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Friday, March 24, 2017
This Weeks Articles:
DEBT COLLECTOR FOR GOVERNMENTS MADE FALSE THREATS
An FTC lawsuit has put the brakes on a debt collection operation that the agency says used deception to collect traffic tickets, court fines, and other municipal debts for more than 300 local governments in eight Southern and Midwestern states.
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CFPB FINES EXPERIAN $3 MILLION FOR DECEIVING CONSUMERS IN MARKETING CREDIT SCORES
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took action against Experian and its subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the use of credit scores it sold to consumers. Experian claimed the credit scores it marketed and provided to consumers were used by lenders to make credit decisions. In fact, lenders did not use Experian's scores to make those decisions. The CFPB ordered Experian to truthfully represent how its credit scores are used. Experian must also pay a civil penalty of $3 million.
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FTC CHARGES ONLINE MARKETING SCHEME WITH DECEIVING SHOPPERS
The Federal Trade Commission has charged a group of online marketers with deceptively luring consumers with "free" and "risk-free" trials for cooking gadgets, golf equipment, and access to related online subscription services.
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FCC ADOPTS PROPOSED RULES AND A NOTICE OF INQUIRY ON BLOCKING UNLAWFUL ROBOCALLS
During its March 23 Open Meeting, the FCC unanimously voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would enable voice service providers to block certain types of spoofed calls to protect subscribers from fraudulent and illegal robocalls. The FCC also approved a related Notice of Inquiry that seeks information on further actions the FCC can take to block additional unlawful robocalls.
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MORTGAGE PERFORMANCE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
WASHINGTON - The overall performance of first-lien mortgages continues to improve, and the number of loans in delinquency continues to decline, according to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) most recent quarterly report on mortgages.
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OPERATIONAL PANEL SESSION ANNOUNCED FOR COLLECTION AND RECOVERY SOLUTIONS 2017
Resource Management Services, Inc. is pleased to announce a new panel session on "Third Party Strategies and Vendor Management" at the Collection and Recovery Solutions 2017 conference, being held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas May 10 - 12, 2017.
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LAFCU'S ART SOOKAZIAN NAMED CU TIMES TRAILBLAZER 40 BELOW HONOREE
LANSING, MI (March 23, 2017) - Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2016) -Art Sookazian, Vice President of Special Services at Los Angeles Federal Credit Union (LAFCU), was recently named one of the recipients of the Credit Union Times' 2016 Trailblazers, 40 Below program, whichannually recognizes young credit union executives who arecreating innovative advances in the credit union industry. Because of the distinction, Art was featured in the November 30, 2016 issue of CU Times Magazineand CuTimes.com, which included a series of articleshighlighting the recipients' professional accomplishments. The special issueprofiled Art's most recent achievementof cutting loan delinquenciesat the $882 million credit union by more than half. The article said Art spearheaded the use of automated reports to improve processes and reduce loan delinquencies from 1.57% to 0.37% over a period of 24 months.
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COAST PROFESSIONAL, INC. DONATES TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
GENESEO, NEW YORK - Coast Professional, Inc. (Coast) presented a check for 12,130.00 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Rochester at Coast's Geneseo office today. Coast's donation is a result of Coast's dress down for charity program in which employees donate $20 or more for the option to wear jeans and business casual attire for the month.
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DEBT COLLECTION FIRM FILES BANKRUPTCY; OWES $460M
Saddled with $460 million in debt, a Centennial-based debt collector has filed Chapter 11.
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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES $540K SETTLEMENT WITH RETAILER FOR DEFRAUDING OVER 250 SOLDIERS IN NYS
WATERTOWN - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has secured a $540,000 settlement with Freedom Stores, Inc., and Freedom Acceptance Corp. (collectively, "Freedom Stores") a now-defunct retailer and financing firm based in Norfolk, Virginia, after the companies fraudulently charged hundreds of New York servicemembers who purchased consumer goods from Freedom Stores. The Attorney General's settlement will clear debt and judgments fraudulently charged to hundreds of New York soldiers at various locations across the United States. Over 250 finance accounts, with balances ranging up to $8,600, and averaging $2,100, will all be brought to zero balances; judgments taken against soldiers by the company will be eliminated, and negative trade lines will be removed with credit reporting bureaus for the New York servicemembers.
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FTC TESTIFIES BEFORE SENATE ON EFFORTS TO COMBAT FRAUD
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission described its efforts to fight fraud, noting that during the past year the agency has obtained judgments totaling more than $11.9 billion to consumers harmed by deceptive and unfair business practices.
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SQUARETWO FINANCIAL ANNOUNCES PORTFOLIO ASSET SALE TO RESURGENT HOLDINGS AND COURT SUPERVISED BUSINESS RESTRUCTURING
DENVER, March 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SquareTwo Financial Services today announced it reached an agreement with Resurgent Holdings LLC under which Resurgent or one or more of its subsidiaries or affiliates will acquire substantially all of SquareTwo's portfolio of assets. The acquisition will occur through the purchase of the equity interests of certain of SquareTwo's subsidiaries, including its Canadian subsidiaries and business. Resurgent through its subsidiaries and affiliates is a purchaser, manager and servicer of domestic and international consumer debt portfolios across the credit spectrum. It is an affiliate of Sherman Financial Group LLC, a privately-held global investment company.
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ONTARIO SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES NEW PLATINUM PARTNERSHIP STATUS WITH PAYSCOUT, INC
(MUNCIE, Ind. - March 20, 2017) - Ontario Systems, a leading software provider to the healthcare revenue cycle management (RCM), accounts receivable management (ARM) and government (GOV) markets, announced it will move 6-year partner Payscout, Inc. to its Platinum Partnership program today, in recognition of Payscout's continuous delivery of innovation to Ontario's customer base, and alignment with strategies best serving the two companies' mutual customers. Payscout is a global payment processing provider that has helped Ontario Systems' customers reduce payment costs, improve conversions for global payment acceptance and enhance customer service.
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PHILLIPS & COHEN ASSOCIATES (IBERIA) NAMES MELANIA SEBASTIAN MARINO AS COUNTRY MANAGER
Phillips & Cohen Associates, the business synonymous with providing compassionate recovery services, today confirmed the opening of its Spanish operation, headquartered in Madrid, with the announcement of its business leader for Spain.
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HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE SETS HEARING TO EXAMINE CFPB'S STRUCTURE
The House Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine whether the structure of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection violates the Constitution. The hearing, at 10 a.m. (EST) on March 21, will also focus on "structural changes to the Bureau to resolve any constitutional infirmities," according to a news release from the subcommittee, led by Chairman U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.)
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CALLMINER LEADS SPEECH AND CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT INDUSTRY IN DATA SECURITY AND PRIVACY FOR ITS CUSTOMERS
FORT MYERS, FL--(Marketwired - March 16, 2017) - CallMiner, the leader in cloud speech and customer engagement analytics solutions, today announced that it has received its SOC 2 Type II Attestation Report, FISMA Compliance Audit, HIPAA Security Rule Compliance, ISO 27001 Compliance, and PCI Report on Compliance (RoC), reinforcing the company's commitment to process and data security and privacy for its customers. All compliance verifications were performed by KirkpatrickPrice, a licensed CPA and PCI QSA firm.
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Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference
National Consumer Law Center
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New Orleans, LA
March 27 - 28, 2017
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The Cards & Payments Summit
Marketforce
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London, England
March 27 - 28, 2017
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The Payments Summit - Adapting To the Wave of Change
Smart Card Alliance Payment Summit
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
Orlando, FL
March 27 - 30, 2017
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Third Party Vendor Auditing Workshop
Resource Management Services, Inc.
Four Seasons Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
May 8 - 9, 2017
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Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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Collection Management Training
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Residence Inn Atlanta Airport North/Virginia Avenue
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Chicago Marriott Southwest
Chicago, IL
July 19 - 20, 2017
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Tucson, AZ
September 11 - 13, 2017
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