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6 Hunstein Cases Dismissed: TransUnion Casts Significant Doubt on Viability…

Steel Rose

"the Supreme Court’s decision in TransUnion casts significant doubt on the continued viability of Hunstein," according to the Judge Gary Brown, United States District Judge for the EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. The Memorandum and Order of the District Court also declares: "First, in TransUnion, the Supreme Court held that the...


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Product Spotlight

CSS Product Spotlight

Henry Gardner

CSS, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise class accounts receivable management and financial software offers a broad portfolio of platforms & solutions. CSS enables companies to transition their legacy revenue & payment management systems to a modern, cognitive, centralized, cloud-based Financial Ecosystem®. CSS may be utilized to provide business financial...


Skip Tracing Advisor

Developing a Network of Closed Sources by Ron Brown, Skip Tr…

Ron Brown

As we begin this article it is very important that the professional tracer clearly understand what constitutes a “CLOSED SOURCE”, the value of a closed source network and the obligation due to each closed source. Definition: CLOSED SOURCE… sources of information with restricted access and information available only through mutual information...


Collection Software Roundtables

Shielding Collectors From TCPA and FDCPA Violations

Joshua Fluegel

The demands of regulators lead collection professionals to collect debt with the credo of “as little contact with the consumer as possible.” Every eliminated encounter with a consumer while the payment is still being collected is one less chance for a TCPA or FDCPA violation. For this reason many accounts...


Feature Stories

Hunstein on Rehearing – Revisiting Article III Standing in t…

Eve Cann and Jonathan Green

On April 21, 2021, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Richard Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc., and potentially created a new claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) – ruling that a debt collector's sharing of information with a vendor is a violation...


Collection Agency Advisor

The Secret to Excelling in Profit AND Performance

Gordon C. Beck III

To each their own. That’s what I keep telling myself when discussing with my competitors what their strategy is to run and operate a successful collection agency. Everyone’s outlook is different, but the same. Sure, everyone wants to be a top agency, that’s what everyone is supposed to say. But...


Legal Collection Advisor

Executive Orders Impacting Collections

Michael Starzec

No, this is not a review of the 1996 thriller starring Kurt Russell, Halle Berry and Steven Seagal but it does focus on the prestige of the word “Executive.”   At hotels and sports arenas, you want the executive suite. In Illinois, at least a 1,000 corporations integrate “executive” into their...


Collection Industry Advisor

3 Options to Offer During Tax Season

Nick Jarman

When it comes to collecting debt, tax season is without argument the most profitable season of the year. Tax season starts at the beginning of February and wraps up in early May. February generally sees the highest return and slightly tapers off each month thereafter. One issue that can ease...


Compliance Advisor

PCI Compliance, SOC, and HITRUST

Debra J. Ciskey

With the June, 2019, disclosure of a data breach at AMCA looming large in the rearview mirror, debt collectors both large and small are scrambling to verify the security of their consumer portals and their consumer information in general. With numerous vendors and auditors serving the industry in this key...


LocateSmarter® and TEC Services Group, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership

  • Written by Lindsey Newcomb

LocateSmarter LLC, a leading data and analytics company, and TEC Services Group, Inc. (TEC), a leading provider of analytics consulting services, announced today that the two companies have formed a strategic partnership. TEC clients can now access LocateSmarter’s skip tracing products through TEC’s REVEALDataWorks platform.

TEC’s REVEALDataWorks assists companies with data-driven analysis of third-party skip tracing products. Integrated with LocateSmarter and other data providers, TEC has the ability to run champion/challenger tests with little technical or analytical resources needed from the client.

LocateSmarter also uses data-driven analysis to provide customizable skip trace solutions for companies in the accounts receivable management industry. Variables such as data sources, hit rate and cell-to-landline distribution can be managed at the portfolio level to provide the best return on investment.

Tom Sweat, TEC President commented, “We are excited to add LocateSmarter as another option on our platform. Their ability to customize their skip tracing products will be a tremendous benefit to our clients.”

Jonathan Brooks, LocateSmarter President added, “Many factors including age of debt, type of debt and balance of debt can affect your skip tracing results. Both TEC and LocateSmarter understand this, so we are happy to offer a more flexible option to the accounts receivable industry and partner with TEC, a company that excels at facilitating tests and providing non-biased data analysis.”

LocateSmarter will initially provide their phone append product through TEC, and plans to offer additional skip tracing products in the near future.

To get started with LocateSmarter Phone Append through TEC’s REVEALDataWorks, please contact LocateSmarter at 888-254-5501 or visit

About TEC Services Group
Since 1998, TEC Services Group, Inc. has provided professional, advisory and analytical services to the Credit and Collections industry. Our consultants bring an unparalleled knowledge of accounts receivable management (ARM) and a reputation for being at the top of their field in specialized practice areas. This cross functional team of experienced industry veterans, help collection organizations solve real-world problems across every aspect of their business. For more information, please visit

About LocateSmarter®
LocateSmarter, LLC was formed in 2012 with a mission to deliver next generation, cloud-based skip trace solutions for accounts receivable management and collection purposes. With a focus on high quality data and an intricate understanding of the accounts receivable industry, LocateSmarter has built skip tracing products that improve contact rates, reduce operating costs and minimize the risk of complaints and litigation associated with inaccurate data.

LocateSmarter has been recognized as an Employer of Choice and received the 2016 Top Collection Product Award. For more information on LocateSmarter and its products, please visit or call 888-254-5501.