Thomas Byrne

Thomas Byrne

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

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Invalidation of Georgia Garnishment Statute – Now What?

On September 8, 2015, a federal district court invalidated a portion of the Georgia post-judgment garnishment statute in Strickland v. Alexander, No. 1:12-CV-02735-MHS (N.D. Ga.). Senior Judge Marvin Shoob found that the...more

10/13/2015 - Due Process Garnishment Judgment Creditors Wage Garnishment

Supreme Court Allows Disparate-Impact Claims Under the Fair Housing Act

The Supreme Court held today that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) not only prohibits intentional discrimination, but also establishes liability for practices that result in a disparate impact on minority groups. Texas Department...more

6/26/2015 - Affordable Housing Disparate Impact ECOA Fair Housing Act (FHA) HUD SCOTUS Texas Dept of Housing v Inclusive Communities

Redial: 2014 TCPA Year In Review – Analysis Of Critical Issues And Trends

In this Analysis: - New TCPA Rules Take Effect for Telemarketing Calls - Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices - TCPA Best Practices: Consent,...more

2/4/2015 - Best Practices Insurance Industry Opt-Outs Popular Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA Telemarketing Third-Party Risk Unsolicited Faxes

Ringing in the New Year: TCPA Hot Issues for 2015

The year 2014 saw a surge in class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements captured the headlines. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided...more

1/19/2015 - Class Action Corporate Counsel FCC Prior Express Consent Robocalling TCPA Third-Party Liability

Supreme Court Simplifies Removal from State Courts

Yesterday, the Supreme Court relieved decades of uncertainty concerning the filing requirements for removal of cases to federal court from state court by holding that a defendant is required only to file “a short and plain...more

12/16/2014 - CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Federal Jurisdiction Notice Requirements Removal SCOTUS

TCPA Class Action Against Insurance Agent Not Covered by Professional Liability Insurance

As class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) have continued to rise, so too have the number of disputes with commercial liability insurers over coverage for their insureds’ alleged TCPA...more

12/10/2014 - Class Action Commercial General Liability Policies Indemnification Policy Exclusions TCPA

Legal Alert: Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices

The end of October 2014 saw two significant developments for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules governing facsimile transmissions, fax opt-out notices and liability for faxes sent by third parties....more

11/7/2014 - Advertising Faxes FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent TCPA Third-Party Liability Unsolicited Faxes

TCPA Risks Increase for the Financial Services Industry

Companies in the financial services industry are being targeted in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements like the recent $75 million settlement involving...more

11/5/2014 - Capital One Class Action FCC Settlement TCPA

TCPA Best Practices: Consent, Compliance, Communication

SUTHERLAND’S THREE C'S: CONSENT, COMPLIANCE, COMMUNICATION - What is the TCPA? The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, prerecorded or autodialed...more

10/28/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance FCC TCPA

Legal Alert: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a...more

10/8/2014 - Appeals Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Hobbs Act Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Robocalling TCPA

TCPA Hot Issues - TCPA Restricts Autodialed Calls, but Courts Split on Meaning of Autodialer

To autodial or not autodial, that is the question. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) defines autodialer as “equipment which has the capacity to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or...more

9/23/2014 - ATDS Corporate Counsel FCC Robocalling TCPA

Legal Alert: CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders

On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. The proposed rule can be found here. Under the...more

9/22/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Larger Participant Nonbank Firms

TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?

What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone...more

9/4/2014 - Cell Phones Consent Corporate Counsel FCC TCPA

For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated...more

8/26/2014 - FCC Popular Robocalling TCPA Texting Unsolicited Phone Calls

Legal Alert: Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Prompt Record Filing of TCPA Lawsuits

High-dollar settlements of class actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act appear to have prompted the filing of a record number of new TCPA cases in federal courts nationwide. In the largest TCPA settlement...more

8/13/2014 - Capital One Class Action Robocalling Settlement TCPA Telemarketing

Securities Class Action Defendants Can Rebut the Basic Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption of Reliance at the Class Certification...

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday that defendants in securities fraud class actions can defeat the Basic fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage “through evidence that the...more

6/24/2014 - Basic v Levinson Class Action Class Certification Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund Presumption of Reliance SCOTUS Securities Fraud

Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not...more


TCPA Hot Issues: If Consent is Not Forever, What Constitutes Revocation?

One of the hot issues in pending litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is whether a consumer can revoke consent to receive calls on a cell phone. A number of courts have recently held that a consumer...more

5/16/2014 - Cell Phones Consent FCC Prior Express Consent Revocation TCPA

Legal Alert: My Brother’s TCPA Keeper? Recent Cases Highlight Third-Party Risk Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Early 2014 has produced a series of court decisions highlighting third-party liability issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In February, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about liability for...more

3/12/2014 - Advertising FCC SCOTUS TCPA Third-Party Risk Unsolicited Faxes VoIP

No SLUSA Protection Absent Material Connection With Sale/Purchase of Covered Security

In Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, the U.S. Supreme Court held on February 26, 2014, that the victims of Allen Stanford’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme can proceed with their claims against law firms, insurance brokers,...more

3/3/2014 - Banks Chadbourne & Parke LLP v Troice Fraud Ponzi Scheme SCOTUS SLUSA

State Attorney General Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable to Federal Court as CAFA “Mass Actions”

This week the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that parens patriae actions in which the State is the sole plaintiff are not “mass actions” under the Class Action Fairness...more

1/17/2014 - CAFA Class Action Mass Action Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Parens Patriae Removal Rule 23 SCOTUS

Legal Alert: Cost of Insurance Litigation – Insurers Retain Discretion to Set COI Rates in Two Key Victories

In the first federal appellate decisions addressing cost of insurance (COI) charges in life insurance policies, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed two victories to insurers in opinions issued December 13, 2013. In...more

12/19/2013 - Class Action COI Rates Insurance Industry Life Insurance Motion to Dismiss Premiums

CFPB Releases Preliminary Report on Arbitration Agreements But Defers Final Analysis and Recommendations

On December 12, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its preliminary report on the use of arbitration clauses in consumer financial products and services. The preliminary report focuses on...more

12/16/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements CFPB Credit Cards Prepaid Payment Products

Legal Alert: Georgia Court of Appeals: Fine Print Too Small to Save Limitation-of-Liability Clause in Home Security Contract

A decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals has potentially far-reaching consequences for companies that include limitation-of-liability clauses in their customer contracts. In Monitronics International v. Veasley, the Georgia...more


Legal Alert: In a Class of Their Own: the Impact of the Supreme Court's October 2012 Term on Class Actions

During its recently concluded October 2012 term, the Supreme Court of the United States decided seven cases that are likely to have a significant impact on class action practice. This term’s decisions addressed evidentiary...more

7/10/2013 - CAFA Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Databases DMV Evidentiary Rulings Non-Solicitation Agreements SCOTUS Securities Fraud

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