Friday, October 12, 2018
Registration Open 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Board Meeting: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Desmond Hotel
8:00-8:30am - Registration and Breakfast
8:30-8:40am - Opening remarks by PACBA President Brit Suttell
8:40-9:40am - Session One
Topic: Hot Topics in Debt Collection for 2018 (1 Substantive Credit)
BY: Jason G. Wehrle, Esquire
Managing Partner Western Pennsylvania Office
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP
Summary: This presentation will review the most impactful legal decisions of 2018 and how they will impact the debt collection industry. While our focus will be on recent rulings in Pennsylvania, we will also look to rulings from other jurisdictions which may affect how Pennsylvania practitioners do business. We will also look at some recent changes at the CFPB, including appointment of a new acting director, and what appears to be a philosophical change in how the CFPB will implement and enforce rulemaking and enforcement activity. Finally, we will pull out our crystal ball to see what legal trends and issues we anticipate becoming hot topics for 2019 and beyond.
9:40-9:45am - Break
9:45-10:45am - Session Two
Topic: The Priorities of the Pennsylvania Attorney General in the Area of Consumer Financial Protection (1 Substantive Credit)
BY: John Abel, Esquire
Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection
Pennsylvania Attorney Generals’ Office
Summary: John Abel will provide an overview of the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and will discuss some of its recent initiatives.
10:45-11:00am - Break
11:00-12:00pm - Session Three
Topic: Rules are Coming: What you need to be prepared (1 Substantive Credit)
BY: Joann Needleman, Esquire
Member; Leader Consumer Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance Practice Group
Clark Hill, PLC.
Summary: In March the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) will issue its Notice of Proposal Rule for Debt Collection. Learn about the issues the Bureau will address in its proposed rule, how rules will impact your practice and what you need to prepare.
12:00-12:45pm - Lunch
12:45-1:55pm - Session Four
Topic: The CFPB v. Weltman: An Insider’s View (1 Substantive Credit)
BY: James P. Valecko, Esquire
Shareholder and Managing Partner of the Pittsburgh Office
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, Co., LPA
Summary: The 1977 enactment of the FDCPA, with its provisions for private enforcement actions, forever changed the business landscape for debt collectors. While the development of a cottage industry for FDCPA complaints and the threat of class actions imposed a significant “cost of doing business” on the industry during 1980’s and 90’s, the emergence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in the wake of the 2008 Financial Crisis, has created an existential threat to the law firms who specialize in consumer debt collection.
This course will provide an insider’s look at the preparation process started by Weltman in 2012, with the advent of the Larger Participants Rule, for an inevitable CFPB audit or investigation. It will examine the CID and Nora processes leading up to the filing of the CFPB complaint against Weltman, Weinberg and Reis. And finally it will review a number of the judicial decisions and political events which arose during and impacted the litigation, the trail process itself and the successful verdict obtained by Weltman.
1:55-2:00pm - Break
2:00-3:00pm - Session Five
Topic: Bankruptcy Update 2018 (1 Ethics Credit)
BY: James Warmbrodt, Esquire
KML Law Group, P.C.
Summary: Bankruptcy Update 2018 will discuss new case decisions from the last year in Pennsylvania that impact all areas of bankruptcy including confirmations, motions for relief from stay, objections to claims and ethical considerations regarding the recoverability of fees and costs.
3:00-3:30pm - Board Meeting
This program is pending approval for a total of 5 CLE credits.
RSVP by noon on Friday, October 5, 2018
For your convenience, there are rooms blocked with single and double occupancy with rates starting at $139 (plus tax). Contact the Desmond Hotel directly,1-800-575-1776 to reserve your room. Must secure room by Wednesday, September 12th.
No refunds will be issued for seminar cancellations received after Friday, September 28, 2018 by 5:00pm or for no shows.
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