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Catherine New

Debt Collection Rules Fall Short For Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

For the first time, a single federal government agency will oversee the debt collection industry starting next year, marking a monumental victory for ...

Lawsuit: Debt Collectors Told Veteran He 'Should Have Died'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business

A U.S. Army veteran claims that a debt collection agency broke the law by garnishing the wages of his wife and insulted him by telling him, "you shoul...

The Alarming Ties Between Debt Collectors and District Attorneys

Adam Levin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

The American justice system must not be sold to the highest bidder -- not to lobbyists, not to politicians, and certainly not to debt collectors. District attorneys can't continue to demean our institutions by renting out their letterhead.

Threatened With Jail For Bouncing $48 Check To Walmart

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.18.2012 | Business

Debt collectors and district attorneys are teaming up to bully bad-check writers into paying their debt, including a California woman who bounced a $4...

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Pain of a Bank Whistleblower

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Ever wonder what happens to the friends, fortune and family of a whistleblower? Taking it all in stride and landing a better-paying job? Vacationi...

How A Debt Can Land You In Jail

Time Moneyland | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money

Debt collectors can call you, hound you and make you feel like a lowlife, but here in America, they can't throw you in jail over your unpaid bills. Or...

The Outrageous Letter I Received 30 Days After My Husband Died

Carole Brody Fleet | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Carole Brody Fleet

The letter stated that I was "obviously responsible" for "taking care of your husband's obligations" and that if they did not receive payment in full within 30 days, they would take further action. Did I mention that almost all of the officers of said financial institution were guests at our wedding? And his funeral?

Real Confessions of Debt Collectors

Credit.com | Posted 10.21.2012 | Money
Credit.com

We spoke with four people about their experiences as debt collectors and what consumers should know when they get on the phone with them.

Ohio Couple Says Debt Collectors Called Them 14 Times A Day

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act says that if a collection company is trying to get you to settle a debt, they can only call you between 8 a.m. ...

Jeffrey Young

Paid In Full: Controversial Hospital Debt Collector Barred From Minnesota

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a hospital billing and debt-collection contractor accused of badgering patients for money, won't be allowed to do business in Minnes...

Citibank Debt Collectors On The Run

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.27.2012 | Business

Irzen Octa, an Indonesian businessman, died in a Citibank office under mysterious circumstances last March, while debt collectors were questioning him...

The Sewer Bill From Hell

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business

Better triple-check your books, an unpaid bill as low as a few hundred bucks can result in foreclosure, or worse. New Jersey plumber Dominick Vulp...

Debt Collectors Going After Consumers For Late Fees Video Rentals At Bankrupt Store

Posted 07.05.2012 | Business

In an era of Netflix, you might think being hounded to pay late fees on video rentals a thing of the past. You would be wrong. Consumers have file...

One Town's Mayor May Be Chased By Debt Collectors He Helped Out

Posted 07.05.2012 | Business

The mayor of one Florida town may have just sicced debt collectors on himself. Steve Bateman, the mayor of Homestead, Florida, owes thousands of d...

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

Grandmother Keeps Home After 5-Year Battle

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

Rita James of Atlanta, Georgia, received two tax bills after paying off her mortgage in 1994 -- one for her, and another for a man she had never heard...

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Alexander Eichler

Woman Says Her Husband's Bankruptcy And Death Didn't Stop The Debt Collectors

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.27.2012 | Business

If you declare bankruptcy, debt collectors are supposed to leave you alone. And if you declare bankruptcy and then die, that's really supposed to be t...

Hospital Debt Collection Could Soon Get Tougher

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

When it comes to settling hospital bills, government officials want to give patients a little bit of breathing room. New rules proposed last Frida...

What to Do When a Debt Collector Threatens to Sue You

Bill Bartmann | Posted 08.13.2012 | Money
Bill Bartmann

It's bad enough when you're deeply in debt, but debt collectors are masters at magnifying your grief. Following these seven points is the best way to stay out of court, or prevail if you do get there.

Crooked Debt Collector Allegedly Pocketed Money, Bought 32-Foot Boat With It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business

There's a right way and a wrong way to collect debts. And the wrong way definitely involves pocketing the funds you take in and using them to buy a bo...

Aggressive Debt Collection -- Who's In Your Wallet?

Richard Gaudreau | Posted 08.11.2012 | Money
Richard Gaudreau

Bankruptcy is not on anyone's list of fun things to do. The promise of relief that comes from stemming this negative tide is the deciding factor for most people. If you've filed bankruptcy, and are still being bothered by your creditors, there are some things you can do.

Debt Collection Fail

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.07.2012 | Business

Since a debt collector's job involves getting people to pay money they owe, you'd think every collection company would keep careful track of those out...

Even After Foreclosure, Texas Company Pursue Second Mortgages

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

If there’s any upside to foreclosure it’s the relief that comes with no longer being in debt. But one Texas company seems to be testing even that ...

Hospital CEO To Step Down Amid Accretive Health Debt-Collection Controversy

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.24.2012 | Business

Mark Eustis, the president CEO of a Minnesota hospital company under fire from state and federal authorities for allegedly harsh tactics its employees...