Last Friday, Tom Wheeler, Chairman of The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a blog entitled “Cutting off Robocalls.” The portion of the piece that has received the most media attention was this: “In regard to the Commission’s expectations that carriers respond to consumers’ blocking requests, I have sent letters to the CEOs of major wireless and […]
NORFOLK, Va., — PRA Group, Inc. (PRAA), announced that it has acquired eGov Systems, a provider of web-based payment portals and integrated revenue administration solutions for the government sector. The transaction will allow PRA’s government business to develop and maintain scalable online payment portals, as well as enhance its ability to expand its services and […]
On July 5, 2016 the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling that the TCPA “does not apply to calls made by or on behalf of the federal government in the conduct of official government business, except when a call made by a contractor does not comply with the government’s instructions.” FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel subsequently issued a compelling statement…
Reveal – from The Center for Investigative Reporting, has produced a series of articles related to student debt. Who got rich off the student debt crisis – A story about how, by privatizing the student loan program, Congress created a profit center for Wall Street and a system of college finance that created a kind […]
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Lien Enforcement, Inc. (LEI), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business based in San Jose, California, is pleased to announce it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Penn Credit Corporation, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, enabling the two firms to cooperate with one another on subcontracting opportunities with Federal Private Collection Agencies (PCAs). The […]
Last week, ConServe, a leading private collection agency and federal contractor that provides services to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Treasury, filed comments to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking TCPA. The comments were thorough and well-reasoned. Unfortunately, the deck at the FCC is likely stacked against collectors.
LAWRENCE, Mass. – Valentine & Kebartas, LLC (V&K), based in Lawrence, MA, today announced it has achieved Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) certification through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The HUBZone program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to Federal procurement opportunities. The program was enacted into law as part […]
In a unanimous decision issued today, the United States Supreme Court held that private attorneys hired by the Ohio Attorney General to collect debts owed to state agencies were “state officers” otherwise exempt from portions of the FDCPA, and that even if the private attorney didn’t have “state officer” status, using Ohio AG letterhead did not violate the FDCPA.
Washington, DC — Friday evening, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to implement a provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law by President Obama in November, amending the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). While the legislation applies to calls “solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United […]
On Friday, May 6, 2016 the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the use of an Automated Telephone Dialing System when contacting consumers via cell phone about debts owed to or guaranteed by the government – such as student loans, mortgages and taxes. In our opinion, the proposed rules miss the mark on many fronts.