President Obama Friday signed an executive order that calls for increased credit card protection measures for some federal benefits and expense cards distributed by the government. The President also formally endorsed the chip-and-PIN payment system for U.S. cards, a move opposed by many banking and commerce groups.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday ruled against a debt collection agency in a TCPA express prior consent case, reversing a lower court decision and hewing closely to a requested amicus brief filed by the FCC on the matter.
Kirit Patel of California has pleaded guilty to four counts of mail fraud and wire fraud after an extensive federal investigation of the debt collection agency he ran. The FTC and prosecutors noted that many of the debts Patel was attempting to collect did not exist.
LiveVox Inc., the leading provider of cloud contact center solutions for enterprise operations, announced it will host a creditor-focused compliance webinar with renowned ARM industry legal expert, David Kaminski of Carlson & Messer, LLP on Tuesday, November 11th at 2:30 ET/11:30PT.
Debt collectors breathed a collective sigh of relief after the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court ruling in the Mais case. Coupled with the FCC’s seemingly business-friendly declaratory rulings of GroupMe and Cargo Airline Association, matters appear to be on the upswing for creditor representatives with regard to the TCPA. But don’t be deceived: the relief brought by the positive developments must be tempered by the amicus curiae brief filed by the FCC in a case involving a collector.
ACA International, the largest trade group for the credit and collection industry, today issued a statement regarding the regulation of debt collection attorneys’ litigation activities.
A federal district judge in Kansas recently ruled that a voicemail left by a debt collection agency failing to identify itself as a collector did not violate the FDCPA because the plain text of the law states that multiple calls must be made and that “harassment” cannot occur in one call.
The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have announced the list of speakers, panelists, and moderators for the roundtable the agencies will co-host in Long Beach, California, on October 23, 2014.
In an effort to ensure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does not skirt its important obligations under the Paperwork Reduction Act, ACA International filed comments objecting to the bureau’s request to obtain special approval, called generic clearance, to use a streamlined procedure that would allow it to gather certain data for up to three years without having to go through the normal notice and comment process.
On Sept. 30, AT&T Mobility – the mobile arm of the telecommunications giant – signed off on a proposed agreement to settle a TCPA class action lawsuit in which it and its hired debt collection agencies allegedly called consumers’ cell phones using an autodialer without prior express consent.