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ARM Law Firm Files Motion to Dismiss CFPB’s FDCPA Enforcement Action

Debt collection law firm Frederick J. Hanna & Associates filed a motion Friday to dismiss an enforcement action initiated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB's lawsuit accused the firm of filing too many collection lawsuits, which it said was a violation of the FDCPA.

Sneak Peak: What You’ll Learn at the Upcoming Free Compliance Management System Webinar

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Frost & Sullivan Award Highlights Momentum for Genesys

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Collection Agency in Visible Account Number FDCPA Case Requests Rehearing

A collection agency that late last month lost an appeal in the Third Circuit has filed a petition for a rehearing, according to ACA International. The case involved an account number being visible through the clear window of an envelope.

Consumer Group Calls for CFPB Oversight of Medical Debt Collection in Report

The National Consumer Law Center this week published a report calling for the CFPB to supervise larger collection agencies that focus on medical accounts, effectively changing a conclusion the Bureau had already reached with regard to healthcare debt.

ARMing Heroes Announces Donor Dog Tags Promo with Start of Annual Fundraiser

ARMing Heroes, the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, today announced the start of the organization’s fifth annual No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive, which runs from September 11th through Veterans Day, November 11th, every year.

Executive Change: Pyramid Healthcare Solutions Names New Chairman and CEO

Salient Business Solutions, the revenue cycle management and business outsourcing consulting arm of the India-based Avantha Group, has announced leadership changes for its fully owned subsidiary Pyramid Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of revenue cycle management services for the healthcare industry based in Clearwater, Fla.

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

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Regulators Urge Caution and Full Disclosure on Time-Barred Debt Collection

At a collection conference in Las Vegas, regulators shared some insight into how they view out-of-statute debt. They called for fuller disclosures to consumers, both on legal action (agencies can't take any) and responsibility to pay (the consumer, in an out-of-stat-debt situation, has none). Will the insight make it into the Policies and Procedures of collection agencies, though?

U.S. Rep. Proposes Sweeping Changes to FCRA, Including Furnisher Mandates

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Debt Buying

Arkansas Supreme Court: Out-of-State Debt Buyers Must be Licensed

The Arkansas Supreme Court late last week ruled that an out-of-state debt buyer that “retains a licensed Arkansas lawyer to collect on the delinquent accounts and file lawsuits on its behalf in Arkansas” meets the definition of “collection agency” in the state and must be properly licensed as such.

ARMing Heroes Announces Donor Dog Tags Promo with Start of Annual Fundraiser

ARMing Heroes, the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, today announced the start of the organization’s fifth annual No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive, which runs from September 11th through Veterans Day, November 11th, every year.

Regulators Urge Caution and Full Disclosure on Time-Barred Debt Collection

At a collection conference in Las Vegas, regulators shared some insight into how they view out-of-statute debt. They called for fuller disclosures to consumers, both on legal action (agencies can't take any) and responsibility to pay (the consumer, in an out-of-stat-debt situation, has none). Will the insight make it into the Policies and Procedures of collection agencies, though?

U.S. Rep. Proposes Sweeping Changes to FCRA, Including Furnisher Mandates

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