When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many regulators — both state and federal — enacted measures to help consumers who were impacted by the sudden shift in their financial outlook. Massachusetts' Attorney General Maura Healey took what many consider an overzealous approach by prohibiting outbound collection calls during the pendency of the pandemic. In response, ACA International filed a lawsuit and sought an injunction against this order. Early on in the case, the judge granted ACA's request for a preliminary injunction to bar the AG's office from enforcing the emergency order while the full case on the merits is heard. The court based its decision on the grounds that the emergency order violates the First Amendment. The case that started with a bang has now gone quietly into the night, as a very brief court filing from today indicates that the parties have settled and the case is now dismissed



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