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Judge Rules That Massachusetts’ Emergency Debt Collection Ban Is Unconstitutional

At the end of March, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed emergency regulations banning the collection of consumer debt during the COVID-19 crisis, including a 90 day ban on debt collection calls and text messages to Massachusetts residents. Last week, a judge issued an injunction preventing the Attorney General from enforcing that ban.

The TCPA During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The current, novel coronavirus pandemic that is spreading COVID-19 is causing massive upheaval worldwide. For telemarketers, this is creating uncertainty as to how regulations such as the TCPA and state laws dictate what sorts of calls are allowed during such a period of emergency.

New York Governor Signs New Telemarketing Restrictions Into Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law on Monday that places new restrictions on telemarketers calling residents of that state. The Nuisance Call Act is designed to close loopholes in the state’s existing telemarketing legislation, which was originally passed in 2001.

Pennsylvania Set to Pass Stricter Robocall Rules Into Law

The Pennsylvania state legislature passed a new bill, HR-318, that introduces a number of new restrictions for robocalls. The most notable is that it now extends the state-level Do Not Call List protections in perpetuity. Previously, those protections only lasted for five years unless renewed.