In China, chasing debt after the COVID-19 lockdown

Jun 23, 2020
Delayed payments are a normal part of doing business in China. That works OK when the economy is bustling — but not anymore.
A recent survey showed 66% of Chinese firms had clients delay payments last year. Then the pandemic hit.
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With the CFPB's future uncertain, New York and other states want to step in

Mar 5, 2020
Some states are stepping up their plans to regulate the debt collection industry. Consumer advocates say the moves come at a time when Federal protections are weakening.
Gov. Cuomo announced a plan to crack down on fraud with additional oversight of the debt collection industry.
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How New York's court system turned into a debt-collection machine

Nov 27, 2018
A series from Bloomberg this week sheds light on a predatory lending practice that’s turning New York’s court system into a debt-collection machine. Some lenders that offer cash advances to small businesses require their customers to sign what’s called a…

Arkansas debates where to draw the line on debt collection for probationers

Apr 11, 2018
One private probation company presses the question in Eastern Arkansas.
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Federal regulators prepare to rein in debt collectors

Jul 28, 2016
Some say the new proposed rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau don’t go far enough.
One in three consumers said they’d been contacted by a debt collector over the last year, according to a new study.
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The color of debt

Oct 8, 2015
How collection suits squeeze black neighborhoods: a ProPublica investigation with Marketplace.

The wild west is over for debt collectors

Nov 7, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will announce new rules for the debt collection industry.

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7 tips on what to do if you're being harassed by a debt collector

May 17, 2013
What can you do if a debt collector is after you? Take some advice from someone in the industry and know your consumer rights.

Student loan debt collectors under the microscope

Mar 26, 2012
Are debt collectors working for the Department of Education letting debtors know their rights? Bloomberg's John Hechinger discusses the rights of borrowers.

Chasing your debt

Mar 9, 2012
More and more, people with outstanding debts are finding themselves in the crosshairs of swarms of collections agencies.