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The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York Attorney General will host an event on June 15, 2015, in Buffalo, New York, to discuss consumer protection issues with the debt collection industry. This will be the first of several “Debt Collection Dialogues” the FTC will hold around the country.

Representatives from the two agencies will discuss recent enforcement actions, consumer complaints about debt collection practices, and compliance issues. A representative from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will participate as well. Questions and comments are welcome from collection industry members and others who attend.

“Debt Collection Dialogue – New York” will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY. More information, including how to pre-register, is posted at The FTC will accept pre-registrations on behalf of both agencies. Pre-registration is not necessary to attend but is encouraged for event planning.

In the coming months, the FTC expects to hold additional dialogues, including events in Dallas and Atlanta (details will be available soon). All of the events are free and open to the public.

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Contact Information

Frank Dorman
FTC Office of Public Affairs

Thomas Kane
FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

Joseph Malczewski
Office of New York Attorney General