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Latest ABI Podcast Examines Potential Effects on Debt Collectors and Consumers Stemming from the Supreme Court's Decision in Henson v. Santander

Alexandria, Va. ABI editor-at-large Bill Rochelle talks with consumer law scholar Prof. Jeff Sovern of St. John's University School of Law and consumer bankruptcy attorney John R. Bollinger of the Boleman Law Firm about the Supreme Court's June 12 opinion in Henson v. Santander Consumer (No. 16-349). After the court ruled that a debt collector who purchases a debt for its own account is not a debt collector covered by the FDCPA, Prof. Sovern and Bollinger examined the potential effects that the decision will have on both debt collectors and consumers.

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Prof. Sovern is a frequently cited scholar on consumer law issues and a contributor to the Consumer Law & Policy blog, where he has tracked this case. Bollinger focuses his practice on consumer bankruptcy law, is an editor of ABI's Volo project (circuit court responder) and was a presenter on an ABI Live program, "Collections Gone Bankrupt," in January.

Started in 2006, the ABI Podcast series has more than 200 episodes featuring experts examining important topics to both consumer and business bankruptcy professionals. To view the archive of previous ABI Podcasts, please click here:  


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