Daily Digest – March 17. Bedard Breaks Down Reg F’s Time-Barred Debt Collection Provisions; Appeals Court Affirms Judgment For Defendant in FDCPA Case

BEDARD: BREAKING DOWN REGULATION F’S PROVISIONS ON TIME-BARRED DEBT COLLECTION

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made a small, but important change from the proposed debt collection rule to the final version of Regulation F with respect to the liability that debt collectors face when attempting to collect on time-barred debts. In the latest episode of “You Wanted a Rule, You Got a Rule,” John Bedard of Bedard Law Group discusses this change and how it “makes the stakes even higher in terms of getting it wrong” should collectors bring a lawsuit or threaten to bring a lawsuit when collecting on a debt for which the relevant statute of limitations has expired.

APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS MSJ FOR DEFENDANT IN FDCPA CASE OVER INVITATION TO CALL MADE IN LETTER

  • The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a summary judgment ruling in favor of a defendant that was sued for allegedly violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because it invited the recipient of a collection letter to “eliminate further collection action” by calling the collector, which the plaintiff claimed deceived consumers into thinking that a phone call was a “legally effective” means of ceasing collection activity and raising uncertainty about how to dispute a debt.

APPEALS COURT AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF FDCPA CASE AFTER HOSPITAL SOUGHT TO COLLECT FROM WIFE OF DECEASED HUSBAND

  • In a case that was defended by Lawrence Bartel and Andrew Schwartz from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the dismissal of a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act case in which the wife of a deceased individual sued after she was sent collection letters by a law firm seeking to collect on an unpaid medical debt incurred by her deceased husband.

BILL INTRODUCED IN HOUSE TO AMEND FDCPA TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ‘PREDATORY’ COLLECTORS

  • A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that seeks to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to change the information included in the written notice that follows an initial communication and provide written notice at least 30 days before commencing a legal action against a consumer.

NRA GROUP PARTNERS WITH INTERACTIONS TO DRIVE COLLECTIONS INDUSTRY FORWARD

  • Interactions, one of the world’s largest standalone conversational artificial intelligence (AI) companies, today announced that NRA Group, a leading accounts receivable management (ARM) company, has deployed a sophisticated Interactions Virtual Collection Agent (VCA) in record time.

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