Behind the Lucrative Assembly Line of Student Debt Lawsuits

The tide of rising defaults has also turned into a lucrative business, with companies collecting tens of millions of dollars through settlements, wage garnishments and other compelled payments.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Stacy Cowley, Jessica Silver-Greenberg
New York Times (NYT)
November 13, 2017

Organizations mentioned/involved: National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


Transworld Systems has been one of most prolific debt collectors, filing more than 38,000 lawsuits in the last three years on behalf of a single client, the National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts. But many of the cases were flawed, as the debt collector churned out mass-produced documentation based on scant verification, according to legal filings by a federal regulator and a New York Times analysis of court records from hundreds of cases.

In September, the regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, accused National Collegiate and Transworld, in separate complaints, of using sloppy and illegal collections methods. Both parties agreed to settle and pay more than $21 million in penalties and refunds.