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CBA responded to the CFPB’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on debt collections. In its notice, the Bureau cites it is the first agency with the authority to issue substantive rules under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), a law governing the practices of third-party collectors and debt buyers. The Bureau may address first-party debt collection activities under its unfair, deceptive and abusive practices (UDAAP) authority. The ANPR is the Bureau’s initial step towards issuing new rules regulating the relationship between creditors, third-party debt collectors and consumers.
- June 13, 2018On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection announced a settlement with Security Group Inc . and its subsidiaries. In its Consent Order, the Bureau found alleged Security Group entities violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act by making improper in-person and telephonic collection attempts on consumer installment loans and retail sales installment contracts. The...April 6, 2018April 6, 2018 The Honorable Mike Crapo The Honorable Sherrod Brown Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Banking, Housing Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs & Urban Affairs U.S. Senate U.S. Senate 534 Dirksen Office Building 534 Dirksen Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown: The Consumer Bankers Association (...April 6, 2018April 6, 2018 The Honorable Jeb Hensarling The Honorable Maxine Waters Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Financial Services Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives 2129 Rayburn House Office Building 4340 O’Neill House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20151 Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters: The Consumer...March 20, 2018On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the CFPB issued a report on the 2017 activities of the Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to combat illegal debt collection practices. The annual report to Congress on the administration of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) details the agencies’ efforts to stop unlawful debt collection practices, including vigorous law enforcement, education and...February 12, 2018Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Attention: Office of Financial Education 1700 G Street NW Washington, D.C. 20552 Re: Request for Information Regarding Consumers’ Experience with Free Access to Credit Scores Docket No. CFPB-2017-0037 82 FR 52284 (November 13, 2017) Dear Sir or Madam, The American Bankers Association  and Consumer Bankers Association  (collectively, the Associations) are...October 12, 2017On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the CFPB filed suit in federal court against the Federal Debt Assistance Association, LLC, and the Financial Document Assistance Administration, Inc., service providers from Baltimore, MD, for presenting themselves as affiliated in some way with the federal government. The CFPB also alleged the companies’ debt-validation programs violated the law by falsely...September 29, 2017CBA to CFPB: Help Banks Serve Consumers in Need of Short-Term Credit A huge segment of consumers are struggling to make ends meet in a given month – 43 percent to be exact – according to a new CFPB survey. Since the FDIC and OCC issued guidance essentially pushing banks out of the small-dollar lending market, consumers have been forced to use less-safe, less-regulated and more costly entities to...September 25, 2017September 13, 2017 VIA Electronic Submission Ms. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary Federal Communications Commission 44 12 th Street SW Washington, D.C., 20554 Re: Reply Comments on Notice of Inquiry Regarding Call Authentication Trust Anchor, WC Docket No. 17-97. Dear Ms. Dortch, The Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA”)  appreciates the opportunity to respond to the Federal Communication...September 25, 2017September 22, 2017 VIA Electronic Submission Ms. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary Federal Communications Commission 44 12 th Street SW Washington, D.C., 20554 Re: Reply Comments on Second Notice of Inquiry Regarding Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls, CG Docket No. 17-59. Dear Ms. Dortch, The Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA”)  appreciates the opportunity to respond to...September 18, 2017On Monday, September 18, 2017, the CFPB took action against the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems, Inc., for alleged illegal student loan debt collection lawsuits. The companies sued consumers for private student loan debt the companies could not prove was owed, or debt too old to litigate. The lawsuits allegedly relied on the filing of false or...