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Forcing the Issue? California Supreme Court Opens Door for Challenges to Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

Consistent with the historical reluctance of California courts to enforce arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, on April 6, 2017, the California Supreme Court ruled that an arbitration provision that waived an...more

Blood in the Water: Courts Evaluate Standing in Three Recent TCCWNA Class Actions

The rising tide of class actions alleging violations of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”) has been a cause of concern for companies advertising and selling to...more

Just the Fax: DC Circuit Rejects FCC Requirement of Opt-Out Language on Solicited Faxes Under the TCPA

In a March 31, 2017 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit invalidated a 2006 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule requiring businesses to include opt-out notices on solicited fax advertisements sent with...more

Opting Out: TCPA Fax Opt-Out Requirement Struck Down—D.C. Circuit Says FCC Can’t Require Opt-Out Notices on Solicited Faxes

The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a rule issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2006 requiring businesses to include opt-out notices when the recipient has consented to receive the...more

4/3/2017  /  Appeals , FCC , Opt-Outs , TCPA , Unsolicited Faxes

Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night: Strategies for Defending Against TCCWNA Class Actions

Businesses engaged in advertising and sales practices involving New Jersey consumers have been contending with an increase in the number of class action lawsuits brought under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: TCPA Implications of Appointment of New FCC Chairman

With all the pomp, circumstance, and general political commotion surrounding the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump on January 20, 2017, it was easy to overlook one of his first acts in office: the appointment of Ajit...more

REDIAL: 2016 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis of Critical Issues and Trends

The Sutherland TCPA team has published its third annual REDIAL: 2016 TCPA YEAR IN REVIEW – ANALYSIS OF CRITICAL ISSUES AND TRENDS. This publication reflects our in-depth analysis of significant Telephone Consumer...more

Hit ‘em Where They Ain’t – TCCWNA Class Actions Target Broad Range of Consumer-Facing Practices

Consumer-facing businesses that advertise and sell to New Jersey consumers, whether through brick and mortar operations or over the Internet, are being targeted in class action lawsuits under New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer...more

Seller Beware? Rise of Consumer Class Actions Under New Jersey’s TCCWNA Statute 

Nearly 35 years ago, New Jersey enacted the Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA, pronounced “tic-wun-uh”), which provides additional protection for individual consumers who suffer harm as a result of...more

Off the Grid: TCPA Class Action Settlement for Energy Utility Company

Utility companies continue to face ongoing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) that can arise from the use of automated communications with customers for purposes of marketing, customer servicing and...more

TCPA Hazards Abound Following Busy Month for the FCC

On November 16, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a final rule regarding the treatment of debt servicing and collection calls made by or on behalf of the federal government under the Telephone Consumer...more

TCPA RIP?

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election has left many prognosticators scrambling to figure out the policy implications of the incoming Republican change in administration. Among countless other things, companies...more

CFPB: Consider the Future Post-Obama

The election of Donald Trump and the new administration means a changed political reality for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The President-elect is expected to replace Director Richard Cordray as head of the...more

Impaired Access: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits On the Rise

An increasing number of class action lawsuits have been filed over the past year against private companies by individuals alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to maintain websites that...more

CFPB Single-Director Structure Unconstitutional: CFPB Director Now Serves at President’s Will

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled October 11, 2016, that the current structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional. The court concluded...more

Reverse the Charges: Challengers Push Forward in Appeal of 2015 TCPA Order, Oral Argument Set for October 19

In July 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a much-anticipated Declaratory Ruling and Order aimed at clarifying certain aspects of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As previously reported,...more

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: TCPA Defendants Finding Success in Striking “Fail-Safe” Class Allegations

The 1964 cold war era movie, “Fail-Safe,” centered on the plight of a U.S. military jet pilot who received an errant instruction to drop a nuclear bomb on Moscow. Unlike the movie, where Henry Fonda, as the fictional...more

Cruise Ships Miss the Boat on TCPA Compliance to the Tune of Up to $76 Million

With a trial looming like storm clouds on the horizon, several cruise ship companies and their affiliated travel agencies settled a “robocall” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action up to $76 million. The...more

Power Play: Energy Utilities Score Big as FCC Approves Use of Robocalls and Texts Under the TCPA; Schools Get an Assist

Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a long-anticipated declaratory order, ruling that utility companies may make robocalls and send automated texts to their customers concerning matters closely...more

Legal Alert: Voice Over Internet Protocol and the TCPA:  The Hidden Pothole on the Information Super Highway

Since the enactment of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in 1991, technological advances in the way people communicate have often outpaced the ability of the courts and the Federal Communications Commission to...more

Court of Appeals Hears National Federation of the Blind’s Challenge to DOT Rule Regarding Blind-Accessible Kiosks at Domestic...

On June 29, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard the National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) challenge to a Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule regarding air carriers’ duty to...more

Sutherland Wins Dismissal of TCPA Fax Case: Applying Spokeo, Court Finds Plaintiff Incurred No Actual Harm

On July 5, in Sartin v. EKF Diagnostics, Inc., No. 16-1816, 2016 WL 3598297 (E.D. La. July 5, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted Defendant’s Rule 12(b)(1) motion to dismiss because...more

Limited Liability Communication: Seventh Circuit Limits TCPA Liability for Communications Made by Third-Parties

On March 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a small business had no liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for fax advertisements sent by a...more

Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo: “Representative” Evidence May Be Used in (Some) Class Actions

On March 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the certification of a class of Tyson Foods employees under Rule 23(b)(3) and a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Court held that...more

Dial “C” for Confusion: Courts Split on TCPA Definition of Autodialer

Notwithstanding so-called “guidance” from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its July 2015 Order, the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer) continues to be a disputed issue. This...more

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