Daily Digest – April 10. Collection Event To Raise Funds to Help Fight Pandemic; N.J. Senate to Vote on Bill Restricting Collection Activities

COLLECTION EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS TO HELP COUNTRY FIGHT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

  • The organizers of Collector.Live! — a popular annual event for the credit and collection industry — have announced they are hosting a special “Home Edition” of the one-day conference on April 21, which will be free to anyone who wants to participate, while also seeking donations that will be used to help provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to the pandemic.

N.J. SENATE TO VOTE ON BILL RESTRICTING COLLECTION ACTIVITIES

  • A number of coronavirus response bills were introduced yesterday in the New Jersey Senate and will be voted on this coming Monday, in the chamber’s first-ever remote session. Among the bills is S.2330, the “COVID-19 Financial Security for Consumers Act,” which, among other provisions, would include restrictions on debt collection activities.

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF FDCPA SUIT OVER INTEREST DISCLOSURE

  • The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case in which the plaintiff appealed because she filed an amended complaint while the motion to dismiss was still pending and the judge granted the defendant’s motion without considering the amended complaint.

JUDGE DENIES DEFENDANT’S MSJ IN FDCPA CASE OVER THIRD-PARTY DISCLOSURE

  • In a case that was first spotlighted by TCPAWorld, a District Court judge in New York has denied a defendant’s motion for summary judgment after it was accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because the defendant left a voicemail message on a cell phone that did not belong to the plaintiff and the owner of the cell phone heard the message. But the wrinkle in this case is that the cell phone number was provided when the plaintiff received medical services at a hospital and the plaintiff signed a form consenting to be contacted by the hospital or its agents and contractors.

WORTH NOTING: The director of the Centers for Disease Control on the plan to re-open the country … Some parents are going to great lengths to provide creature comforts to their kids … If anyone is the mood to buy a new car, there are some deals available … Apple TV is making some of its content for free during the pandemic … It didn’t take long for Waffle House to sell out of its waffle mix … One-third of renters did not pay rent this month … Advice for parents about coronavirus from “Sesame Street” … A new web browser for you to try out.

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