Last month, Joe Messer and Nicole Strickler, partners at Messer Strickler, Ltd., gave two presentations at the ACA International’s 2013 Fall Forum in Chicago. The topics of their presentations were: “Avoiding TCPA Traps in Health Care Collections” and “The Forgotten and Misunderstood: Avoiding Liability under State Laws Affecting Debt Collection.” ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals shared an overview, as well as valuable takeaways from one of these presentations with its audience by publishing an article “TCPA Traps in Health Care Collections” on the organization’s website. The presentation focused on the overview of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), vicarious liability for collectors and their health care provider clients, and recent TCPA case law that regulates medical debt collection. To emphasize the importance of Joe and Nicole’s message and information they shared, ACA International warned its audience in the article: “Violations of the TCPA can result in catastrophic class-action liability for collectors and their health care provider clients who may be sued on ‘vicarious liability’ grounds.”
Joe and Nicole have earned a national reputation for successfully defending lawsuits brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), TCPA, and other state and federal consumer protection laws. Both Joe and Nicole have substantial experience defending corporations, lending institutions, collection agencies, asset purchasers, lawyers as well as individuals; they have conducted many trials in state and federal courts and have served as lead counsel on multiple class action cases. Joe and Nicole are also active members and often presenters at ACA International, NARCA, NAPBS, ABA and other professional organizations.
To learn more about Telephone Consumer Protection Act and TCPA traps in health care collections, as well as potential liability for collectors in health care and other industries, contact Joe Messer at (312) 334-3440 or Nicole Strickler at (312) 334-3442.