Federal Trade Commission and Office of New York State Attorney General Announce Speakers for Debt Collection Dialogue in Buffalo

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The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General have announced the speakers for the “Debt Collection Dialogue” the two agencies will host in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015. FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will deliver opening remarks; officials from the New York State Department of Financial Services and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will also make presentations.

The event will be the first of several Debt Collection Dialogues the FTC will hold around the country, including in Dallas and Atlanta (more details will be available this summer). At each event, the FTC and its state and federal law enforcement partners will discuss recent enforcement actions, consumer complaints about debt collection practices, and compliance issues. The speakers will welcome questions and comments from collection industry members and others who attend. All of the events will be free and open to the public.

“Debt Collection Dialogue – Buffalo” will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY.  More information is at www.ftc.gov/DebtCollectionDialogue.

This is the tentative agenda for the Dialogue in Buffalo:

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.Welcome
Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General, New York State
1:40 - 1:50Opening Remarks
Jessica Rich, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection
1:50 - 3:10Presentations
James Morrissey, Assistant Attorney General, Office of New York State Attorney General

Christopher Koegel, Assistant Director, FTC Division of Financial Practices

Greg Nodler, Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Joy Feigenbaum, Executive Deputy Superintendent, Financial Frauds & Consumer Protection, New York State Department of Financial Services
3:10 - 3:20Break
3:20 - 4:20Q&A Period
4:20 - 4:30Closing
Christopher Koegel, FTC

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Contact Information

MEDIA CONTACT:
Frank Dorman
FTC Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2674

STAFF CONTACTS:
Thomas Kane
FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3224

Joseph Malczewski
Office of New York Attorney General
716-853-8400