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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.

Telemarketing Law Updates: Florida & West Virginia

States are continuing to enact telemarketing restrictions which are more stringent than their federal counterparts. The following are recent updates to the state telemarketing laws in Florida and West Virginia that you should be aware of before dialing into those states.

Supreme Court Rules The FCC Exceeded Its Authority

The Supreme Court denied the class action plaintiffs’ petition in Bais Yaakov of Spring Valley v. FCC. Ruling invalidates FCC rule that required advertisers to place opt-out notices on solicited faxes or pay penalties for non-compliance.

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.

FTC Escalates Fight Against Robocallers

The FTC begins August with an announcement that they are escalating the fight against illegal robocalls. Under a new initiative, when consumers file complaints about robocallers or Do Not Call violations with the FTC, the corresponding phone numbers will be reported daily to telecommunications carriersand other organizations that are working to block illegal robocalls.

Compliance ALERT: Impact of EU Data Privacy Regulation

Brace yourself for the next wave of data protection rules from our European neighbors. Time is running out for marketers to begin preparations for the new data privacy regulation adopted by the European Union (EU). The EU Parliament approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on April 14, 2016.

FCC Proposes Database of Reassigned Phone Numbers

On July 13, 2017, the FCC took action to address the issue of robocalls to reassigned phone numbers. They recognize that businesses or other robocallers that unknowingly call a reassigned number can annoy the new consumer and deprive the intended consumer of an expected call.

FCC Proposes Call Blocking By Service Providers

The FTC announced its support for the FCC’s effort to expand the definition of what constitutes an illegal call, continuing their trend to make life more difficult for telemarketers and robocallers.

Key Takeaways – House Hearing On TCPA Abuse

On June 13th, the Civil Justice Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on lawsuit abuse and the TCPA. The goal of the subcommittee was to discuss ways of modernizing the TCPA which was written before widespread use of cell phones.

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