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Budget Deal Includes Autodialer Provision for Federal Debt Collectors

The latest congressional budget deal includes a provision to let companies collecting federal student loans (or other debts guaranteed by the government) collectors call cellphones using auto-dialers. A welcome boon to (a select few) collectors that have contracts with the Department of Education amid a sea of recent bad news, the move also highlights the double standard in the way lawmakers treat government vs. private debt.


FCC Will Now Publicly Post Unverified Robocall Complaint Data

The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that the Commission will release robocall and telemarketing consumer complaint data weekly “to help developers build and improve ‘do-not-disturb’ technologies that allow consumers to block or filter unwanted calls and texts.” The unverified data, including originating phone numbers of telemarketers and automated robocalls, will be released and available on the FCC’s Consumer Help Center’s website.

Opinion on Red Keyboard Button.

IRS Private Debt Collection Program: Is it About Politics, or What’s Best for Our Country?

The Hill (a publication read by those who influence policy in Washington) recently published an op-ed by Chi Chi Wu, a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, about the IRS Private Debt Collection (PDC) program. She argued that it was a disaster and Congress should not revive the program. Yesterday The Hill ran an op-ed submitted by Stephanie Eidelman, CEO of insideARM, in response to Wu’s article.

Robot Telephone

Dun & Bradstreet Wins Summary Judgment in Putative TCPA Class Action Case

The Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant violated the TCPA by calling her using an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) and by calling a phone number on the national do-not-call registry for the purposes of a telephone solicitation. D&B moved for summary judgment, arguing that the phone used to call Freyja was not an ATDS and the purpose of the call was not solicitation.


The Consumer Relations Consortium Announces New Member: Cavalry Portfolio Services

The CRC announced today that Cavalry Portfolio Services, LLC (Cavalry) recently joined as its newest member company. Tim Stapleford, CEO of Cavalry, commented, “I truly believe that this is the right initiative at the right time. The CRC has developed relationships with consumer groups and is working to open lines of communication that have been closed for a long time. We are excited to be a part of this important effort, and to help where we can.”