New 2016 Changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for Federal Student Loan Debt

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act has been the friend for consumers who have been abused by debt collectors. New changes to the TCPA for debts owed to the federal government, like federal student loans, have important updates consumer need to be aware of. New changes: Permit calls made by debt collectors when the loan is … Read more

Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation Hit With TCPA Suit

I’ve been talking about the risks of Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits against debt relief companies for some time now. On November 18, 2015 another such suit was filed. This time against Consumer Credit Counseling Foundation and Ishwinder Judge. The suit filed by Christopher Reichman of Prato & Reichman says: Defendants made six (6) live … Read more

Rescue One Financial Hit with Class Action Suit by Howard Law

While working on another article I came across the case below. I’ve written articles recently about debt relief companies and the exposure of Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims. Michael Perri v. Rescue 1 Financial “1. Defendant Rescue 1 Financial, LLC (“Defendant” or “Rescue 1”) is a national financial services company that focuses on consumer debt … Read more

Don’t Know How Much I Need to Warn Debt Relief Companies That Robocalls Suck

I’ve written quite a few stories about debt relief industry problems with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and autodialers. If you’ve ignored me till now, maybe this record fine out of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will get your attention if your debt relief company is dialing for dollars. This week the FCC fined a … Read more

Renaissance Debt Solutions Hit with TCPA Suit

In yet another Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit, which seem to be coming fast and furious, Renaissance Debt Solutions is the unlucky named party. On July 29, 2015, Paul Sapan filed suit against Renaissance Debt Solutions over nine telephone calls “wherein they tried to pitch debt modification services.” In this case the consumer received … Read more

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Action Filed Against Debt Relief and Collection Companies

About a week ago I published an article about the dangers faced by debt relief companies, and others, for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Well just today comes a class action case filed against Freedom Financial Network, Freedom Debt Relief, and Consolidated Credit Counseling. The case was filed in New York state. … Read more

Debt Relief Companies Urged to Shut Down Autodialers

Last week the Federal Communications Commission rolled out new rules that will significantly impact any debt relief companies with an autodialer. The penalties are significant if you get caught violating these rules. I would expect to see new lawsuits against debt relief companies for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Collections & Credit Risk … Read more

Debt Defense Services is Back and Making Some Disturbing Claims

Recently a debt relief insider and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me documents that were being circulated by Debt Defense Services. I’ve written about them before, see this. This time they are trying to recruit people by telling them how debt settlement companies switch to selling their debt relief services once they hear … Read more

FTC to FCC: Sellers Responsible for Outside Telemarketers

In a statement made by the FTC to the FCC, the point that end providers are responsible for what outside telemarketers and agents say was reinforced. This is a very important point to keep in mind if you are using a call room or an outside sales force and you are not monitoring what they … Read more

Does the Wave of Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) Suits Benefit Consumers or Lawyers?

A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded to me an article about Thomas Lyons, Esq. in Minnesota who was disbarred in 2010 for filing suits under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). While there is a need for consumers to have recourse in bringing legal suits … Read more