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Texting while driving and related dangers

Because the problem of texting while driving is so significant, various agencies including the Federal Communications Commission have been working to create greater public awareness of the dangers related to this practice....more

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

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - July 2014

In this issue: - Proposed California Law Would Impose Data Breach Liability on Retailers and Create More Stringent Data Security Requirements for Businesses - FTC Continues Its Aggressive FCRA Enforcement and...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

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

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

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted two declaratory rulings that eased some standards for complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) consent requirements regarding informational...more

TCPA Not Violated When Consumer Voluntarily Provided Number to Business

A federal court in California recently ruled that a plaintiff who was required to enter her phone number to purchase a plane ticket online had consented to receive a text message, and dismissed her claim under the Telephone...more

Retailers Ask FCC to Clarify that Text Message Responses Are OK

Should retailers be required to obtain written consent before sending a consumer a text message with information or a coupon that was specifically requested? The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) thinks not, and has...more

Consumer Data Privacy Update for Marketers, Part 2: New Telemarketing/Text Message Marketing Rules Effective October 16, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Report and Order 12-21 (Order 12-21), issued in February 2012, describes revised telemarketing rules that became effective during the past 12 months....more

Telemarketing? Try Tweeting

The FCC’s revised rules for telemarketers and text marketers, taking effect in October, could signal a big shift in how companies direct market, posits Julie O’Neill, a Morrison & Foerster attorney specializing in privacy...more

FCC Adopts Stricter Rule for Mobile Message Marketing

The U.S. federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, regulates telemarketing activities, including the use of autodialing systems to initiate unsolicited telemarketing voice...more

They’re Here: The FCC’s New Regulations Under the TCPA — Now What?

Consumer class actions alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) are on the rise, with consumers filing several new class actions a week in California alone. Easy to file and requiring little upfront...more

Are You Ready For The New TCPA Regulations Regarding Text/SMS Marketing That Go Into Effect On October 16, 2013?

On October 16, 2013, new rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission on June 11, 2012 implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 go into effect regarding the requirements for prior written...more

How to Break the Federal Debt-Collection Law — By Texting

It’s quite clear that the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission view existing federal consumer protection and communications statutes as fully applicable to new modes of communication such as...more

Are You Ready for the New Telephone and Text Marketing Rules?

Effective October 16, 2013, the rules governing telephone and text marketing will significantly change. Under prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations issued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Out of the Box - Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry: Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2013

In This Issue: From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study; FCC’s New TCPA Rule; and Consumer Rights Set to Change in Europe. Excerpt from From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study - The...more

Capital Thinking: Technology & Communications

Legislative Activity - Senate Commerce Committee Evaluates FCC And FTC Nominees - The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on Wednesday, September 18 to consider the...more

New TCPA Requirements for "Prior Express Written Consent" Effective October 16

Companies that use telemarketing campaigns must be ready for changes to “prior express consent” requirements that go into effect on October 16, 2013. The new rules were issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...more

Judge Scola Strikes Again: Rejects Traditional Standard for Express Consent Under TCPA

A little over a month after deciding Mais v. Golf Coast Collections Bureau, Inc., Judge Robert Scola has again ruled that the FCC’s 20 year old order regarding express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has...more

No TCPA Express Consent When Instructions to the Contrary are Provided

The Federal Communications Commission has long held that a person who knowingly releases his telephone number to a person or entity has in effect given his permission to be called at that number unless he provides...more

Advertising Law -- Mar 21, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Advertising Litigation Team Twice Defeats Efforts to Enjoin TurboTax Television Commercials; Sen. Rockefeller Tries Again with Do Not Track; NAD: Price Match Offer by Toys “R” Us Needs a Change;...more

Is the FTC Opening a New Front in the War on Commercial Texting?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it concurrently filed eight complaints in courts around the United States against “senders of spam text messages” who allegedly engaged in deceptive acts or practices by...more

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