Debt Collection. Legal news and articles for April 28 - 30, 2017

Reinventure backs InDebted to disrupt debt collection sectorBanking Association 'relieved' FICA finally signedMontana Catholic officials say bankruptcy 'best and only way' to compensate the sexually abusedProperty seizure abuses must endRecognition: Deborah Petersen Receives HonorsAttorney making progress to collect Lewis County overdue taxesTrump's top candidate for N.Y. prosecutor angered U.S. lawyers in Chicago in George Ryan caseWeekly Legislative Update 4/29/17Oregon Supreme Court Rules That Debt-Collecting Lawyers Are Subject to Consumer Protection LawsPayday lenders selling illegal loans in Montana, federal banking regulators allegeBanking Association 'relieved' Fica finally signed into lawBanking Association 'relieved' FICA finally signed into lawSouth Africa's Zuma signs anti money-laundering bill FICA into lawThe IRS is now using private debt collectorsLawyer details work to help low-income seniors as Torrington-Winsted Rotary Club celebrates his accomplishments

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Prosecutors question role of Kansas City lawyers in Scott Tucker payday loan case
Kansas City StarApril 3, 2017

A New York grand jury in February 2016 indicted Tucker, along with Muir, an Overland Park attorney not affiliated with McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan but who handled Tucker's business affairs. They are charged with extending deceptive loans, unlawful ...more »

Collectors Take Note: FDCPA Litigation Over Letters Continues
insideARM.comApril 4, 2017

However, plaintiff alleged the Settlement Offer Letters were, in fact, “sent by defendant, a third-party debt collector, who sent the Settlement Offer Letters as American Express in an effort to evade compliance with state and federal debt collection ...more »

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Reinventure backs InDebted to disrupt debt collection sector
The Australian Financial ReviewApril 30, 2017

Westpac Banking Corp's venture capital fund has invested in the debt collection platform InDebted in a deal that shows banks, telcos and utilities will seek to collect more bad debts by deploying technology across the archaic industry. Reinventure ...more »

Banking Association 'relieved' FICA finally signed
SowetanLIVEApril 30, 2017

“The signing also enables a risk-based approach to combating these activities‚ so that bank clients who are less susceptible to such activities will be subject to lighter touch regulation and those significantly susceptible to such activities will be ...more »

Montana Catholic officials say bankruptcy 'best and only way' to compensate the sexually abused
Billings GazetteApril 30, 2017

“The Diocese did not seek (bankruptcy) to shirk any responsibility regarding sexual misconduct by clergy or any mistakes made by the Diocese's administration. The Diocese is not attempting to deny victims their day in court or hide the truth,” Eultgen ...more »

Property seizure abuses must end
KPVI News 6April 30, 2017

TIGTA noted the IRS's policy change to no longer pursue seizure of legal assets for banking law reporting violations, but also found inconsistencies in following this policy and made recommendations that include establishing controls to ensure cases ...more »

Recognition: Deborah Petersen Receives Honors
The Daily NonpareilApril 30, 2017

The American College of Bankruptcy inducted Deborah L. Petersen, attorney at Petersen Law PLLC in Council Bluffs, as a Fellow of the College on March 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C. There were 30 Fellows being honored and recognized for their ...more »

Attorney making progress to collect Lewis County overdue taxes
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration)April 30, 2017

WESTON — An outside attorney hired by the Lewis County Commission to collect overdue personal property taxes is making progress on three accounts totaling more than $325,500, officials say. The commission took advantage of a state law that went into ...more »

Trump's top candidate for N.Y. prosecutor angered U.S. lawyers in Chicago in George Ryan case
Chicago TribuneApril 30, 2017

Less than two weeks after McNally's testimony, prosecutors learned that lawyers at Winston & Strawn the same firm representing Ryan were also involved in trying to collect a debt from McNally related to Altheimer & Gray's 2003 bankruptcy. Neither ...more »

Weekly Legislative Update 4/29/17
NORML Blog (blog)April 30, 2017

The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, maintains that federal funds can not be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana ...more »

Oregon Supreme Court Rules That Debt-Collecting Lawyers Are Subject to Consumer Protection Laws
Willamette WeekApril 29, 2017

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that lawyers who collect debts are subject to an Oregon consumer protection law called the Unfair Trade Practices Act, which prohibits "unconscionable tactics." ... The DOJ, led by Attorney General Ellen ...more »

Payday lenders selling illegal loans in Montana, federal banking regulators allege
Billings GazetteApril 29, 2017

“The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Indian Tribe attempted to work in good faith with the CFPB to demonstrate why its business model and practices comply with the letter and spirit of the law. Unfortunately, instead of working with the tribe in good ...more »

Banking Association 'relieved' Fica finally signed into law
Business Day (registration)April 29, 2017

"The signing of the Bill ensures banks in SA remain at the cutting edge of global best practice and we are able to identify and deal with money laundering‚ terrorism financing and other such activities. "The signing also enables a risk-based approach ...more »

Banking Association 'relieved' FICA finally signed into law
Times LIVEApril 29, 2017

The Banking Association of SA (BASA) says it is relieved that President Jacob Zuma has finally signed the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) bill into law. BASA MD Cas Coovadia said on Saturday that the association had been urging the ...more »

South Africa's Zuma signs anti money-laundering bill FICA into law
ReutersApril 29, 2017

The country risked being kicked out of global fraud monitor, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), if the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) bill was not signed by June. The bill, intended to bolster the fight against global financial ...more »

The IRS is now using private debt collectors
Kokomo PerspectiveApril 29, 2017

If your account balance says zero, you don't owe money and should not be getting calls. To learn more about this new process, check out the IRS's site. And remember: all debt collectors have to follow the law. Know your rights, and tell the FTC if you ...more »

Lawyer details work to help low-income seniors as Torrington-Winsted Rotary Club celebrates his accomplishments
Torrington Register CitizenApril 28, 2017

You're the first legal service attorney that I ever knew. You were a pain in the neck, and that's what you're supposed to do,” said Muschell. “You demonstrate, I think, what the unsung heroes of the legal profession do. The legal service lawyers are ...more »

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