Posts Tagged: ‘robocalls’

Lawmakers Fight to Close Robocall Debt Collection Loophole

March 9, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Federal lawmakers are attempting to close a recently opened loophole that allows the federal government to automate unwanted, even incorrect debt collection calls to consumers.  This all started in late 2015, when an addition to a budget bill amended the existing telecommunications law allowing robocalls “made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States.”

Sen. Ed Markey (MA) is attempting to put an end to this with the HANGUP Act of 2017, which would close the debt-collection loophole opened by the 2015 budget bill.

The proposed legislation goes a step further,“walking back” the FCC’s July 2016 “Broadnet” decision, in which the Commission ruled that anyone in the federal government, including contractors, could send out robocalls, so long as the automated calls explicitly involve government business.

Senator Markey argues that the intention of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which limits the use of robocalls, is clear: “consumers should not be subject to unwanted robocalls and robotexts on their phones. But recent carveouts by Congress and the FCC allow government contractors to robocall and robotext consumers without their affirmative express consent…No one wants to be interrupted during family mealtime or when helping children with homework.”

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Debt Collectors can now Robcall to Collect Student Loans

December 2, 2015 Posted by kingcade

If you are currently in default on your student loans, you may begin receiving continuous calls from collectors to pay up. A budget agreement, which is awaiting President Obama’s signature, contains a provision that allows the government to collect federal debts using automated calling systems to mobile phones.

Not surprisingly, Navient (formerly Sallie Mae) and Nelnet, two companies that service federal loans, have been strongly advocating for this.  They both argue that debtors who receive robocalls are more likely to repay their debts.  Currently, loan servicers are allowed to robocall people only after they have consented to being auto-dialed and who have verified their cell phone numbers. (Only about a third of customers fall into both of those two categories.)

In an interestingly twist, the bill puts the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in charge of implementing the robocalls- an organization that has been fighting against automated calls to cell phones recently.  Just last week, the FCC started publishing  reports on consumer complaints about cell phone robocalls to give software developers tools to build apps that will block them.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

Debt Collectors Paying the Price for Every Time They Call

June 30, 2014 Posted by kingcade

Thanks to a new ruling, consumers who have requested debt collectors not call their cell phones are entitled to collect damages of up to $1,500 per call. In the recent 11th Circuit case, Osorio v. State Farm Bank, the court reinforced restrictions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that prohibits debt collectors from using automated dialing systems (i.e. – “robocalls”) to contact consumers on their cell phones without their permission.

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act has been federal law since 1991. However, this ruling is significant because in the past, courts have been divided as to whether consumers who have given their cell phone number to a creditor or collector can revoke that privilege, and if so, whether they can do so verbally. In this case, the court ruled in favor of consumers, giving them permission to revoke their consent verbally.

For consumers who are receiving calls for the wrong person, for debts they believe are not owed or for debts that are too old, this ruling proves extremely helpful. However, it important to remember that ignoring collection calls is not a good strategy. Keep accurate records of the collection calls and consider speaking with an experienced bankruptcy attorney who can guide you in the right direction and determine whether you qualify for bankruptcy protection.

If you are in a financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

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