The United States Federal Communications Commission Telephone Consumer Protection Act

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Court Rejects Broad Definition of ‘Autodialer’ Under TCPA

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently addressed a critical threshold issue in cases brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act arising out of text messages or calls to...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Petitions Concerning the FCC’s Rule on Opt-Out Notices for Fax Advertisements

On July 25, 2014, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on five petitions, filed by American Caresource Holdings, Inc. (“ACH”), CARFAX, Inc.(“CARFAX”), UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (“UnitedHealth”), MedLearning, Inc. and...more

TCPA Reform Gains Congressional Support

Industry efforts to persuade the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) recently received support from a group of 15 members of the U.S. House of...more

Ninth Circuit Thinks Inside the Bun, Applies Traditional Agency Principles To Dismiss Putative TCPA Class Action Claims Against...

In Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp., No. 12-56458 (9th Cir. July 2, 2014) the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Taco Bell, one defendant in a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone...more

D. Mass. Grants Summary Judgment to Plaintiff, Finds Predictive Dialer to be an ATDS

The District of Massachusetts recently entered summary judgment in favor of a plaintiff after deferring to FCC statements that purport to expand the definition of an automated telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to include...more

FCC Clarifies TCPA Consent Standard for Collection Calls to Cell Phones

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently clarified its view on when someone has provided “prior express consent” to receive prerecorded or autodialed collection calls to his or her cell phone as required by the...more

FCC Letter Brief to Second Circuit Narrowly Construes Recent TCPA Guidance

We reported last spring on two FCC declaratory rulings, GroupMe and Cargo Airline, that included some broad, business-friendly interpretations of rules implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), under which...more

Call Me Maybe?: The New TCPA Position Announced by The Federal Communications Commission in Nigro v. Mercantile Adjustment Bureau

As federal courts continue to grapple with the explosion of litigation brought by plaintiffs under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) is increasingly being called...more

Federal Court Finds That TCPA Plaintiff Consented To Debt Collection Calls by Providing Phone Number On Hospital Admission Form

On June 25, Judge Michael Anello of the Southern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of defendant Sharp Healthcare (“Sharp”) in Hudson v. Sharp Healthcare, 13cv1807-MMA, a purported class action alleging...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects “Intended Recipient” Interpretation of TCPA’s “Called Party” Language

The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that the TCPA’s prohibition on prerecorded calling applies to wireless numbers that have been reassigned from a consenting subscriber to a new, presumably nonconsenting one, regardless of...more

Mobile Alphabet Soup…What Exactly Is an ATDS under the TCPA?

There has been an uptick in litigation under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227 – likely due to the increased use of mobile marketing (not to mention the availability of statutory damages...more

And You Thought Your Teenager’s Cell Phone Bill Was High…NFL Team’s Texts Cost $3 Million

Fans everywhere like to complain about their team’s picks in the NFL draft. Maybe their team drafted a quarterback instead of a cornerback, or maybe it fell for that highly overrated prospect. Most such complaints stay safely...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

Advertising News & Analysis - May 2014

In this issue: - The Rulings the FTC Won't Forget (and Neither Should You) - $6 Million Reasons to Regret That Tweet - Hold the Phone: FCC, Courts Bring Some Clarity to TCPA - FTC, CFPB Tag Team...more

FCC Proposes Nearly $3M TCPA Fine Against "Robocalling" Platform for 184 Calls

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) to Dialing Services LLC, finding the company apparently liable for 184 prerecorded calls to cell phones in violation of the Telephone...more

TCPA Connect - May 2014

New TCPA Class Action Doesn’t Want to Make Friends - Ride-sharing company Lyft is facing a putative class action suit for allegedly violating the TCPA by encouraging users to invite their friends to join the service....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

FCC Denies Petition To Change Its Rules So That It Could Preside Over Class Actions

The FCC recently denied a petition that had asked it to amend its rules so that it could preside over class actions. Although the Petition did not mention the TCPA, it would not have taken long for plaintiffs to create a new...more

FCC Reinforces that Those Who Knowingly Release Cell Numbers Grant Permission to be Called Under the TCPA--But Companies May Still...

We recently reported on two FCC declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in the context of social-network text messages and package-delivery calls, that included broad, business-friendly...more

FCC TCPA Ruling Provides Guidance on Mobile App Messaging

On March 27, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling interpreting the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as it relates to prerecorded and autodialed calls to cellular...more

Three Important TCPA Developments

Within the course of two weeks, there have important modifications in the way that the TCPA is applied and enforced. 1. In the Matter of GroupMe Inc./Skype Communications S.A.R.L., FCC Declaratory Ruling, FCC 14-33...more

TCPA Litigation Explosion Leads to Rule Clarifications

Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing, fax marketing, and prerecorded/auto-dialed phone calls. Recently, there has been an explosion in TCPA...more

GroupMe Gets an FCC Green Light on Sending Administrative Texts to Confirm Interest in Joining Social Network Groups

Previous TCPA Blog posts have noted that the FCC has a growing backlog of petitions for rulemaking, expedited declaratory ruling, or petitions for clarification on numerous issues posed by the TCPA. On a recent Friday, the...more

FCC Clarifies TCPA Mandates

The FCC last week issued two declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). While the rulings in each are limited to the specific requests set forth in the petitions, they include broad...more

Court Finds That System Is Not An ATDS Unless It Can Generate (As Opposed To Merely Dial) Numbers On A Random or Sequential Basis

Judge Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently granted Yahoo! summary judgment in a case challenging Yahoo’s automatic email to text alert system because it did not use an automatic telephone dialing system...more

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