Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Feb. 27 that
she has joined a multistate amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the brief, the attorneys general argue that debt buyers that purchase
defaulted consumer debt and attempt to collect it should be subject to federal
laws related to debt collection.
buyers purchasing defaulted consumer debt for pennies on the dollar, only to
turn around and pursue consumers using unlawful and harassing collection
tactics should be subject not only to state law but also federal law,” Healey
said. “It is vital that states have all the resources at their disposal to
protect consumers from unscrupulous debt collectors.”
leading the amicus brief, which argues that any company that regularly
purchases delinquent debt and then attempts to collect on that debt should be
considered a “debt collector.” Debt collectors are subject to the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
brief involves attorneys general from Oregon, Alaska, California, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New
Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.