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Senate Bill Proposes to Make Robocalls a Federal Crime

A bill before the U.S. Senate would make commercial robocalls a federal crime, exacting up to a $20,000 fine and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Introduced on June 25 by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), S. 1681 would criminalize the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice for calls made “for the purpose of soliciting or encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment or enrollment in, property, goods, or services,” unless the caller obtained the “prior express written consent” of the recipient of the call.

The proposed QUIET Act is nearly identical to legislation proposed by Schumer in 2014. The 2014 bill died in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

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Donald Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has successfully argued before the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including as counsel for amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB, and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as outside counsel to RMA International, on the governing Board of Regents of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and on the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. From 2014 to 2017, he chaired the ABA's Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee.

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