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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Mid Week Articles:
CRS2018 HOT TOPICS PANEL ANNOUNCED
This year's Hot Panel will include LaDonna Jantzen of SCANA Corporation, Mark Naiman of Absolute Resolutions Corp. and current President of the Receivables Management Association, Doug St. Peters of Navient, Inc. and Mark Tuggle of BBVA Compass Bank. Collection and Recovery Solutions 2018 conference, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas May 9-11, 2018.
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FTC RECOMMENDS STEPS TO IMPROVE MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY UPDATE PRACTICES
A new Federal Trade Commission report finds that the complexity of the mobile ecosystem means that the security update process for patching operating system software on some mobile devices is intricate and time-consuming.
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WEBRECON STATS FOR JAN 2018: STARTING WITH A BANG
Quick analysis: 2018 started with a bit of a bang. FDCPA complaints were at their highest since Aug 2017, FCRA and TCPA were both up from last month and even with all of the drama around CFPB leadership, CFPB complaints had (by far) their highest month ever with 4925 complaints. The next highest months were August 2017 with 4650 and March 2017 with 4648.
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EMPEREON-CONSTAR ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
Phoenix, Arizona - Empereon-Constar, a leading provider of end-to-end customer engagement and customer management solutions, today announced Tim Smith has joined the company as the Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales. Tim will report directly to Travis Bowley, CEO, and is charged with heading the company's business development in new markets and business sectors. Additionally, as a member of the senior leadership team, he will be involved in shaping Empereon-Constar's corporate business development strategy.
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NEW BILL ADDRESSES REVERSE MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES
The Philadelphia City Council recently introduced a bill to help prevent reverse mortgage foreclosures when a homeowner is in a payment agreement for real estate taxes on their homes.
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OCWEN DROPS $360 MILLION TO ACQUIRE PHH CORP
Ocwen Financial Corporation, an Atlanta-based financial services holding company, today announced a definitive agreement under which Ocwen will acquire all of the outstanding shares of PHH Corporation, a mortgage platform with established servicing and origination recapture capabilities, for approximately $360 million in cash. The purchase price represents a 35 percent discount to PHH's GAAP book equity at December 31, 2017.
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LAWMAKER PROPOSES ZERO-INTEREST MORTGAGES TO FIGHT STUDENT DEBT
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently reported that student loan debt had increased by $21 billion in Q4 2017. U.S. student debt currently totals around $1.4 trillion, with the average student in 2017 owing $37,172.
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COURT RULES AGAINST AT&T, CLOSING FTC REGULATION LOOPHOLE
A federal court has ruled against AT&T in a long-running case that found itself tied up in the net neutrality debate. AT&T had argued that the 2015 FCC order classifying it as a common carrier let it off the hook in a case brought against it by the FTC - which has no authority over common carriers. The case has been heard and reheard, but hopefully this judgment is the last.
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PAYPAL SETTLES FTC CHARGES THAT VENMO FAILED TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO CONSUMERS ABOUT THE ABILITY TO TRANSFER FUNDS AND PRIVACY SETTINGS; VIOLATED GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY ACT
The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with PayPal, Inc. over allegations that the company told users of its Venmo peer-to-peer payment service that money credited to their Venmo balances could be transferred to external bank accounts without adequately disclosing that the transactions were still subject to review and that funds could be frozen or removed.
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PRA GROUP REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 RESULTS
NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PRA Group (Nasdaq:PRAA), a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017.
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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WANTS TO PROTECT STUDENT LOAN DEBT COLLECTORS
Student loan debt collectors have been accused of deceiving and abusing student borrowers and have been sued by attorneys general in a handful of states. Now, they may be getting some relief.
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FISERV CONSUMER SURVEY FINDS DIGITAL EXPERIENCES FACTOR IN LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL DECISIONS
BROOKFIELD, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The latest Expectations & Experiences consumer trends survey from Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, finds that digital experiences are influencing how people manage and make decisions about borrowing and investing. For instance, four of the top five loan payment methods are now electronic, and 21 percent of millennial investors use a robo-advisor service to make investments.
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EQUIFAX SEES ENCOURAGING PAYMENT ACTIVITY IN SUBPRIME
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As consumers start to edge away slightly from new-vehicle leases toward financed installment contracts for used vehicles, Equifax Automotive deputy chief economist Gunnar Blix is encouraged by recent payment performance - no matter what type of deal is attached to the unit.

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ELIZABETH WARREN AND MICK MULVANEY TRADE BARBS OVER PAYDAY LENDERS, ARBITRATION
The driving force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the person revamping that institution right now traded barbs in a series of letters on payday lenders and arbitration.
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THE FUTURE OF LENDING CAN BE FOUND IN FINTECH
Technological innovation is changing the way the mortgage industry works, and the model followed by lenders who have embraced technology such as end-to-end online mortgage application and approval processes have made lending a less risky prospect, according to a report on Fintech lending by Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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ANOTHER CU'S LAWSUIT OVER ADA DISMISSED
In another victory for credit unions facing litigation over unclear website requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal district court in Virginia found that the plaintiff to such a lawsuit did not have standing to sue the credit union because he was not eligible for membership and would not likely use the credit union's services.
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NEW RULES COULD BE IN THE WORKS FOR STUDENT LOAN DEBT
The Education Department said this week it will review when borrowers can discharge student loans, an indication it could become easier to expunge those loans in bankruptcy.
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NAVIENT JOINS AMERICA SAVES WEEK TO PROMOTE HEALTHY SAVINGS HABITS
WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navient, a leading asset management and business processing services company, celebrates America Saves Week, Feb. 26 through March 3, by encouraging more Americans to save money for their education, emergencies, and retirement.
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National Debt Holdings, LLC
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$16,800,000.00     Medical
National Debt Holdings, LLC
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$1,841,336.00     Retail
Sea Side Management, LLC
http://www.debtconnection.com/portfolio.asp?8178  
More information about this company can be found here:
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$781,000.00     Auto Deficiencies
National Debt Holdings, LLC
http://www.debtconnection.com/portfolio.asp?8177  
More information about this company can be found here:
http://www.debtconnection.com/moreinfo.asp?6735  

$1,517,183.00     Payday Loans
Sea Side Management, LLC
http://www.debtconnection.com/portfolio.asp?8176  
More information about this company can be found here:
http://www.debtconnection.com/moreinfo.asp?7864  

$371,793.00     Retail
Sea Side Management, LLC
http://www.debtconnection.com/portfolio.asp?8175  
More information about this company can be found here:
http://www.debtconnection.com/moreinfo.asp?7864  

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Industry Events
2018 Annual Utilities Credit & Collections Symposium
Monticello Consulting Group
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Sarasota, FL
February 26 - 28, 2018
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PrivacyCon 2018
Federal Trade Commission
CONSTITUTION CENTER
Washington, DC
February 28, 2018
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Auto Finance Innovation 2018
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Parc 55
San Francisco, CA
March 7 - 8, 2018
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Payments & FinTech Conference Money20/20 Asia
MONEY20/20 ASIA
The Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Singapore
March 13 - 15, 2018
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NASP 2018 Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference
National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
The Roosevelt
New Orleans, LA
March 22 - 23, 2018
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National Credit Union Collections Alliance Annual Conference 2018
National Credit Union Collections Alliance (NCUCA)
Venetian Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
April 4 - 6, 2018
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Moscone West
San Francisco, CA
April 9 - 11, 2018
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Four Seasons Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
May 9 - 11, 2018
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Austin, TX
September 5 - 7, 2018
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