Collector - September 2016 - (Page 2)
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Patrick J. Morris
You've Got a Friend in ACA
ACA International's Industry Advancement Program continues to
be a strong voice for the credit and collection industry throughout
the judicial branch.
The YGS Group
By Patrick J. Morris
our association is constantly thinking about what's next for its members and for
the credit and collection industry as a whole. ACA International has taken on
a growing role in advocating for legitimate collection businesses at the federal,
state and local levels. From contacting consumers on their cell phones to navigating
the collection of federal student loan debt, not a day goes by that ACA is not fighting to
advance our industry's interests with lawmakers and regulators.
But what about the other branch of government? Our nation's judicial system is designed
to interpret the law in a way that is fair, balanced and-frankly-low-profile. And your
association has taken an active role in working with the courts on cases critical to the credit
and collection industry.
ACA's Industry Advancement Program (IAP) has done outstanding advocacy work in the
judicial branch on behalf of the credit and collection industry in the nearly three years since
the inception of the ACA Industry Advancement Fund. In that time, 39 court cases have
received some sort of support through IAP. This is a precipitous rise in our interaction since
the ACA Board of Directors took the important step of beginning the IAP, instead of relying
only on voluntary contributions. The data, and our effectiveness, tells the tale.
Specifically, ACA has filed amicus, or friend of the court, briefs in 24 cases impacting
the credit and collection industry. These amicus briefs are often the only opportunity for
nonparties like ACA to participate in appeals that present significant legal issues or may lead
to harmful precedents for the industry. Think of it as ACA's opportunity to bring its expertise
to court: Amicus briefs can supplement or bolster another party's brief, provide historical
perspective or technical assistance, or mitigate or expand the effects of previous opinions
from other courts.
Learn more about the importance of ACA's amicus briefs on pg. 30 of this issue. Also, be
sure to check out the IAP page at acainternational.org for the most up-to-date information
about ACA's advocacy work in the judicial branch.
Patrick J. Morris
is ACA International's chief
executive officer. He can be reached
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector - September 2016
5 Ways to Get Electronic Payments Right
Making the Connection
Curious About Amicus Curiae?
Know the Score
What Creditors Need to Know About the TCPA
ACA Industry Advancement Support Helps Secure Victory for Collection Industry in FDCPA Case
Collector - September 2016