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CFPB Outlines Proposals Under Consideration for Debt Collection Rule

July 28, 2016, Covington Alert

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued its outline of proposals under consideration for a debt collection rulemaking that would govern third-party debt collection activities of debt collection agencies, debt buyers, collection law firms, and loan servicers. Release of this outline of proposals signals the start of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (“SBREFA”) process. Under the SBREFA process, the CFPB must hold a Small Business Review Panel to discuss this outline of proposals and consider the potential impacts on small business entities before issuing a proposed rule. In other contexts, such as the CFPB’s proposed payday and small dollar lending rule, more than one year elapsed between the Small Business Review Panel and the issuance of a proposed rule.

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