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Collection Industry Under the CFPB Microscope. Learn How to Protect Yourself

A record 12,788 lawsuits were filed in 2011 against accounts receivable management companies for regulatory violations, with the majority related to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This year began with increased concern from the collection industry as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows heightened interest in debt collectors. With this increased scrutiny, collection companies are under the microscope even more than before. Companies face potential litigation, fines and negative publicity if they attempt to collect on past-due consumers without proper handling. It’s now critical to identify accounts with a protected status before making collection efforts, in order to minimize legal risk and optimize your resources.[ READ MORE ]

New Rule Proposed by the CFPB

Since President Obama used a recess “appointment” to name former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in January, the new director and the bureau have hit the ground running. In February, the CFPB released a proposed rule that defined third-party debt collectors with more than $10 million in annual receipts and consumer reporting agencies with more than $7 million in receipts as “larger market participants.” This is the first of many proposed rules that will define the larger market participants that will be susceptible to the bureau’s nonbank supervision program.[ READ MORE ]