Daily Digest – June 29. Wash. AG Sues Collector Over ‘Settlement Offers’ For Time-Barred Debts; Calif. Senate Approves Licensing Bill

WASHINGTON AG SUES COLLECTOR OVER ‘SETTLEMENT OFFERS’ FOR TIME-BARRED DEBTS

  • The Attorney General of Washington on Friday filed a lawsuit against Convergent Outsourcing, accusing the company of “pushing” individuals to settle time-barred debts by creating a “deceptive impression” that the company would sue to collect on the debt when it could not.

CALIF. SENATE APPROVES LICENSING, COLLECTION BILL

  • The California state Senate on Friday approved a measure that would require debt collectors in The Golden State to require licenses in order to operate as well as establish provisions under which collectors and debt buyers can collect on unpaid debts. The bill has now been introduced in the state Assembly for consideration.

FCC SAYS TEXTING PLATFORMS THAT REQUIRE MANUAL DIALING DO NOT MEET DEFINITION OF AUTODIALER UNDER TCPA

  • The Federal Communications Commission last week issued a Declaratory Ruling in which it determined that a calling platform does not meet the definition of autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act — whether it is used for placing calls or sending text messages — if the platform is “not capable of originating a call or sending a text without a person actively and affirmatively manually dialing each one.”

PRICE TRANSPARENCY HELPS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS COLLECT MORE

  • For healthcare providers, the bad news is that daily total patient payments declined 47% between mid-March and mid-May, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data that was released last week by TransUnion. The good news, though, is that point-of-service collection fees were 42% higher during the same time period, largely due to increased price transparency being offered by healthcare providers.

HEAR FROM EXPERTS ON TRENDING COMPLIANCE TOPICS

  • Click here to read this week’s Compliance Digest. You’ll get insights and opinions from seven different compliance experts — Michael Klutho, David Kaminski, Boyd Gentry, Nicole Strickler, Carlos Ortiz, Joann Needleman, and Stefanie Jackman  — discussing the impact of recent court cases and legislative updates. You’re not going to get that kind of varied perspective anywhere else. The Compliance Digest is sponsored by The Bedard Law Group.

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