Bankruptcy News Briefs- 12/12

And the “hump day” headlines read…

Fifth Circuit’s Affirmance of Denial of Attorney’s Fees to Successful FDCPA Plaintiff May Aid Collectors in Challenging Fee Requests

How Student Loan Debt Changes Your Life

More parents struggle to repay loans they borrowed for their children’s education 

Alleged student debt relief scam leads to arrest of CEO

Who Is Most Affected By Student Debt? Women.

Teacher grants converted to loans forcing teachers to pay up

MN attorney general sues ‘tax debt relief’ firm for violating consumer protections

New head of watchdog agency vows consumers will be top focus

Fla. Man Ordered To Pay Gov’t $23M Over Debt-Relief Scam

“Buy now, pay later”: Old-fashioned loan-sharking with a Silicon Valley smile?

Bankruptcy Judges Handle Much More Than Bankruptcy Matters

Madoff bankruptcy lawyer: ‘You can’t have a Ponzi without a bank. And the bank was JPMorgan.’

New CFPB director declines to weigh in on future of agency official criticized for racially tinged blog posts

Trump administration hid report revealing Wells Fargo charged high fees to students

BCFP enters into consent order with State Farm regarding alleged FCRA violations

Maxine Waters nominated to chair House Financial Services Committee



Bankruptcy News Briefs- 12/05

Today’s bankruptcy and consumer headlines are…

Encore Enters Settlement Agreement with 42 States and the District of Columbia

Debt Collector Can’t Head Off Class Cert. In Student Loan Suit

D.N.J.: If Relationship Between Collector and Creditor is Clear, Including Chain of Title Does not Make Creditor Identification Unclear

Stocks are plummeting, but a U.S. recession doesn’t look imminent

New York State Is Probing Abuses in Small-Business Lending

Bond Rally Eases Detroit’s Return to Muni Market


2018 Midterm Election Results Impact on Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Cost: No Cost – Member Benefit Webinar
Presenters: John Colwell, Esq., Ike Shulman, Esq., Ed Boltz, Esq. & John Rao, Esq.

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Join NACBA as we discuss how the recent 2018 midterm election results will impact consumer bankruptcy attorneys. This webinar is an opportunity for members to review the results, discuss House committees and new leadership, and learn how you can help NACBA move forward with bringing important issues to the attention of the 2019 Congressional agenda.

Improve Your Bottom Line with Fillable PDFs
Tips, Tricks & Little Known Tools in Using Acrobat Efficiently
Cost: No Cost – Member Benefit Webinar
Presenters: Rachel Foley, Esq. & John Colwell, Esq.

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Fillable PDFs can dramatically improve your bottom line by decreasing the turnaround time to receive information from your client while improving the accuracy of that information. Fillable PDFs are fast and easy to use, reduce/eliminate costly errors, provide 100% legible text, increase workflow and productivity, and are easy to update and archive. Learn from our experts how to create fillable PDFs to improve your bankruptcy practice!

Circuit Case Law Update
Cost: Free for NACBA Members
Presenters: Jim Molleur, David Shaev, Trish Meyer, Koury Hicks, Behrooz Vida, Brian Flick, David Yen, Wendell Sherk, Stanley Zlotoff, Jill Michaux and Nathan Juster.

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Join us for a discussion of the most interesting recent cases from each federal circuit led by the NACBA Circuit Leader for each circuit. Stay on top of the most interesting cases from across the country.

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 11/28

The midweek headlines are…

What Practitioners Need to Know About New Bankruptcy Rules, Effective December 1

Student loan debt becoming a ‘crisis,’ DeVos says

Sen. Gardner Behind Bill For Employers To Help With Student Loans

Foreclosure Not Complete Until Deed Recorded so Debtor May Cure and Maintain

Consumer Litigation and Complaints Back on the Rise in October

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 11/06

It’s midterm election day 2018! After you go out and VOTE, read the following…

Toyota Awaits Appeals Court Ruling on Auto Leases in Bankruptcy

40% Of Borrowers May Default On Their Student Loans

Consumers with Bankruptcies, Tax Liens, or Civil Judgments on Their Experian Credit Reports May Be Affected by a Settlement

“Overbiffing” is the latest outrage in debt collection

Heading Into Retirement With Student Loans

Mass. AG Quietly Adds Third-Party Debt Collectors As Regulated Entities on Website Despite Prior Guidance to the Contrary

Authenticity Matters: Three Ways To Reach College Students

Chicago Considers Wiping Away Old Ticket Debt for Motorists Who File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Attorneys Seek CFPB Definition of Abusive Practices

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

Bankruptcy News Briefs- 11/02

Happy Friday! Start your day with these new headlines…

Consumer Bureau Union Files Grievance Over Political Appointee’s Racist Blog Posts

New Report Finds Student Debt Burden Has ‘Disastrous Domino Effect’ On Millions Of Americans

Debt Collectors Can’t Dodge DA Letterhead Suit

Meet 5 midterm candidates running with student debt in mind—and in their lives

Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors, Advocacy Group Says

BCFP updates HMDA compliance guide w/ S. 2155 changes

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Appealability of Bankruptcy Court Orders

Goodbye Student Debt, So Long America!

Lawmakers and privacy rights groups spar over student loan debt solutions


Bankruptcy News Briefs- 10/30

Kickoff Tuesday with these headlines…

Can U.S. Consumers Continue Their Pace of Spending?

The next financial crisis? A look at student loan debt in America

Student loan debt holding back first-time home buyers

Discover and Capital One slashing credit limits, closing inactive cards

The public service loan forgiveness fix isn’t going well

Markets Work In Higher Education: Tuition Fees Are Starting To Fall

Procollect alleged to have damaged consumer’s credit score by failing to report debt as disputed

What happens to college loans if the borrower dies? That depends

BCFP Revisits Payday Rule, Expected January 2019


10 Key Numbers Every Law Firm Owner Must Know To Succeed

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 12pm EDT/ 9am PDT

Over the last nineteen years we have helped over 18,000 attorneys market and grow their business. We have studied best practices of business development in some of the fastest growing firms in the nation. During this time we have identified many of the key characteristics of highly successful bankruptcy law firms. One of the more consistent ones is that they track specific numbers and key indicators that give them instant insight into how their law firm is performing on a weekly and monthly basis.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are the numbers that make your law firm run.

By analyzing these critical metrics, Partners and Owners of law firms can easily determine whether they are on track to achieve their goals or if they need to retool and refocus their marketing and business development efforts.

In this fast paced webinar, nationally recognized law firm marketing expert Stephen Fairley will teach you:

  • How to easily identify the 10 key metrics your law firm needs to track and measure
  • How to set up a system to identify these numbers
  • CPL and CPC: the 2 most important numbers every attorney must know in order to succeed
  • How to avoid “paralysis by analysis”and being overwhelmed by too much data
  • Delegating roles and responsibility to your staff
  • Using software to track your KPIs

If numbers scare you or you tend to ignore them because you have a hard time making heads or tails of all the different data you see, then this webinar is a “can’t miss” event! If you’re a spreadsheet and data driven individual then you will love this webinar!


Bankruptcy News Briefs- 10/26

Jump-start the end of the work week with the following…

Ex-student loan official: ‘We dropped a trillion dollars of debt into the market’ with little thought to oversight

Stop the delinquent student loan merry-go-round

No Generation Safe from Crushing Debt

Will the Fed’s Rate Hikes Show Up in Tomorrow’s GDP Release?

American Financial Benefits Center: Student Loan Debt Continues to Grow Faster Than Other Consumer Debts

BCFP Releases Complaints Snapshot, Debt Collection No Longer No. 1

BCFP Could Eliminate Repayment Test in Small-Dollar Lending Rule