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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

Dish Network hit with record $280 million civil penalty and far-reaching injunctive relief for do not call violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An Illinois federal judge ordered Dish Network to pay the federal government $168 million for violating the FTC’s Telephone Sales Rule (“TSR”). The judgment is the largest civil penalty ever obtained for a violation of the...more

Canadian Government Suspends Private Right of Action Under Anti-Spam Law

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In an order dated June 2, 2017, the Canadian government indefinitely suspended a key provision in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017. While CASL initially came into force in...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | May 2017

Senators Call For Removal of Dioxane from Cosmetic Products - U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer (DN. Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (DN. Y.) have petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit detectable levels of 1,4dioxane...more

Dish Network Liable for $61 Million in Treble Damages for Service Provider's TCPA Violations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent federal court ruling provides a potent reminder that companies can be held liable for consumer protection law violations committed by third-party vendors—and underscores the importance of maintaining strong vendor...more

Dish Network Liable for $61 Million After North Carolina District Court Trebles Damages in TCPA Class Action

by Carlton Fields on

A North Carolina district court recently held that Dish Network (“Dish”) willfully violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when Satellite Systems Network (SSN) made more than 50,000 telemarketing and sales calls...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms No Private Right of Action to Enforce Lack of Substantiation Claims in SeroVital False Advertising Class...

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of plaintiff’s unfair competition law and consumer legal remedies claims, finding that neither claim provided plaintiff with a private cause of action to...more

New Canada Anti-Spam Rules Take Effect July 1 – Additional Teeth Behind New Rules

Organizations that do business in Canada should be aware of key changes coming to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”). Beginning July 1, 2017, CASL will place stricter conditions on how companies can market their services...more

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

For years, craigslist has aggressively used technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes....more

Autodialing and Pre-Recorded Messages: the TCPA’s Trap for Unwary Lenders and Debt Collectors

by Ruder Ware on

In February 2015, a federal judge approved a $75 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class settlement involving Capital One and three debt collectors.[1] The plaintiffs (debtors) alleged that Capital One and...more

CFPB files complaint alleging defendants ran unlawful debt relief operation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB has filed a complaint in a California federal district court against three law firms and two individual attorneys alleging that they offered debt relief services to consumers in violation of the Telemarketing Sales...more

New Lawsuits Challenge Qualcomm’s Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Practices

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The Federal Trade Commission filed suit last week in federal court against Qualcomm, Inc., following its investigation launched in September 2014. The FTC alleges that the semiconductor manufacturer illegally maintained a...more

Central District of California Finds Prerecorded Call Was Not Telemarketing Under TCPA

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Last week, the Central District of California granted summary judgment in a TCPA case involving a single prerecorded call from the plaintiff’s medical insurance company. In Smith v. Blue Shield of California, the plaintiff...more

CFPB Consent Orders with Consumer Reporting Agencies Focus on Marketing Practices not Credit Reporting

Marketing practices remain at the forefront of CFPB activity as evidenced by two recent consent orders entered into with TransUnion and Equifax. The consent orders combine to require the CRAs to pay more than $17.6 million...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

What Is an ATDS? The New Battleground in TCPA Litigation Since The FCC’s Declaratory Ruling

by Burr & Forman on

The world of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation is constantly changing. With this evolution, new issues arise on almost a daily basis, challenging those prosecuting and defending these claims. A recent and...more

Alpha Gas and Electric Settles TCPA Class Action for $1.1 Million

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On November 10, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order preliminarily approving a $1.1 million settlement of a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Federal Court Revives Suspended Judgment Against Text Message Marketing Company Principal        

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

In a decision that should grab the attention of marketers who operate through all media, a federal court has lifted a suspended judgment awarded to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) against the owner of a text message...more

DC Circuit Hears TCPA Oral Arguments

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Oral arguments were recently held before the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit in a consolidated case, spearheaded by ACA International, challenging the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) recent order...more

Advertising in MA: Can Consumers Bring Class Actions for ‘Deceptive’ Advertising that has Neither Deceived Nor Harmed Them?

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If your company advertises and sells products in Massachusetts, it could be subjected to a class action lawsuit by Massachusetts consumers who purchased one of its products if the consumers can show that a reasonable person...more

CFPB Wins Judgment Against Online Payday Lender in Lawsuit Alleging “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme and Violations of State Usury Laws

by Goodwin on

On August 31, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) obtained summary judgment against a California-based online payday lender, its individual owner, its subsidiary, and a servicer of its loans, which allegedly...more

NBA Team Sued By Fans Over Mobile Application

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this week, a putative class action was brought against the NBA’s Golden State Warriors concerning the team’s mobile application. According to the complaint, the free app provides an interactive experience for fans by...more

Third Time’s the Charm? Court Rejects Parties’ Second Settlement Agreement for Failure to Provide Sufficient Value to Class...

District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel recently considered and rejected—for the second time—a proposed class action settlement involving false advertising claims against a defendant jeans manufacturer. Hofmann v. Dutch, LLC,...more

Nature’s Way Can’t Slide Out of Coconut Oil Suit

On August 12, 2016, Southern District of California Judge William Q. Hayes denied most of a motion to dismiss and motion to strike in Hunter v. Nature’s Way Products, LLC, Case No. 16cv532-WQH-BLM. The putative class action...more

TCPA Connect - August 2016

FCC Issues Report and Order on Budget Act Exemptions - On August 11, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Report and Order implementing Section 301 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which amended the...more

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