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One Year Later: Tracking the Implementation of the TRACED Act

December 30, 2020 marks the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump signing the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act into law. The law, whose name is an acronym for Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, is the first major federal telemarketing legislation in more than a decade.

TRACED Act Signed Into Law

President Donald Trump signed the TRACED Act into law on December 30, 2019. The bill had passed both houses of Congress with near-unanimous, bipartisan support.

New House Bill Changing Arbitration Rules Could Have TCPA Implications

As one of their first acts upon returning from the August recess, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act. This bill could have consequences for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits in the unlikely event that it becomes enacted into law.

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves TRACED Act

On Thursday May 23rd, 2019, the Senate approved the TRACED Act which will dramatically increase fines for illegal robocalls. The bill passed with an overwhelming 97-1 vote. Only a single vote from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was against the legislation. The TRACED Act’s next stop is the House of Representatives.

ROBOCOP Act Creates Roadblock For Debt Collectors

On April 18th six U.S. Senators introduced the ROBOCOP Act which requires phone companies to offer their customers free robocall blocking technology. The bill is intended to protect consumers from overseas scammers. Unfortunately, it could also become a major headache for debt collectors.

CFPB Arbitration Rule Voted Down By Senate

The Senate, in Tuesday’s much anticipated decision, voted to overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s controversial rule that would have placed limits on mandatory arbitration.