Steven R. Dunn graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and has been a licensed attorney based in Dallas, Texas since 1984. His practice primarily consists of representing third party debt collectors in all Texas state courts and federal courts not only in Texas, but also throughout the United States. His areas of expertise includes complex class related litigation, Fair Debt Collection Practices defense, Telephone Consumer Protection Act defense, premises liability, banking and U.C.C. law, business litigation, and employment law. His experience also includes overseeing compliance issues and corporate matters. Mr. Dunn has appeared as lead counsel, through the pro hac vice process in over twenty federal courts outside the State of Texas and has established a nationwide practice through his association and collaboration of attorneys in other jurisdictions.
In the 1976 movie The Marathon Man, Sir Laurence Olivier is torturing Dustin Hoffman in the attempt to discover if it is safe for Olivier to retrieve his cache of ill-gotten diamonds. Olivier believes Hoffman knows the location of the diamonds and whether the site is being watched. So as he drills into his teeth, Olivier continually asks Hoffman, “Is it safe?” At the time, Hoffman does not know.
In context, two, recent federal district court decisions show the evolving and yet contradictory landscape of TCPA compliance on the issue of “express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227. As such, with regard to the safe harbor, “express consent,” defense, third party debt collectors are left to wonder, “is it safe?”
Bonus programs are critical to retaining top debt collector talent. But many plaintiff attorneys are using the programs against collection agencies in lawsuits.