Monthly Archives: March 2018

Webinar to Dissect 2nd Circuit’s Taylor Decision on Interest Disclosure

March 30, 2018 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Donald MauriceEric Rosenkoetter and Brent Yarborough will participate in a webinar next week explaining yesterday’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Taylor v. Financial Recovery Services. The case will affect how collection agencies disclose information such as interest and fees in letters sent to individuals.

On April 2 at 1 p.m. ET, AccountsRecovery.net will present the webinar in which the panel will dissect the ruling, what it means for the accounts receivable management industry and what its participants should consider as part of their operations. Register for the webinar here.

Maurice Wutscher is a nationwide law firm providing defense and regulatory compliance counsel to the financial services industry.

Maurice Wutscher Attorneys Host Compliance Podcast for ARM Industry

March 29, 2018 — Maurice Wutscher attorneys Eric Rosenkoetter and Brent Yarborough are hosting a new podcast for the accounts receivable management industry, in which they provide a witty and engaging take on compliance-related topics.

Called “The Least Sophisticated Podcast” as a nod to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act’s least sophisticated consumer provisions, the podcast is produced by AccountsRecovery.net and available for free on iTunes and Google Play or by clicking here.

“I’m thrilled to be providing important information via a new communication channel,” said AccountsRecovery.net’s Mike Gibb. “Brent & Eric do a wonderful job of distilling very important topics into language that anyone – not just compliance experts – can understand and relate to.”

The podcast will be published weekly. Two episodes have been released so far.

The first, “Shark-Infested Safe Harbors,” examines recent court decisions affecting the language collection agencies thought was safe to use in collection letters.

The second episode, “On Debt Buyers & Pot Dealers,” discusses new state laws regulating the collections and debt-buying industries. Injecting humor into the discussion, the attorneys refer to the laws that were enacted last year as:

  • “The Maine Deforestation Act” (because of all the documentation requirements);
  • “The Oregon Trail Ends In Idaho Without A License Act” (new debt buyer license requirements);
  • “Colorado Where Debt Buyers Are As Cool As Pot Dealers Act” (because Colorado now regulates both); and
  • “The West Virginia Cure for the Wild & Not So Wonderful Act” (on that state’s new bill and particularly the “cure” requirement).

Episode three will analyze bills that are currently being considered in state legislatures across the country.

Maurice Wutscher is a nationwide law firm providing defense and regulatory compliance counsel to the financial services industry.

Maurice Wutscher’s Donald Maurice Discusses TCPA Ruling in American Banker

March 21, 2018 — Maurice Wutscher partner Donald Maurice is quoted in an American Banker article regarding the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling on the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 TCPA order.

In ACA International v. FCC, et al., the D.C. Circuit last week vacated parts of the FCC’s order regarding what types of calling equipment are subject to the TCPA’s restrictions as well as the “one-call safe harbor” rule when calling reassigned numbers. The Court upheld the FCC order’s direction regarding revocation of consent and its exemption for time-sensitive healthcare calls.

In the article, “Will court ruling on robo-calling help or hurt consumers?”, Maurice explained the ruling will now make it easier for businesses to communicate with their customers.

“Banking industry representatives say the court’s ruling won’t lead to increase in robo-calls made to consumers. Instead, banks will simply be smarter about making those calls, and they’ll upgrade their software and employee training because now they know what the rules require, Maurice said.”

“’Banks that have invested or will invest in a robust compliance system will reap some benefit,’ Maurice said.”

Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET, Maurice will discuss the ruling with a panel of experts during a webinar offered by the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee. To join the webinar, click here.

Webinars to Break Down DC Circuit Ruling on FCC’s TCPA Order

March 16, 2018 — Maurice Wutscher’s Donald Maurice will participate in two webinars next week explaining the D.C. Circuit’s ruling today in ACA International v. FCC, et al. on the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 order that increased the regulatory breadth of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

The Court vacated parts of the FCC’s TCPA order regarding what types of calling equipment are subject to the TCPA’s restrictions as well as the “one-call safe harbor” rule when calling reassigned numbers. The Court upheld the FCC order’s direction regarding revocation of consent and its exemption for time-sensitive healthcare calls.

On March 19 at 2 p.m. ET, AccountsRecovery.net will present a webinar in which Maurice will join a panel of legal experts to parse the ruling, what it means for the accounts receivable management industry and what its participants should consider as part of their operations. Register for the webinar here.

On March 22 at 2 p.m. ET, Maurice will participate in a webinar offered by the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee for its members. To join the webinar, click here.