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FCC Focuses on Consumer Protection From Robocalling and TCPA Violations

by Carlton Fields on

On July 13, the FCC issued a second notice of inquiry, following its March 23 adoption of a notice of proposed rulemaking, aimed at protecting consumers from robocalls. The rulemaking proposes express authorization for...more

July 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: Commissioners Adopt Second Robocall NOI to Examine Reassigned Number Database Issues

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the three FCC Commissioners voted in favor of a Second Notice of Inquiry (NOI) to gather feedback on using numbering information to create comprehensive list that businesses can use to identify telephone...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Republican Chess Bedsole Announces Bid for Alabama Attorney General- Chess Bedsole, who previously served as the Alabama campaign chairman for President Trump, announced his candidacy to become the Alabama AG. Bedsole is...more

You Can’t Always Get What You Want—Second Circuit Affirms Parties Can Bargain Away TCPA Right To Revoke Consent To Automated Calls

As the Rolling Stones famously sing, “You can’t always get what you want.” And in the ever treacherous world of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq., the Second Circuit has ruled that means...more

TCPA Tracker - July 2017

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Recent News - "Ringless Voicemail” Petition for Declaratory Ruling Withdrawn - On June 20, 2017, All About the Message, LLC withdrew its FCC petition seeking a declaratory ruling that “the delivery of a voice message...more

A TCPA Violation Confers Standing Under Spokeo in the 3rd Circuit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has concluded that an alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act creates a sufficiently concrete injury to give a plaintiff standing to sue under...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

FCC Proposes Historic $120 Million Fine for Illegally "Spoofed" Robocalls

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a historic $120 million fine against an individual, Mr. Adrian Abramovich, who reportedly made more than 100 million unlawful “spoofed” robocalls in violation of the Truth in...more

Federal Appeals Court Affirms TCPA Consent Cannot Be Revoked if Granted By Contract

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services that a consumer does not have the right to revoke consent to autodialed and/or prerecorded calls to his a...more

FCC Slams Serial Robocaller With $120 Million Proposed Fine for “Spoofing” Numbers

We all get them. Repeated marketing calls to our mobile and home phones with the incoming phone number altered to make it appear that it’s a local call, when in fact, the call is from a robo-scammer using IP technology to...more

Second Circuit: You Agreed to be Called When They Loaned You the Money, So Now Live With It

In a case of first impression, the Second Circuit recently ruled that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to unilaterally revoke bargained-for consent to be contacted by autodialer and pre-recorded voice calls on a mobile...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains Judgment Against Robocallers

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) secured default judgments against an individual responsible for hundreds of millions of illegal “robocalls” and nine companies he controlled, resulting in a...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

Second Circuit Rejects TCPA Lawsuit Holding Plaintiff’s Consent to Receive Calls Was Irrevocable

by King & Spalding on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) generally prohibits automated or prerecorded calls to cellular phones, absent the recipient’s express consent. Although other courts and the Federal Communications Commission...more

Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services: Second Circuit Rules that TCPA Does Not Permit Revocation When Consent is Provided...

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Reyes v. Lincoln Automotive Financial Services, No. 16-2104-cv, 2017 WL 2675363 (2d Cir. June 22, 2017), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the TCPA does not permit a consumer to revoke his or her consent to be...more

June 2017 FCC Meeting Recap: FCC Proposes $120 Million Fine for Alleged “Spoofed Robocall Campaign”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a first-of-its-kind Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) alleging that Adrian Abramovich, through numerous companies that he owned or operated,...more

Court Rules Against Dish Network In Multi-State Lawsuit

by Roetzel & Andress on

On June 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois issued a ruling in a lawsuit filed against Dish Network, LLC (3:09-CV-03073). The plaintiffs in the lawsuit were the United States (on...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Kelley Drye’s Communications Practice Group presents this tracker of active Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) petitions before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). With the recent increase in litigation...more

A&B Insurance Settles TCPA Class Action for $4.25 Million

Last week, A&B Insurance and Financial LLC (A&B Insurance) agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle claims that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by initiating telephone calls to consumers without prior...more

FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching “Worthless” Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

by Goodwin on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help...more

National Pharmacy Avoids TCPA Claim for Flu Shot Robocall under Health Care Rule Exemption

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A judge in the Southern District of New York recently held that an automated, pre-recorded message sent on behalf of Rite Aid informing recipients to obtain a flu vaccine shot was exempted from the Telephone Consumer...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

TCPA Connect - June 2017

Would-Be Employer Targeted in New TCPA Suit - Could employers be the next target for Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions? - Hopefully not, after an Illinois federal court judge dismissed a complaint brought...more

Guest Post: District Court Rejects Vicarious Liability Claims under the TCPA

A Michigan district court recently weighed in on the availability of vicarious liability for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). In Kern v. VIP Travel Servs., the plaintiffs received several...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

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