Event Calendar

Monday, December 14, 2020

Webinar - Major Changes to Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Start Date: 12/14/2020 9:00 AM MST
End Date: 12/14/2020 10:30 AM MST

United States 

On October 30, 2020, the CFPB issued its long-awaited final rule implementing major changes and new interpretations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The final rule affects both financial institutions and their third-party debt collectors. Although the FDCPA technically doesn’t apply to a financial institution collecting its own debt, financial institutions should adhere to the FDCPA to avoid possible UDAAP claims. 
Consumers will have increased control over how often and by what means collectors can communicate with them.  The final rule encompasses all collection communications with consumers (i.e., mobile phone, voicemail, email, text message, and social media) – even unsuccessful attempts (i.e., consumer doesn’t answer the phone).  Further, virtually all electronic collection communications will be required to provide consumers with a simple opt-out method (i.e., reply STOP to stop texts).  
In addition, the new rule contains more precise interpretations of what is deemed to be a violation of the FDCPA.  For example, it will be presumed that a collector violated the FDCPA’s prohibition on repeated telephone calls if the collector calls the consumer more than seven times within a seven-day period, or within seven days after engaging in a conversation with the consumer.  These new requirements will become effective in late 2021.  Your institution will need all of that time to implement the required changes into your systems and procedures.  Join us to learn the details!