MFJ Urges Congress to Preserve Consumer Protections

In an Op-Ed in The Hill, MFJ Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey and co-author Claudia Wilner of the National Center for Law & Economic Justice urge lawmakers to keep provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) that make attorneys equally accountable with their clients for abusive and predatory debt collection practices. The House is now considering a bill that would exempt attorneys from the FDFCPA and preclude the consumer Financial Protection Bureau from supervisory or enforcement authority over them. Public interest attorneys who represent low-income consumers have found that debt collection attorneys engage in some of the most egregious debt collection misconduct.