Daily Digest – September 18. Appeals Court Forbids Incentive Payments in Class Action Suits; Judge Dismisses Whistleblower Suit Filed by Agency Employees

APPEALS COURT RULES INCENTIVE PAYMENTS IN CLASS ACTION SUITS ARE FORBIDDEN

  • The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against a debt collector that incentive payments for the named plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit are illegal under Supreme Court precedent dating back more than 130 years.

JUDGE DISMISSES WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT FILED BY COLLECTION AGENCY EMPLOYEES

  • A District Court judge in Illinois has dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit filed against a healthcare provider, medical debt collection agency, and a medical billing company, alleging they engaged in a “ghost payroll” scheme that resulted in a larger Medicare payment from the federal government than the provider was entitled to.

SUPREME COURT SETS DATE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN TCPA ATDS CASE

  • The Supreme Court has announced the date it will hear arguments in Facebook v. Duguid, a case that aims to settle — once and for all — how an automated telephone dialing system is defined under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

SENATORS CALL ON PRESIDENT TO FORGIVE $50k OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT PER STUDENT

ACA, HFMA RELEASE NEW BEST PRACTICES FOR RESOLUTION OF MEDICAL ACCOUNTS

  • ACA International and the Healthcare Financial Management Association Accounts Receivable Resolution Task Force reconvened this year to update best practices for the fair resolution of patients’ medical bills and address financial assistance policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and potential future public health emergencies.

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