In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ACA International has asked the CFPB for a 30-day extension of the deadline for filing comments on its supplemental debt collection proposal.  The proposal would require debt collectors to make specified disclosures when collecting time-barred debts.  The current comment deadline is May 4, 2020.

The CFPB has issued a proposal that would require debt collectors to make specified disclosures when collecting time-barred debts (Disclosure Proposal).  The Disclosure Proposal supplements the Bureau’s proposed debt collection rule issued in May 2019 (May Proposal).  Comments on the Disclosure Proposal must be filed no later than 60 days after the date it is

Our podcast looks at industry and consumer comments and perspectives on key issues, including the proposal’s potential implications for creditors collecting their own debts through UDAAP/UDAP and state collection laws, its approach to electronic communications and “meaningful attorney involvement,” and whether a final rule should address information transfers and file reviews or collecting time-barred debt. 

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) has filed a letter commenting on the CFPB’s proposed debt collection rule.  Ballard Spahr served as counsel to the CBA in preparing the comment letter.

In the letter, the CBA urges the Bureau to make various revisions and clarifications to the proposal, including the following:

  • Taking the following steps to

In this podcast, we team with Bridgeforce, a leading financial services consultancy, to discuss how companies can prepare their operations should the CFPB’s proposed debt collection rule become final.  We look at the operational approaches available to companies in implementing the rule and legal considerations raised by each, the need for an assessment of assets

In this podcast, we examine the compliance challenges arising from the provision of the CFPB’s proposed debt collection rule that allows collectors to leave a limited content phone message that would not violate the FDCPA’s third party disclosure prohibition.  In addition to the requirement for a collector to leave the name of a natural person

In this podcast, we discuss in detail certain provisions of the CFPB’s Proposed Debt Collection Rule that create the possibility of a collector providing disclosures to consumers by means of electronic communications. Among other things, we detail the scope, requirements and limitations related to such electronic communications, review the logistical challenges the Rule poses as

In its proposed debt collection rules, the CFPB would allow a debt collector to satisfy the FDCPA requirement to provide the validation notice by sending the debtor an email or text message that includes a hyperlink to a secure website on which the notice is accessible, subject to a series of specific conditions set forth

In this podcast, we look at the unique challenges that the CFPB’s proposal may create for student loans.  Our discussion focuses on how the proposal’s call attempt limits, time/place limits for calls, texts, and e-mails, and special restrictions that apply to the aggregation of multiple student loans could impact communications with borrowers.

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The CFPB’s focus on debt collection continues. In addition to proposing changes to debt collection rules, analyzing debt collector trade lines, and filing and participating as an amicus in debt-collection litigation, the CFPB recently announced a proposed settlement involving over $60 million in redress and penalties with debt collection companies Northern Resolution Group,