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Mike Bevel

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Mike Bevel is an Editor for insideARM.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @MikeBevel_iA. You can also email him about Charles Dickens, Shannen Doherty, Angela Lansbury, and "Murder, She Wrote." He lives, laughs, and loves in Rockville, Maryland. He is terrified of whales.

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A Q&A for Agencies on the FCC’s 2015 TCPA Clarification

On July 18, 2015 the FCC published a declaratory ruling in response to questions from the telecommunications, telemarketing, and receivables management industries. This ruling was intended to provide direction and clarity around the definition and use of technology used in contacting consumers; however, many felt this ruling in fact muddied the waters further. What follows […]

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Colorado FDCPA Preparing for Sunset Review

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is performing a “sunset review” of Colorado’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Colorado General Assembly sets specific dates that a particular agency, board, or, in this case, function of government will terminate unless the legislature passes new legislation to continue. A  sunset review will generally question the need for regulation […]

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Convenience Fees: Potential for Mischief?

Two attorneys — one for collections, one for consumers — talk through urgency channels, convenience fees, and due dates. It’s another example of how language that, on the surface, seems helpful and clarifying for a collection agency, can also be seen as deceptive, by a consumer attorney, to the Least Sophisticated Consumer.

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Supreme Court Sides with Consumer on TCPA Case Campbell-Ewald v Gomez in 6-3 Decision

In a 6-3 “no” for the industry, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in her majority opinion, writes, “Campbell’s settlement bid and Rule 68 offer of judgment, once rejected, had no continuing efficacy. Absent Gomez’s acceptance, Campbell’s settlement offer remained only a proposal, binding neither Campbell nor Gomez. Having rejected Campbell’s settlement bid, and given Campbell’scontinuing denial of liability, Gomez gained no entitlement to the relief Campbell previously offered.”

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Time Warner Offers “Nomorobo” — a System That Blocks Robo- and Telemarketing Calls

Technology options like this were mentioned back in June, when the FCC held its mid-year TCPA clarification hearing. Several commissioners described the technology as a consumer-friendly way to escape the perceived constant pressure of intrusive calls. But is it possible this technology can do more harm for consumers and their financial health than good?