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Maurice Wutscher’s Shannon Miller Discusses New Guidance to Data Furnishers on How to Handle Medical Debt in Westlaw Today

April 1, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Shannon P. Miller has published an article, “Credit reporting agencies begin to roll out guidance to data furnishers on how to treat, report medical debt,” on Thomson Reuters Westlaw Today.

In the article, Mr. Miller discusses the guidance the three major credit reporting agencies are providing to data furnishers on how they should handle medical debt.

“As the [credit reporting agencies] have changed their policies and procedures, so too must the industry. Be sure that your compliance team is adjusting your policies and procedures regarding how medical debt is treated and data thereon furnished to be consistent with the … new directives. Furnishing data inconsistent with the … directives may potentially lead to consumer claims against such furnishers as well as consequences from the [agencies],” 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 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 Shannon Miller Discusses Credit Reporting Agencies’ New Policy on Treating Medical Debt in Westlaw Today

March 29, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Shannon P. Miller has published an article, “Seeing medical debt in a new light, credit reporting agencies announce major change in how they will treat, report medical debt,” on Thomson Reuters Westlaw Today.

In the article, Mr. Miller discusses a statement from the three major credit reporting agencies that they are changing the way they will treat medical debt, with some of the changes to take effect this summer.

“Significantly, starting July 1, 2022, defaulted medical debt placed for collections and which has subsequently been paid will no longer be included in a consumer credit report issued by the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies…, diverging from what is permitted under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681c, which allows for delinquent accounts to be reported for up to seven years, whether it has been paid or not,” 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 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 Brent Yarborough to Discuss Defense Strategies for FDCPA Lawsuits at ACA International Conference

Brent Yarborough

March 8, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Brent Yarborough will discuss defense strategies for lawsuits brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at the ACA International IGNITE 2022 Conference on March 17 in Las Vegas.

In his talk, “Served Again! Let’s Talk Next Steps,” Mr. Yarborough will join a panel in discussing how to evaluate a lawsuit for defense or settlement, how to evaluate jurisdiction, what are the necessary facts, when to outsource to local counsel, when to handle in-house, and when to consider bringing out big industry players.

For more information and to register, click here.

Brent Yarborough is a principal at Maurice Wutscher LLP. He focuses his practice on regulatory compliance and the defense of consumer law claims.