Cash-strapped states, cities, and municipalities often provide expansive powers and extraordinary fee authority to the various debt collection agencies and law firms acting on their behalf, pursuing unpaid taxes, parking tickets, and tolls. As a result, the perception exists that collection activity in this space is completely unregulated, or significantly deregulated, and does not draw any regulatory scrutiny. But that perception is wrong, as we will discuss, and legal developments with traditional consumer debts can foreshadow developments with governmental debts.

Topics will include:

  • The potential application of the FDCPA and state debt collection laws

  • Other federal and state laws applicable to the collection of municipal debt

  • Enforcement actions and other actions by the CFPB, FTC, and state attorneys general

  • Worst practices for debt collection agencies and law firms in this space

  • Best practices for debt collection agencies and law firms in this space

Date & TIme

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET


Alan S. Kaplinsky
Practice Group Leader
Consumer Financial Services


Christopher J. Willis
Practice Leader
Consumer Financial Services Litigation

John L. Culhane, Jr.
Consumer Financial Services

Stefanie H. Jackman
Consumer Financial Service Litigation

This program is open to Ballard Spahr clients interested in data privacy and security in the digital world. There is no cost to attend. This program is not eligible for continuing education credits.

Please register at least two days before the webinar. Login details will be sent to all approved registrants. For more information, contact Daniel Martin at