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Contingency-Fee Unclaimed Property Auditor Arrangement Subject to Due Process Review

A facial challenge to Delaware’s use of contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors has been given new life by a federal appellate court, which held that the arrangement is subject to due process review, reversing the lower...more

All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: Ringless Voicemail FCC Petition Withdrawn

In the face of significant opposition from virtually all quarters, All About The Message, LLC (AATM), has withdrawn its petition asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a declaratory ruling that a prerecorded...more

Locked-In: TCPA Consent Not Revocable If a Term of Contract

Consent to be contacted under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is not revocable if included as a term of a written contract, according to a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Reyes v....more

See No Evil: Willful Blindness Costs Dish Network $341,000,000 For TCPA Violations

Willful blindness when it comes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) could cost companies millions in statutory damages and penalties. Dish Network has been ordered in two cases to pay a total of $341 million based...more

DC Circuit Denies Rehearing of TCPA Fax Decision

On June 6, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit denied the government’s request for an en banc rehearing of a March 31, 2017, decision that invalidated a decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule...more

6/14/2017  /  Faxes , FCC , Lack of Authority , Opt-Outs , TCPA

No Harm, No Foul? FCC Seeks Comment on Direct-to-Voicemail Services and the TCPA

Does a prerecorded message delivered directly to the recipient’s voicemail constitute a “call” subject to the restrictions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is...more

5/1/2017  /  Cell Phones , FCC , Public Comment , TCPA , Voicemail

Delaware Re-Ups on Controversial Estimation Method for Unclaimed Property Audits

Delaware and its third-party auditors intend to continue using the same controversial estimation techniques in unclaimed property audits, as described in newly proposed regulations, even after a federal court found a...more

Untangling the Cord: Seeking Clarity on the TCPA’s Definition of Autodialer

Businesses and other stakeholders continue to grapple with what constitutes an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer) as it is defined in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As noted previously,...more

4/6/2017  /  Auto-Dialed Calls , FCC , TCPA

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

Attempt to Block Unclaimed Property Gift-Card Audit Again Rejected by Delaware Federal Court

Marking its second decision on the issue, the Delaware federal district court has held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s priority rules governing the distribution of unclaimed property among competing states do not apply to...more

Delaware’s Overhaul of Its Unclaimed Property Laws

Facing widespread criticism about the enforcement of its unclaimed property laws, Delaware has just completed a wholesale revision of its unclaimed property statute. The statutory overhaul has passed both houses of the...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

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2017

Consumer-facing industries face a continued wave of class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Indeed, in 2016, TCPA lawsuits remained one of the most filed types of class actions, and unsettled...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

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

Cybersecurity Certifications Now Required to Access Death Master File

Tough cybersecurity certification requirements for parties seeking access to certain information in the Social Security Death Master File (DMF) take effect on November 28. The final rule imposing the cybersecurity...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

Unclaimed Property Disputes Over State Priority Take Center Stage, Head to U.S. Supreme Court and the Third Circuit

Disputes over the unclaimed property priority rules continue to intensify. The U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of a clash involving more than 20 states regarding the right to take custody of official checks. ...more

STOLI Scheme Saved By Expiration of Contestability Clause

On September 22, the Florida Supreme Court in Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Pruco Life Insurance Co., No. SC15-382 (Fla. Sept. 22, 2016) denied Pruco Life Insurance Company’s challenge to the validity of an insurance policy...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

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

The 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (2016 Act) was adopted unanimously by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in a 49-0 vote at its 2016 summer meeting. The adoption of the revised model law is a significant step forward for...more

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