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Someone recently asked how forwarders search for listees on a law list website. I noted that provides more ways than any other law list:
  • For commercial claims: Search by debtor Zip Code, country, geographic location or alpha information.
  • To find a listee that handles specific types of collection cases: Search by debtor ZIP Code or by geography.
  • To find a listee that handles other fields of law besides collections: Search by ZIP Code or by geography.
  • To receive a personal recommendation by an ALQ staff member: Simply give us the ZIP Code of your debtor.
  • The site also offers a considerable amount of vital information, including international statutes of limitations, a summary of collections laws and much more.
Here's the process: (1) Visit (2) Click "Search the List" in the top navigation bar. (3) If you have a username and password, use the "LOGIN" button. (4) If you do NOT have a username and password, click the "REQUEST ID" button, fill in the information and we'll process your request for a LOGIN ID. Why all the tight security? Anyone who has LOGIN privileges to search our site also has the ability to forward cases to our attorneys. It's important that we qualify everyone.

Happy Holidays!

Thomas W. Hamilton

 Industry News

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index
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The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity for the $628 billion equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for October was $7.6 billion, up 27 percent from volume of $6.0 billion in the same period in 2011. Volume was down 7 percent from the previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 17 percent. More

IPO, CFPB and credit issuer changes will make their mark on M&A
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On Aug. 10, Performant Financial Corp. completed the first ARM IPO in years. The company went public at $10.60 per share, has since peaked at $12.18 per share, and as of Nov. 9 was trading at $9.66 per share, a 9 percent discount to the IPO price. This IPO is important to ARM/RCM industry M&A, as it may encourage additional public offerings. If the firm performs well, it should also stimulate interest in the industry among institutional investors who prefer to invest in firms that have an IPO as a potential exit strategy. More

Update on trustee Ch. 11 attorney compensation guidelines
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On Nov. 2, the U.S. Trustee Program updated its proposed guidelines for attorney compensation in large Chapter 11 cases. The following information describes the eight areas of significant changes in the proposed guidelines. More

US Court of Appeals sides with debt collection agency over privacy infringement case
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A decision handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed debt collection agencies' right to use automated calls to contact debtors. In the case, the court sided with the debt collection agency Account Receivables Management, which was accused by the defendant, Michael Worsham, of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Telephone Consumer Protection Act when he was repeatedly contacted by the agency, InsideARM reports. More

Student loan delinquencies hit new high
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Late last year, total student debt outstanding surpassed $1 trillion for the first time. Now, the problem of student loan delinquency is generating its own eye-popping numbers. New data released today shows 11 percent of student loans were 90 days or more past due in the third quarter, up from 8.9 percent in the previous quarter and 8.8 percent a year prior, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. More

Brad Pitt, HBO developing debt-collector drama    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, is developing an hour-long drama for HBO inspired by a New Yorker article. Paper is based on Jake Halpern's 2010 article "Pay Up," about a small-time debt collector in Buffalo, N.Y. Variety reports that the lead character is "a notorious ex-gangster," but in the New Yorker piece, Jimmy's just a former cocaine dealer, not an infamous criminal. More

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ABC-Amega, Inc. has been doing business with ALQ for longer than the 34 years I have been with ABC. They have always handled every request we make of them in a timely, efficient, professional manner. Their listees are top notch and service us and our Clients in the same way ALQ services us. As you can imagine in this industry, we've had a couple of dicey situations to deal with over the years, but ALQ has always come through for us and our Clients with flying colors. Thanks to Tom and Nancy and the entire staff at ALQ for making our lives a bit easier and more enjoyable.

— Bob Tharnish, Vice President, ABC-Amega Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.

As a lawyer specializing in debt collection for Chinese exporters, an ALQ listee is always my first choice when local counsel/contacts is needed. Thanks to ALQ's invaluable assistance, I am now widely recognized by Chinese exporters as an international debt collection lawyer.

— Wang Yanxiang, Attorney at Law, Guangdong Shentiancheng Law Firm, Shenzhen, China

The Sigmon Law Firm, P.A. is pleased and proud to be a partner with ALQ as a listee here in North Carolina. We receive a significant number of good quality claims over ALQ on a regular basis. We have found over the many years of our association with ALQ, the forwarders sending claims over the list are some of the most professional agencies we deal with. We value our listing with ALQ and appreciate the services they provide our firm.

— C. Miller Sigmon, Attorney, The Sigmon Law Firm, P.A., Raleigh, N.C.

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