Blog Posts in February, 2011

New York's Second Circuit Rules Against MIdland

A consumer who brought his own suit against a debt collector under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) because the debt collector sued him in the wrong court will be allowed ...
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Worried about Wage Garnishment?

Have your wages been garnished? Have you been threatened with wage garnishment? Are you worried that your wages may be garnished? Want to know how to stop wage garnishment? In general, in New York, ...
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Debt Buyers thrive in difficult economy

As we mentioned here earlier, associations representing debt buyers came out strongly against a recent report published by the Consumer’s Union (publishers of Consumer Reports) and the East Bay ...
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Citibank debt buyer loses appeal; flimsy evidence sinks case

A Pennsylvania appellate court affirmed a trial court's ruling that debt buyer, Commonwealth Financial Systems, Inc. (CFS), failed to supply adequate authentication of computerized business ...
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Whistleblower's Allegations About JPMorgan Chase Debt Collection Practices

A former JP Morgan Chase employee, Linda Almonte, has filed an SEC whistleblower case against the bank, making some very serious claims against Chase with regard to its debt collection practices. ...
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Velocity Investments questioned for lack of proof of debt ownership

The smoke is clearing from the American Legal Process guilty plea prompted by Govener Cuomo's investigation and lawsuit that alleged over 100,000 incidences of fraudulently signed affidavits of ...
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For debt buyers, sewer service is just good business

In 2010, New York City enacted a new law to help prevent sewer service. We hope it goes far enough, because sewer service is worse today than ever – some 300,000 debt collection suits were ...
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Judge scrutinizes non-military affidavits

As we have noted here before, the return of our service members from Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world gives rise to increasing concerns about collection abuses against members of the ...
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Debt buyer responses to proposed industry reforms

We have been posting here for the last couple of days about the report released jointly by the Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) and East Bay Community Law Center at UC Berkeley’s ...
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Report says: consumers need more protections from debt buyers

Past Due: Why Debt Collection Practices and The Debt Buying Industry Need Reform Now, a new report authored jointly by Consumers Union (which publishes Consumers Report) and East Bay Community Law ...
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New report calls for reform of debt buying, collecting industry

A new report published jointly by Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports) and the East Bay Community Law Center of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law confirms that abuses of ...
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You deserve fair credit terms!

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits credit discrimination on the basis race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, or whether you receive public assistance. Credit issuers may not ...
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What you should know about debt validation

What to do if, out of the blue, you get a letter from a company you’ve never heard of (for example, Midland Credit Management, RAB Performance, Encore, Asset Acceptance, CACH, Gemini Asset ...
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