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Read NACBA’s Last Washington Update of 2017!


Take a moment to read NACBA’s last Washington Update of 2017! Stay informed about significant and relevant activity on the part of Congress, regulatory agencies and interest groups/think tanks.

ON THE HILL  Earlier this month, Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA) introduced H.R.4584, the Student Security Act. H.R. 4584 is described as a completely voluntary program, that would empower borrowers who opt in to receive $550 in student loan forgiveness (or roughly the average cost for 1 credit hour at a public university) in exchange for raising a participant’s full-retirement age for Social Security benefits by 1 month with a maximum amount of $40,150 in debt relief and a corresponding 6 years, 1 month raise in retirement.

Two House Democrats sent letters on December 18th to four of the largest student loan servicing companies, seeking information about their policies and procedures for collecting. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Pramila Jayapal of (D-WA) say they’re concerned about “the rising rate of student loan defaults and continuous claims of fraudulent practices in lending, servicing, and collecting” of student loans. The two lawmakers urged the companies to take steps to improve customer service and focus more attention on “high risk” borrowers. Read the letters they sent to the leaders of Navient, Nelnet, Great Lakes and FedLoan Servicing.

On Wednesday, December 13th House Republicans passed a partisan revision of the Higher Education Act that would restructure federal student loans and reduce accessibility to higher education by limiting financial aid options. The bill consolidates the six current federal student loans into three and removes the Graduate PLUS and Parent PLUS loan options. PLUS loans offer no limit and cover the entirety of the institution’s cost of attendance. Under the House’s revision, all federal loans would have maximums, with annual and lifetime loan caps.

IN THE AGENCIES The Education Department announced Wednesday, December 20th a reversal of the Obama administration policy of wiping out student debt. This means that students who were defrauded by the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may not get their loans forgiven entirely. Under President Barack Obama, tens of thousands of students deceived by the now-defunct schools had more than $550 million in federal student loans canceled in full. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday she is putting a new process in place that she says is more efficient and fair. The department will now look at average income for specific programs to determine if the loans should be forgiven fully or partially.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit on December 14th against the U.S. Department of Education and its Secretary, Betsy DeVos, for refusing to process debt relief claims submitted by tens of thousands of students who took out federal student loans to attend Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (Corinthian). Students became eligible to apply for this relief after the courts found that Corinthian defrauded these students in violation of California consumer protection laws. More than 1 in 4 of those students with pending debt relief claims resided in California.

FROM THE INTEREST GROUPS Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) strongly condemns the Department of Education’s announcement that they have denied relief to 8,600 borrowers who applied for debt discharges through borrower defense to repayment. The Department has not specified—but must immediately supply—the reasons for those denials, and how many of them came from Corinthian or ITT, schools that closed under the weight of their own illegal and abusive acts. “The news of the Department’s scheme to grant only partial relief to scammed students is just one more piece of an abundance of evidence that the Trump Administration and the DeVos Department of Education care more for the proprietary institutions that break the law than they do for the students they defraud,” said Alexis Goldstein, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for a Financial Reform. “For Secretary DeVos, it’s predatory companies first, students last.”


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Bankruptcy News Briefs 12/28

Check Out Headlines Making News…

Educational Debt in Excess of §109(e) Debt Limit is Not Cause for Dismissal or Conversion of Chapter 13 Case

Debtors Could Exempt their Mobile Home in Massachusetts under a Florida Statute, which the Court found to be Extraterritorial

Narrow bankruptcy laws make it nearly impossible to discharge student debt

Americans have more credit cards – and more debt says CFPB

Northern District Of New York: No FDCPA Violation Where Pre-Judgment Interest Not Disclosed In Collection Letters

CFPB adjusts HMDA data collection, TILA mortgage escrow thresholds

SDNY Bankruptcy Court Chimes in on Bankruptcy Court’s Jurisdiction to Consider Third-Party Releases

CFPB plans to further delay prepaid rule

Many Americans don’t have a plan to pay off their debts

Fifth Circuit Claims Loan Modification Communications Are Not Debt Collection Activities Under TDCA

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Beware secured creditors: The newly amended US Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure now require filing a proof of claim

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 8/18

Headlines Leading Into the Weekend…

Report: Loan Originations Decline Across Credit Products

Corinthian Colleges Students Set to Get $183 Million Break on Bad Loans

Court Must Consider Totality of the Circumstances when Determining if Debtor Intended to Evade or Defeat Taxes

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Writ in Recharacterization of Debt Proceeding

What to Expect If the GOP Takes Control of the CFPB

The Imaginary Debt Crisis Is Here to Stay

Five state regulators enter into settlement agreement with debt collectors for alleged federal and state law violations

Democratic Staff From The House Financial Services Committee Defend The CFPB

From the Top In Brief – July/August 2017


The Latest Predatory Banking Practice You Haven’t Heard About: Auto Loans

Student loan debt crushing older Americans too

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 6/8

What’s Happening in the News Today?

U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling Discusses Financial CHOICE Act

Colorado Extends State FDCPA, Expanding the Act to Cover Debt Buyers

States Standing By to Fill ‘Imminent’ CFPB Enforcement Gap

CFPB: Consumer Finance Background Impacts How People Establish Credit Histories

Fifth Circuit Rejects Arguments to Expand Scope of Liability under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

CFPB hits Fay Servicing with $1.15 million fine for illegal foreclosure practices

AGs Blast Financial CHOICE Act, Urge Congress To Reject Proposed Bill

Since Creditor’s Lien Could Not Impair Debtor’s Homestead Exemption, the Court Denied his Motion to Avoid Judicial Lien

Jury imposes $25 million in civil penalties against Houston debt buyer

Former Corinthian College Students Await Loan Relief: U.S. States

How the Financial Choice Act Hurts Americans

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Bankruptcy News Briefs 10/3

It’s a Brand New Month with New Headlines…


ACA Submits Comments on CFPB’s Proposed Consumer Complaint Closing Survey

Federal Student Loan Default Rates Continue to Decline

When CFPB Finds Deception Regardless Of A Lender’s Intent

Do I have to make all my post-petition mortgage payments to my bank during a chapter 13 case to receive my discharge?

Education Dept. Is Sued Over Debt Collection From Former Corinthian Students

Financial protection bureau concerned by some student loan servicers’ practices

Judge throws out three FDIC lawsuits over soured mortgage debt

Company allegedly targeting troops must provide $96 million in debt relief

Massachusetts Consumer Advocates Fight Debt Collectors

Upcoming NACBA Events

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NACBA’s 2016 Fall Workshop is Only Days Away!

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Save the Date for NACBA’s Silver Anniversary Annual Convention

2017 NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention
Thursday, May 4’th – Sunday, May 7’th, 2017
Orlando, Florida


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Bankruptcy News Briefs 7/15


End of the Week Headlines…

FCC: Federal Government and Its Contractors Not Covered by TCPA Restrictions

CFPB Fines Santander $10 Million as Regulator Tightens Scrutiny of Overdraft Fees

Class action lawsuit seeks college loan forgiveness for thousands of students

Debtors’ Lien-Stripping Attempt Likely Would Have Succeeded in New Hampshire

Bankruptcy Courts Divided On Whether Chapter 13 Plan Extends Time for Redemption

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Structured Dismissals and Settlements Circumventing the Bankruptcy Code’s Priority Scheme

Stale Claim in Bankruptcy Doesn’t Violate Debt Collection Law

Debt recovery center to start collecting for state courts

Former student files class-action case over Corinthian student loan debt



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2017 NACBA’s 25th Annual Convention – Silver Anniversary
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Bankruptcy News Briefs 6/30


News That Matter to You …

Collection Complaints Decline in Latest CFPB Report

Study: Consumers’ Healthcare Financial Burden is Growing

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Madden Case, Leaving Unanswered Question about Competing State Laws

 Rehearing Sought in Case Backing CFPB Enforcement Authority

CFPB Must Address Lenders’ HMDA Data Privacy Concerns

Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers May Soon Have Discharge Options

Education Department Forgives $171 Million in Debt Owed by Former Corinthian Students



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Leveraging the Power of Social Media:
Using Facebook and Content Marketing to Get More Leads

DATE: Tuesday, July 7, 2016
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