WASHINGTON (1/20/16)--The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filed an answering brief last week with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia regarding litigation challenging a recent omnibus ruling concerning the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which restricts telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment.
The Credit Union National Association (CUNA), which has numerous concerns with the ruling, filed an amicus brief in December with the American Bankers Association and Independent Community Bankers of America.
“This was really the only filing that primarily concentrated on how this order impacts financial institutions. We believe it was a very important addition to the lawsuit," said Leah Dempsey, senior director of advocacy and counsel with CUNA. “Our brief highlighted for the court the negative impact this ruling will have on financial institutions, as well as their members and customers.”
Going forward, CUNA continues to monitor the litigation and awaits information on when oral arguments will be set.
The FCC issued its ruling July 10. CUNA’s brief states that the FCC’s TCPA order is restricting important communications between credit unions and their members, and is an abuse of the FCC’s authority.
In the above video, Dempsey discusses the TCPA ruling, as well as what credit unions can expect from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2016.
Also in the video, Andy Price, CUNA senior director of advocacy and counsel, outlines a few things to look for from the National Credit Union Administration this year, including a breakdown of the agenda for the board’s Jan. 21 meeting.