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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

Record Actions Force Companies to Reevaluate How They Protect Consumers

Last week the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau announced that Verizon agreed to pay a record US$7.4 million to settle an investigation related to the company’s treatment of consumer personal information. Specifically, the Commission...more

7 important lessons from past FCC contest cases

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has brought a number of cases against broadcasters who conduct or advertise a contest on air. These cases range from failure to accurately disclose the end date for a sweepstakes, to a station’s...more

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of IP Video Clips

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Order” or “FNPRM”) requiring closed captioning of certain video clips...more

Accident, Technical Failure, or Human Error? FCC's $7.5 Million Settlement with Sprint Indicates Any and All Can Lead to...

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it settled a recent investigation of Sprint Corporation for failures to properly implement do-not-call requests and text-message opt-outs received from consumers. The...more

Regulatory Reminder: Annual CVAA Compliance Certifications due April 1

Following up on an important FCC Law Blog item from 2013, entities subject to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (“CVAA”) should be aware that the April 1, 2014 deadline to electronically file...more

Goodbye to Closed Captioning M¡s+@ke§?—FCC to Address Captioning Quality Standards

In its Tentative Agenda for its Feb. 20, 2014 open meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) states that it will adopt a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding...more

TCPA Connect -- Nov 13, 2013

Consent Too Varied to Certify TCPA Class, Court Rules - Hilton Worldwide Inc. scored a victory in California federal court when a judge declined to certify a class of millions of consumers in a TCPA suit. The...more

Changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Effective October 16, 2013 -- Companies must be Compliant or Face Stiff Penalties

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 USC 227, et. seq. (“TCPA”) and the accompanying Federal Communications Commission rules (47 CFR 64.100, et. seq.) ban many phone calls and text messages that are sent to a...more

California State Court Makes Short Shrift of TCPA Case Alleging Unlawful Use of an Autodialer

Complying with the TCPA just keeps getting more and more challenging, even as the risk of noncompliance continues to rise; but, FCC, take note: if you don’t provide unambiguous guidance soon regarding what constitutes an...more

The Times They Are A Changin' (Again): A How-To Guide Regarding Compliance With New FCC Regulations Mandating Prior Express...

The following fairly unremarkable scenario occurs numerous times every day in countless commercial settings nationwide: a consumer walks up to a cash register to pay for something and, during the course of that exchange, the...more

New TCPA Rules Effective October 16, 2013

In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised its regulations under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA"). On October 16, 2013, the final amendments to these regulations requiring prior express written...more

New TCPA Changes Going into Effect Soon – What They Mean

On October 16, 2013, two changes will go into effect in the rules implementing the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Importantly, these rules impose stricter requirements on mobile messaging and prerecorded...more

UPDATE: Stricter FCC Prerecorded Telemarketing Rules Coming Soon—Compliance Deadlines Set

Our March 15, 2012 advisory below described how the FCC revised its telemarketing rules in an attempt to reconcile them with parallel FTC regulations, but in doing so exceeded what the FTC did in a couple of key areas. The...more

FCC's New Closed Captioning Rules Kick Into Gear

New FCC regulations on closed captioning of IP-delivered video programming have caught many by surprise even though they have been in the works for the past two years. Many of those who will be directly impacted by the new...more

Compliance Deadlines Set for FCC Online Video Closed Captioning Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Report and Order (R&O) on Closed Captioning of Internet-Protocol-Delivered Video Programming appeared today in the Mar. 30, 2012 Federal Register. As described in our Closed...more

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