Compliance

TCPA Suit Filings Increase in January: WebRecon

Plaintiffs lawyers have come out swinging the TCPA bat in 2016, filing more lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act than the FDCPA or FCRA, according to data released by WebRecon. The number of TCPA lawsuits filed in January was 25% higher than the total filed in December 2015 …

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Illinois Amends State Collection Agency Law

The Illinois legislature has amended the Illinois Collection Agency Act to expand the definition of what constitutes a collection agency and consumer debt, and ACA International is lauding the changes as “a win for the collection industry by removing confusing and onerous requirements.” Among the changes are new definitions for …

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Human Rights Report on Debt Buying Blames Everyone But Consumers

Using largely anecdotal evidence, Human Rights Watch has published a report that claims the debt buying industry is taking advantage of the legal system in pursuing consumers who have defaulted or delinquent debts and that judges and the court system should be doing a better job of protecting consumers. Called “Rubber …

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FCC Files Brief In Support of Changes to TCPA

The Federal Communications Commission on Friday filed its brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, responding to a lawsuit filed against the agency by ACA International, which is seeking to overturn changes made to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The brief, at 110 pages, covers …

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Lawsuit Numbers Reach Record High in 2015: WebRecon

The number of lawsuits alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act set new records in 2015, while suits alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act had it’s second-highest yearly total ever, according to data published yesterday by WebRecon. There were 3,710 TCPA …

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