A debt buyer is a firm that purchases debt from another company, usually a creditor or bank, at a deeply discounted rate. The debt purchaser then attempts to collect the debt through its own operations or through the use of a third-party debt collection agency. Some debt buyers may sell all or part of the debt to another party at a profit. Most debt buyers are small and privately held, though there is a handful of publicly traded debt buying companies. Recent changes in law and legal rulings have seen the debt buying industry regulated like collection agencies, or servicers of debt, rather than creditors, or owners of the debt. Debt buyers must adhere to the FDCPA.

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Two FDCPA Class Actions Dismissed, Citing Supreme Court Ruling in Midland v. Johnson

3 August 2017

Massachusetts Attorney General Announces Consent Agreement with Debt Collection Law Firm

27 July 2017

Oregon Debt Collection Bill Passes House and Senate

26 July 2017


RMA Expands Certification Program; Includes Judgments

25 July 2017

Flock Deployments Hit $13 Million in June

17 July 2017

House Subcommittee Considers Bills, Including Debt Collection

13 July 2017

Oregon Passes New Debt Buyer Legislation

6 July 2017

Maine Adopts New Law for Debt Buyers

21 June 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Debt Purchaser Collecting Its Own Debt Is Not Subject to FDCPA

13 June 2017

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13 June 2017


Court Sides With Collector on Out-of-Stat Disclosure

7 June 2017

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects FDCPA Liability in Bankruptcy Proceeding

17 May 2017


PRA Group Announces Settlement with IRS

16 May 2017


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11 May 2017

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Encore Capital Reports Q1 Results, Comments on Supply, Pricing, Portfolio Mix, TCPA

10 May 2017


Colorado's FDCPA Adds Media Requirements, Removes its Collection Agency Board

25 April 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments over Whether Debt Buyers are Debt Collectors under FDCPA

24 April 2017


Appeals Court Affirms Ruling Against Debt Buyer for Misleading Out-of-Stat Collection Letter

30 March 2017


Court Rules Debt Buyer’s Small Claims Court Judgment Waived Right to Arbitration in Class Action Suit

29 March 2017

CFPB Quietly Issues 2017 FDCPA Report to Congress

28 March 2017