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Daily Digest – Sept. 13. MSJ Denied in FDCPA Case Over False Name Exemption; Why Collection Agencies May Want to Stop Using Toll-Free Numbers

MSJ DENIED IN FDCPA CASE OVER FALSE NAME EXEMPTION

  • A Magistrate judge in Florida has denied motions for summary judgment from both the plaintiff and the defendant in a case where the defendant — a hospital — is accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by using the name of its in-house collection operation when filing a lien against the plaintiff for an unpaid debt.

WHY COLLECTION AGENCIES MAY WANT TO STOP USING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS

  • Companies in the credit and collection industry that are actively monitoring to make sure their outgoing calls are not being labeled as spam or fraud should be making sure to check out the smaller carriers, according to a report released yesterday which revealed that telecom carriers outside of the six largest companies account for 88% of all robocall activity.

JUDGE DENIES MSJ IN TCPA CASE OVER PRE-RECORDED MESSAGE ASKING RECIPIENT TO WAIT FOR REPRESENTATIVE

  • In an interesting twist on what defines an automated telephone dialing system, a District Court judge in Florida has denied a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, ruling that an automated message at the beginning of a call asking the recipient to wait for a representative falls under the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FTC SETTLES WITH STUDENT LOAN DEBT RELIEF FIRM AND FINANCE COMPANY

  • The Federal Trade Commission yesterday charged two different companies with engaging in scams related to offering student loan debt relief services, and also charged a finance company for its role in offering credit to help individuals pay the illegal up-front fees.

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