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Maurice Wutscher Attorneys to Speak on Data Privacy, Compliance at RMAI Conference

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Feb. 1, 2023 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Alan Hochheiser and Donald Maurice will speak on data privacy, compliance, legislative, and regulatory matters impacting the receivables management industry at RMAI’s annual conference in Las Vegas Feb. 6-9.

Mr. Hochheiser will discuss current issues in the receivables management industry and share insights on how to mitigate risk and stay compliant.

Mr. Maurice will give a talk on ethics-driven compliance management and participate in a session reviewing new state and federal laws and regulations impacting the receivables management industry. He will also discuss federal developments in data privacy and security laws and regulations.

For more information about the Receivables Management Association International conference, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of Ohio Super Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Donald Maurice is outside counsel to RMAI. He represents the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in appellate and trial courts throughout the country in individual and class actions and guiding businesses, trade associations and financial services companies nationwide in regulatory and compliance matters. He has been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of New Jersey Super Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Webinar: Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser to Discuss Best Practices in Consumer Bankruptcy Matters

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Jan. 20, 2023 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser will discuss best practices for the accounts receivable management industry concerning consumers who have filed for bankruptcy protection during a webinar Thursday, Jan 26, at 1 pm ET.

In this webinar, Mr. Hochheiser and panel will break down what creditors and collectors need to know about consumers and bankruptcy.

“What You Need to Know About Consumers and Bankruptcy” is being presented by AccountsRecovery.net. To register for the complimentary webinar, click here.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Shannon Miller Takes a Closer Look at Medical Debt and How It Is Being Regulated in Westlaw Today

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Jan. 17, 2023 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Shannon P. Miller has published an article, “Regulating medical debt collection: A 2022 review and look ahead,” on Thomson Reuters Westlaw Today.

In the article, Mr. Miller discusses the record amounts of medical debt created by the COVID-19 pandemic. That coupled with “flaws in how medical services are billed and what understanding consumers have of their financial responsibility for these services” led to more regulatory activity of medical debt in 2022.

“Last year saw an influx of federal and state regulation aimed at what information must be conveyed to consumers in anticipation of the provision of medical services as well as restrictions on the collection of medical debt. Expect more activity in 2023,” he writes.

To read the full article, click here.

Shannon P. Miller is a principal attorney in Maurice Wutscher’s Pennsylvania office, where he focuses his practice on various aspects of financial services law with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation. He has successfully represented healthcare and financial institutions and law firms across the country for claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Maurice Wutscher’s Alan Hochheiser Sums Up 2022’s Top Trends in Bankruptcy Law for Law360

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Jan. 12, 2023 — Maurice Wutscher bankruptcy practitioner Alan Hochheiser sums up the top trends in bankruptcy law during 2022 and looks ahead to what 2023 may hold in an expert analysis article for Law360.

In “Takeaways From 2022’s Top Bankruptcy Trends,” Mr. Hochheiser explains that despite fewer overall bankruptcies registered, 2022 saw an increase in novel bankruptcy litigation issues in both consumer and commercial matters, particularly regarding procedures, stay violations, new options, and student loan discharge.

Alan Hochheiser is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, where he advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors. Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Webinar: Maurice Wutscher’s Donald Maurice to Discuss New York’s Proposed Amendment to Debt Collection Regulation

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Jan. 4, 2023 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Donald Maurice will discuss the New York Department of Financial Services’ updated proposal for new debt collection rules during a webinar Friday, Jan. 6 at 3 pm ET.

The amendment, while still open for comment, has a number of new wrinkles and provisions that could change the process through which debts are collected in New York.

In this webinar, Mr. Maurice and panel will walk through the proposed changes and discuss next steps for creditors and collectors.

“Understanding the New New York Debt Collection Proposed Rules” is being presented by AccountsRecovery.net. To register for the complimentary webinar, click here.

Donald Maurice represents the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in appellate and trial courts throughout the country in individual and class actions and guiding businesses, trade associations and financial services companies nationwide in regulatory and compliance matters.

Maurice Wutscher Bankruptcy Attorney Alan Hochheiser Named 2023 Superlawyer

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Jan. 4, 2023 — Alan Hochheiser, a leading bankruptcy practitioner at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP, has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in the areas of Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy.

Each year, only five percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mr. Hochheiser advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors.

Among his accomplishments, he has successfully resolved non-dischargeable claims based upon fraud conversion and breach of fiduciary issues and has successfully handled the assumption of leases in the bankruptcy of a major airline.

Mr. Hochheiser chairs the ABA Business Law Section’s Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

Maurice Wutscher’s Brady Hermann Quoted About Motion to Compel Finra Arbitration

Dec. 12, 2022 ­— Maurice Wutscher attorney Brady Hermann was quoted in a recent AdvisorHub article about a former in-house counsel’s attempt to compel arbitration of a brokerage firm’s claims against him regarding his move to a competing register investment advisor and the possible effect the decision could have on other employees going forward.

Mr. Hermann said the lawyer will likely fail on this argument as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority didn’t intend for “disputes between employees in [his] position to be subject to mandatory arbitration.”

Brady Hermann is senior counsel in the Boston and New York offices of Maurice Wutscher LLP. He regularly represents financial services companies including banks, broker-dealers, financial advisors, financial asset buyers and third party debt collectors in individual, class action and regulatory matters. He has successfully represented clients throughout the country against claims for violations of securities laws, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Maurice Wutscher’s Donald Maurice Discusses Fifth Circuit Ruling on CFPB Funding in Westlaw Today

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Nov. 4, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Donald Maurice has published an article, “After Fifth Circuit Ruling Get Ready for More Challenges to CFPB Authority, Is Reg F Next?,” on Thomson Reuters Westlaw Today.

In the article, Mr. Maurice discusses an important decision from the Fifth Circuit, Community Financial Association of America v. CFPB, which has cast doubt on the validity of the CFPB’s rulemaking and enforcement activities.

“The ruling poses a difficult challenge for the CFPB. Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Seila Lawno easy fix may be available to preserve CFPB activity undertaken during the period of unconstitutional funding, at least in the Fifth Circuit. The decision’s reasoning suggests it is not at all possible to “sever” the funding scheme as a possible fix that would preserve the Bureau’s prior activities,” he writes.

To read the full article, click here.

Donald Maurice is a principal attorney at Maurice Wutshcer LLP, where he represents the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in appellate and trial courts throughout the country in individual and class actions and guiding businesses, trade associations, healthcare and financial services companies nationwide in regulatory and compliance matters.

Maurice Wutscher’s Shannon Miller, Keith Wier to Speak on Medical Debt Regulation at ACA Int’l 2022 Fall Forum

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Oct. 25, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Shannon P. Miller and Keith Wier will discuss the latest policy and regulatory developments in the treatment and reporting of medical debt and how to remain compliant at ACA International’s 2022 Fall Forum on Nov. 4 in Chicago.

In their talk, “Medical Debt and the Ever-Changing Regulatory Landscape,” the speakers will examine the recently enacted No Surprises Act as well as new state laws and regulations targeting medical debt collections and the CFPB’s position on medical debt collection and credit reporting. They also will discuss how the CRAs have modified their policies in response to the CFPB’s guidance and how these changes may affect an agency’s ability to stay compliant with collections and reporting of medical debt.

For more information and to register click here.

Shannon P. Miller is a principal attorney in Maurice Wutscher’s Pennsylvania office, where he focuses his practice on various aspects of financial services law with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation. He has successfully represented healthcare and financial institutions and law firms across the country for claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Keith Wier focuses his practice on the defense of individual and class action suits under state and federal consumer statutes, professional liability defense, and compliance issues for members of the collection industry. He has substantial experience defending collection agencies, law firms, debt buyers, and creditors in consumer litigation in Texas and is certified as a specialist in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Maurice Wutscher’s Brady Hermann Quoted About Breach-of-Contract Lawsuit

Oct. 17, 2022 ­— Maurice Wutscher attorney Brady Hermann spoke to AdvisorHub recently about a financial services company’s breach-of-contract lawsuit against a former in-house counsel.

The lawsuit alleges the attorney used confidential information he learned while employed regarding the company’s employment practices and litigation strategies when he assisted former brokers set up a competing Registered Investment Advisor, which he himself subsequently joined as general counsel.

Brady Hermann is senior counsel in the Boston and New York offices of Maurice Wutscher LLP. He regularly represents financial services companies including banks, broker-dealers, financial advisors, financial asset buyers and third party debt collectors in individual, class action and regulatory matters. He has successfully represented clients throughout the country against claims for violations of securities laws, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Maurice Wutscher’s Shannon Miller, Keith Wier Discuss Developments in Medical Debt at Southwest ACA Conference & Expo

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Oct. 12, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Shannon P. Miller and Keith Wier discussed the latest policy and regulatory developments in the treatment and reporting of medical debt at the 2022 Annual Southwest ACA Conference & Expo on Oct. 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth.

In their talk, “Medical Debt and the Ever-Changing Regulatory Landscape,” the speakers examined the recently enacted No Surprises Act as well as new state laws and regulations targeting medical debt collections and the CFPB’s position on medical debt collection and credit reporting. They also discussed how the CRAs have modified their policies in response to the CFPB’s guidance and how these changes may affect an agency’s ability to stay compliant with collections and reporting of medical debt.

Shannon P. Miller is a principal attorney in Maurice Wutscher’s Pennsylvania office, where he focuses his practice on various aspects of financial services law with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation. He has successfully represented healthcare and financial institutions and law firms across the country for claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Keith Wier focuses his practice on the defense of individual and class action suits under state and federal consumer statutes, professional liability defense, and compliance issues for members of the collection industry. He has substantial experience defending collection agencies, law firms, debt buyers, and creditors in consumer litigation in Texas and is certified as a specialist in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Webinar: Maurice Wutscher’s Kevin Hudspeth to Discuss Assignment of Rents Enforcement After a Commercial Mortgage Default

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Oct. 11, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Kevin Hudspeth will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live video webinar, Assignment of Rents Enforcement After a Default: Receivership, Foreclosure, and Bankruptcy Issues on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 1 pm – 2:30 pm ET. The program is eligible in most states for 1.5 CLE credits.

Mr. Hudspeth will join a panel in discussing the different approaches that state and bankruptcy courts have taken to the exercise of assignment of rent remedies and how those approaches should inform the drafting of an assignment of rents and leases document in a commercial mortgage transaction.

After the presentation, the speakers will engage in a live question and answer session with attendees.

To register to attend the program at half off click here. Or call 1-800-926-7926 and ask for Assignment of Rents Enforcement on 10/25/2022 with promo code ZDFCA.

Kevin Hudspeth is a principal at national business and financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP. He has substantial litigation experience in federal and state courts across the country, predominantly related to consumer protection claims, real estate issues, commercial business disputes, Uniform Commercial Code litigation, loan repurchase litigation, and contested foreclosures. He has handled and overseen cases at all levels, including federal appeals, class action lawsuits, and complicated trial level matters involving complex facts or difficult legal questions. He has also drafted amicus briefs for industry trade associations filed in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Hudspeth is a former Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.