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H.R. 2892 (113th): Fair Debt Collection Practices Technical Clarification Act of 2013


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 31, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2892

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 31, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Bachus) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to preclude law firms and licensed attorneys from the definition of a debt collector when taking certain actions.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Technical Clarification Act of 2013 .

2.

Legal proceeding exception

Section 803(6) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ( 12 U.S.C. 1692a(6) ) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subparagraph (F) as subparagraph (G); and

(2)

by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following:

(F)

any law firm or licensed attorney—

(i)

serving, filing, or conveying formal legal pleadings, discovery requests, or other documents pursuant to the applicable rules of civil procedure; or

(ii)

communicating in, or at the direction of, a court of law or in depositions or settlement conferences, in connection with a pending legal action to collect a debt on behalf of a client; and

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