recognized by Michigan Legislature with Senate Resolution

The Michigan Legislature adopted a resolution on March 26, 2015 recognizing and commending DBA International for its efforts to protect consumers and creditors through its national Receivables Management Certification Program.

DBA International Makes Appointments to Certification Council

DBA International’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Sullivan (HS Financial Group, LLC) to the eleven-member DBA Certification Council. Sullivan was appointed to represent the interests of third party collection agencies.

Unifund Group Announces Acquisition of First Resolution Investment Corporation

Unifund Group (Unifund) announced today it has furthered its long term growth plan with the acquisition of First Resolution Investment Corporation (FRIC). The purchase includes all assets of FRIC, including approximately 72,000 accounts and a face value of $1B.

CFPB Seeks Input on Credit Card Market, Including Collection and Debt Sales Practices

The CFPB announced Tuesday it is seeking public comment on how the credit card market is functioning and the impact of the Bureau’s credit card protections on consumers and issuers. This inquiry will focus on issues including credit card terms, the use of consumer disclosures, credit card debt collection practices, and rewards programs.

Debt Recovery

Allied Global Acquires Alliance iCommunications

Allied Global, a leading service provider in the accounts receivable management industry, is very pleased to announce the acquisition of Alliance iCommunications. Alliance provides inbound and outbound call center services specializing in customer care, customer acquisition & retention, and roadside assistance. Alliance was founded in London, Ontario 20 years ago by Dave and Sheila LeClair […]

Free Webinar Looks at Best Practices in Internal Audits

Under CFPB supervision and oversight, collection agencies are now mandated to conduct internal audits of policies and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance. But internal audits aren’t just about an agency’s internal workings: you’d better be prepared to answer for all of your business associates and vendors while you’re at it. Without the right process in […]

The CFPB Has a Back-to-School Reading List for You

LAS VEGAS — During the panel discussion on Impacts of Regulations, Greg Nodler, an enforcement attorney for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, suggested that those in the debt industry should spend some time making themselves acquainted with three CFPB Bulletins: CFPB Bulletin 2013-08 (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Dodd-Frank Act) Date: July 10, […]

Free Webinar Promises World-Class Compliance on a Budget

If you think developing a compliance management system is too costly — try getting sued. A growing trend in CFPB compliance for small- and medium-sized collection agencies and debt buyers is to retain a third party with the experience, skills and infrastructure to help them develop, support and drive their in house compliance management system. […]

White Paper Shows How Statistical Models Can Improve Medical Debt Collections

Available free for download, SunGard’s AvantGard, provider of statistical scoring models and corporate liquidity solutions, has a new whitepaper: How Statistical Models Can Help Navigate the Future of Medical Debt Collections.

Compliance Acronym Stew: Is Your Collection Agency at Risk? Part I: SSAE-16

Our highly-regulated industry is replete with acronyms and regulations. Over the past year, many organizations have been setting up a Compliance Management System (“CMS”) to meet client requirements and to prevent costly lawsuits and fines. But are agencies focusing on the right thing? Or are they spinning their wheels and wasting money?

New Whitepaper Reveals Three Strategies to Shrink Bad Debt

Despite the advances of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) related to patient debt (establishing maximum out-of-pocket expenses and other protections), most healthcare finance analysts believe bad debt will increase over the coming years. LexisNexis, in this free whitepaper, has put together recommended best practices from a wide range of healthcare providers who […]

Healthcare Receivables Experts Examine the Healthcare Marketplace

insideARM.com had an opportunity to talk with both Kevin Vernon-Harris, Consulting Director, Experian Health; and Astrid Blackmon, Senior Vice President of Operations, USCB America Inc. Vernon-Harris and Blackmon will be panelists on an upcoming Ontario Systems healthcare-focused webinar, and their insight into the variety of opportunities and risks in this particular market will make for a can’t-miss afternoon’s discussion.

FDCPA Lawsuits on Track for Third Straight Year of Declines

Lawsuits against ARM companies filed by consumers under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) are on track to decline again in 2014. If the trend holds, it would be the third-straight year of declines in total FDCPA lawsuits after years of rapid growth.

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insideARM.com is looking to get feedback from readers regarding topics on which we should be focusing our attention. To do that, we’ve developed a survey that will only take you about a minute to complete: http://insidearm.polldaddy.com/s/insidearm-com-s-research-library-survey. The survey provides a listing of topics. Check the ones you’re interested in. And you’re done. It’s that simple, […]

 

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