FTC Lands $1M In 1st Case Over Debt Collection Texts

Law360, New York (September 25, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that a California-based debt collector, in a first of its kind case, will pay $1 million to settle charges that it illegally used text messaging to attempt to collect debts.

Archie Donovan of Glendale, Calif., and two companies he controls — National Attorney Collection Services Inc., and National Attorney Services LLC — allegedly used English- and Spanish-language text messages and phone calls in which they unlawfully failed to disclose that they were debt collectors. The FTC charged the defendants with...
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