February 12, 2019
Commercial Law League Finalizing Preparations for Its 6th Annual Capitol Hill Day
Rolling Meadows, IL 2/12/19 — The Commercial Law League of America is finalizing preparations for its 6th Annual Capitol Hill Day where important policy issues will be discussed and promoted on behalf of its members, constituents and in the interest of the credit and finance industry. This year, the following issues will be pursued.

Bankruptcy Venue Reform
The League supports a rebalancing of where commercial Chapter 11 cases are filed and distributed throughout the country. Thus, it proposes legislation reform that limits venue to only where the debtor is headquartered or where its principal assets are located.  Link



November 21, 2018
Commercial Law League of America Files Amicus Brief
Rolling Meadows, IL 11/21/18 — The Commercial Law League of America has filed an amicus brief in support of the Respondent in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus, et al, pending before the United States Supreme Court.  The issue in Obduskey is whether the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act applies to a non-judicial foreclosure remedy under state law.  The consumer alleged that McCarthy & Holthus continued to send notices with regard to the foreclosure after receiving a request to verify the debt. Both the District Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a non-judicial procedure to foreclose a lien does not constitute debt collection under the FDCPA.  Link

June 21, 2018
Commercial Law League and IACC 2018 National Convention and Spring Meeting a Success.  Robert A. Bernstein awarded 2018 CLLA President’s Cup  Link

April 16, 2018
CLLA Appoints New Management Company  Link

February 23, 2018
Proposed Amendment for the Life Membership  Link

January 19, 2018
California State Bar Sections From New Nonprofit Organization
California Lawyers Association aims to expand educational and networking opportunities for its members  Link


April 27, 2017
Comment of the Commercial Law League of America Submitted to the United States Congress in Support of H.R. 1849 – Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2017  Link

April 20, 2017
CLLA’s Lawrence P. King Award Recipient Announced – Nancy B. Rapoport  Link

March 7, 2017
CLLA Hosts Hill Day 2017  Link

February 24, 2017
CLLA Hill Day 2017  Link

January 26, 2017
CLLA to Host 4th Annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.  Link


June 28, 2016
CLLA Forms Government Affairs Committee  Link

May 18, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
CLLA and The Venue Group Publish Data on Bankruptcy Forum Shopping  Link

April 27, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
CLLA Referral Translates Into Big Win for CLLA Member and Victims’ Families  Link

April 25, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
The Commercial Law League of America Announces New Agency Member Section
Wauconda, IL 4/25/2016 — Individual members of collection agencies have a new home within the Commercial Law League of America.
At the 122nd National Convention of the CLLA, the Board of Governors approved the formation of a new section for collection agency members. Triadic business (forwarded between collection agencies, law lists, and attorneys) has long been and continues to be an important part of the CLLA and this section will further emphasize the value of that business to its members. CLLA members that are agency owners or employees will be eligible to join the Agency Members Section (AMS).  While participation in the joint CLLA/IACC certification program will be encouraged, it will not be a pre-requisite for membership.

April 21, 2016
Press Release – For Immediate Release
The Commercial Law League of America Responds to the Passing of HR 2947 Bankruptcy Bill by Voice Vote
Wauconda, IL 4/19/2016 — Peter Califano, Commercial Law League of America’s (CLLA) president states, “The CLLA supports the use of the bankruptcy system to address the financial ills of large financial institutions, as opposed to the non-bankruptcy resolution process provided under the Dodd-Frank Act.  We believe that a process overseen by an experienced bankruptcy judge and guided by time-tested bankruptcy principles is invaluable.”

The House passed HR 2947 on April 12 2016.  The bill would overhaul the bankruptcy process for failing financial institutions. The measure passed in a voice vote, after the House Judiciary Committee moved it in a 25-0 vote.

The bill is designed to set up a specialized form of bankruptcy for large financial institutions that would be less disruptive to the economy than the process available under current law. House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling said the bill “is the first step to ending ‘too big to fail’ once and for all.”

Hensarling said the next step is the Financial Services Committee passing a bill later this week that would repeal part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that gives the government the power to unwind a failing financial firm outside of bankruptcy in a process known as orderly liquidation authority. To view bill HR 2947, click here.

February 24, 2016

February 22, 2016
Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) to Host 3rd Annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C.
Wauconda, IL 2/15/2016 — The Commercial Law League of America is scheduled to host its third Legislative event in Washington D.C., February 28 – March 1, 2016. CLLA held its first D.C. Legislative Day in February of 2014 and found the event to be very successful in building relationships with legislators. Historically, the League has focused on certain bankruptcy issues such as Venue and Preference Reform. This year, CLLA will expand the focus to include limiting FDCPA expansion. More information on these positions can be found on the League’s Hill Day Event page, visit www.clla.org/events and select Hill Day 2016 from the calendar.

The CLLA has devoted a section of its website, www.clla.org, to Venue Reform. The ad hoc group’s written statement as well as other related resources are available in the CLLA Venue Reform Workroom.

CLLA’s Hill Day event also provides attendees the opportunity to learn about the important lobbying work CLLA is doing and how to get its voice heard in Washington. Join CLLA in our efforts on Capitol Hill by registering online or contacting us at info@clla.org.

CLLA has a history of providing members and non-members alike with outstanding educational opportunities, many which provide state required CLE credit. CLLA has presented courses on Venue Reform for many years, as well as hosting a variety of events centered on the topic, such as the 2014 “Great Debate”. 2016 Capitol Hill Day is another such opportunity.

For more information on the D.C. Summit or other CLLA events, please contact us or visit our events page www.clla.org/events

February 18, 2016
FTC Reports on 2015 Activities to Combat Illegal Debt Collection Practices
Summary Provided to CFPB for Annual Report to Congress   Link

January 25, 2016
Deborah K. Ebner, FactorLaw Join Forces  Link

January 14, 2016
Andersen, Randall & Richards and The Bessenbacher Co. Announce Merger Creating BARR Credit Services, Inc.  Link

January 11, 2016
FTC and State Law Enforcement Partners Announce More Actions and Results in Continuing Crackdown Against Abusive Debt Collectors
In four separate actions, the Federal Trade Commission is announcing that it has stopped illegal debt collection tactics of several debt collection operations. In addition, other federal and state law enforcement officials have taken 12 more actions as part of a federal-state-local law enforcement initiative against deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. The cases announced today bring to 130 the number of actions taken over the past year by more than 70 law enforcement partners in Operation Collection Protection.

The continuing nationwide crackdown targets collectors whose illegal tactics include harassing phone calls, false threats of lawsuits and arrest, attempts to collect phony debts, not providing consumers with legally required disclosures, and noncompliance with state licensing requirements.   Click here to read the full press release

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