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The Constitution Wins! Debt Collectors May Resume Calling Massachusetts Consumers

In a stunning rebuke to the Massachusetts Attorney General, a federal district court has temporarily enjoined the Attorney General from enforcing its no-call rule. Read more

Louisiana Do Not Call Order Does Not Bar Debt Collection Calls

Unless and until the Louisiana Public Service Commission ("LPSC") invokes the Louisiana Emergency Do Not Call Order, Louisiana's emergency telephone solicitation restrictions are not in effect.  Moreover, even if the LPSC did invoke the Emergency Do Not Call Order, the restrictions do not apply to debt collection calls unless they include a telemarketing or sales element.  Read more

D.C. To Prohibit Debt Collection Through Early August

Pending the D.C. Mayor's signature, Washington D.C. is expected to enact a new law - B23-0733 - prohibiting debt collectors from attempting to collect debts from District of Columbia residents through at least early August.

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Marks Misses the Mark In The 7th Circuit: Court Rejects Marks And Holds An ATDS Must Generate Random Or Sequential Numbers

On February 19, in Gadelhak v. AT&T Services, Inc., the 7thCircuit adopted the reasoning of the 3rd and 11th Circuits holding a dialing system is not an ATDS as defined by the TCPA if it does not store or produce numbers to be called using a random or sequential number generator, and, instead, exclusively dials numbers stored on a customer database. Read more

'Robocall Bill' Awaits President's Signature After House and Senate Voted 'Yes' on Amended Pallon-Thume TRACED Act:

The so-called "robocall bill" has passed and awaits President's Trump signature.  The Pallon-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act was passed by the House on December 4 and the Senate on December 19.  Here's what you need to know:  Read more

ADA Reminder: Keep Talking! Woman Awarded 6-Figure Damages After Not Returning From Maternity Leave

Three years ago, Maria Alves had a baby boy.  Alves' employer, Boston University, fired her when she didn't return from maternity leave.    Boston University now owes Alves $144,000.00 in compensatory damages for lost wages and emotional distress, plus interest, attorney's fees, and costs.  Read more

Consumer Fair Credit Reporting Act Suits Are Soaring: The Sessions Firm Identified As Top Active Consumer Protection Defense Firm

As recently reported by Law360, lawsuits alleging violations of the FCRA have more than doubled in the last decade as privacy and accuracy concerns grow over the credit reports and background checks companies increasingly rely on. FCRA claims have long been attractive to the plaintiffs' bar, due in large part to the potential for statutory, actual, and punitive damages; plus, the FCRA calls for defendants to cover lawsuit costs and attorney fees.  Further, a heightened expectation of privacy in recent years has caused these claims to soar. Read more

Telecom Collection Fee Deemed Legal

On July 19, 2019,  in Richardson v. Diversified Consultants, Inc. (DCI), Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr. from the N.D. of Ill. granted DCI's motion for summary judgment, and denied plaintiff's motion, on plaintiff's claim that an 18% collection fee for Verizon Wireless violated the FDCPA and the Illinois Collection Agency Act.  Read more

Think your employees are earning "Discretionary Bonuses"? Think again.

We've received many questions regarding the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule regarding "discretionary bonuses" in relation to an employee's overtime (OT) rate.

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JUDGE REVERSES COURSE AND DISMISSES G NOTICE CLAIM IN NEW JERSEY

On May 16, 2019, Judge Arleo of the District of New Jersey reversed herself and released her latest opinion in Poplin v. Chase Receivables approving a statutory G notice initial debt collection notice.

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