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Another Guilty Plea in $22 Million Debt Collection Scam

A Buffalo-area man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud as part of his role in a debt collection scam that netted $22 million in payments from individuals who were threatened and duped into paying debts multiple times. Carmelo Collana pleaded guilty yesterday. He joins a number of …

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Judge Grants Motion to Dismiss in FDCPA Overshadowing Case

A District Court judge in Illinois has granted a motion to dismiss after a collection agency was sued by a plaintiff for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by sending a straightforward letter merely referencing payment options and leaving a voicemail during the 30-day validation period that overshadowed …

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CFPB Sues Collection Law Firm To Compel Compliance with CID

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against a collection law firm, seeking to compel the firm to comply with a civil investigative demand letter related to possible violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, while the firm is asserting that the agency is looking for documents …

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Bill Introduced To Make CCPA Even More Consumer-Friendly

Working with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a state Senator has introduced additional legislation that would strengthen the consumer protection provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act. Under the proposed legislation, individuals would be able to sue companies that do not comply with requests to delete individuals’ personal information. Currently, …

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Sen. Grassley Asks IRS For Details About Non-Profit Hospitals’ Collection Practices

Sen. Chuck Grassley [R-Iowa] has written a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service seeking, among other things, information about the debt collection practices at non-profit hospitals nationwide. The information is part of a broader examination into making sure that non-profit hospitals “are fulfilling the standards for serving …

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