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In this episode, we discuss the history and evolving regulation of the debt settlement industry with Dora Galacatos. Dora is a Staff Member at Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice. Dora also chairs the Civil Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association, which in conjunction with the Consumer Affairs Committee, drafted a white paper on the debt settlement industry, titled Profiteering from Financial Distress: An Examination of the Debt Settlement Industry.

Date: December 11, 2012

Time: 17:53

In this episode, we talk about the Coalition to Stop Employment Credit Checks in NYC and the bill, known as Intro. 857, that would ban the use of credit information in making employment decisions. Here to speak with us about the campaign and bill is, Dey Del Rio, Associate Director at NEDAP, and a key player in the campaign.

Date: April 2, 2013

Time: 18:16

Back in March, two MFY staff attorneys attended an event put on by Strike Debt, which cast a spotlight on the issue of medical debt. Strike Debt is a coalition that arose out of the Occupy Wall Street movement, whose goal is to build popular resistance to all forms of debt. The event was also a celebration of the success of one of Strike Debt's major initiatives -- the Rolling Jubilee. Through the Rolling Jubilee, Strike Debt was able to purchase and abolish over $1 million in medical debt. We had a chance to speak briefly with Luke Herrine, Laura Hanna, and Thomas Gokey about the origins of the Rolling Jubilee, as well as its future.

Date: June 4, 2013

Time: 21:06

In this episode of the podcast, we take a look at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which recently celebrated its second anniversary. Here to help us explore this new, unprecedented federal agency is Ira Rheingold, Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Ira shares with us his thoughts on the creation of the CFPB, the actions it has taken so far, and what, we, as consumer advocates can do to ensure that the CFPB is an effective and forceful ally of consumers.

In the next episode of our podcast, we will again be speaking with Ira about the CFPB. But this time we will be focusing on what the agency has, or has not, done so far in the area of debt collection, and what he hopes to see it do in the near future.

Date: September 27, 2013

Time: 15:04

In this episode of the podcast, we continue our discussion of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) with Ira Rheingold, Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Ira discusses with us what role he expects the CFPB to play in the field of debt collection. His remarks are particularly timely now, as the CFPB has recently released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comment data, and information from the public about debt collection practices

Date: November 26, 2013

Time: 20:45

In this episode, we take a look at the intersection of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and L&T law. To help us do that, we spoke with James Fishman, from the law firm of Fishman & Mallon. We spoke with Mr. Fishman about his pioneering use of consumer protection statutes in the housing law area. In particular, we spoke with him about a terrific decision his law firm received last October 2013, in a case called Lee v. Kucker & Bruh, a decision that could have a major impact on the way landlords bring non-payment eviction cases in Housing Court.


Date: June 3, 2014

Time: 20:04

In this podcast, we discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rules on prepaid financial products with Lauren Saunders of the National Consumer Law Center. Ms. Saunders is Associate Director at NCLC's Washington, DC office and serves as its Managing Attorney. She directs NCLC's federal legislative and regulatory work.


Date: June 8, 2015

Time: 08:09

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