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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

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

Eleventh Circuit Rules on Alleged Violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Joining the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the term “called party” in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act means the party who actually received the call, not the...more

Fraudulent sweepstakes: What can we do?

Nearly every year, complaints about sweepstakes crop up among the top 10 complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission. Recently I received a call from a number which I did not recognize. The woman on the line...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

Summertime Blues: Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on Strict TCPA Liability for Texts and Autodialed and Prerecorded Calls to Cell...

Over the Spring, we reported on how the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Osorio v. State Farm brought that court into alignment with the Seventh Circuit on how restrictions in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) on...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

Advertising Law - May 08, 2014

Defendant Agrees To Telemarketing, Robocalling Ban In FTC Deal - A defendant agreed to a permanent ban from telemarketing and robocalling in a deal with the Federal Trade Commission, by settling allegations he had...more

What is an “Automatic Telephone Dialing System” under the TCPA?

Many, if not most, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases hinge on whether the defendant’s alleged conduct involved an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS). Under 47 U.S.C. § 227, an ATDS is defined as “equipment...more

FTC Continues Its Pursuit of "Robocalling" Platforms

With its latest settlement, the Federal Trade Commission shows that its prior targeting of prerecorded voice dialing platforms, as opposed to those who use them to place “robocalls,” was no one-off initiative, and that it has...more

TCPA Connect

Two Recent Yahoo! Decisions Produce Differing Results for TCPA Liability - ..PA Court: Yahoo!’s System Not an ATDS: Yahoo! won dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) suit when a federal court...more

Eleventh Circuit Issues Significant Ruling on TCPA Consent for Collection Calls to Cell Phones

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that a debtor may not provide the “prior express consent” required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for autodialed collection calls to be made...more

FCC Grants Limited Package Delivery Notification “Prior Express Consent” Exemption

On March 27, 2014, the FCC granted, in part, a petition for expedited declaratory ruling filed by the Cargo Airline Association (“CAA”). (The FCC’s CAA Order can be found here.) In its petition, the CAA asked the FCC: (1) to...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

Another Court Holds That Definition of Automatic Telephone Dialing System Focuses on Present Rather Than Potential “Capacity”

As we have previously discussed, two recent decisions narrowly interpreted the term automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), the definition of which will determine the fate of many TCPA claims....more

Eleventh Circuit Adopts Seventh Circuit Jurisprudence Imposing Strict TCPA Liability on Autodialed and Prerecorded Calls and Texts

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision in Osorio v. State Farm Bank aligning that court with the Seventh Circuit on how Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restrictions on automated...more

Commissioner O’Reilly Calls for FCC Action on Backlog of Petitions

In a March 25, 2014 blog post titled “TCPA: It is Time to Provide Clarity,” Commissioner O’Reilly recognized the pressing need for clarity and called for the FCC to act “as soon as possible.” (Read entire post on the Official...more

FCC Sends Its Own Message with TCPA Declaratory Rulings

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued two declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as applied to prerecorded calls and autodialed calls and texts to cell phones. While the...more

Thank You Commissioner O'Rielly - FCC Acknowledgment of TCPA Confusion is Long Overdue

But One Vote is Not Enough for Action, Nor Does Action Assure a Favorable Outcome - FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly recently blogged that “It is Time to Provide Clarity” on issues swirling around application of the...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #37

We are pleased to present the 37th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent developments concerning securities fraud liability against law firms and other...more

TCPA Connect - Feb 19, 2014

District Court Finds Consent a Valid Defense to TCPA Claims, Even When Customer Had Provided Phone Number Ten Years Before Autodialed Call - The issue of prior consent, and when and if such consent was provided by a...more

TCPA Connect -- Jan 13, 2014

Good Faith Belief in a Consumer’s Consent Found to be Valid Defense to TCPA Claim - Despite a material question about whether the defendant had express consent to contact the plaintiff, a California federal court judge...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 16, 2013

SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Workshop on Native Advertising – The “Blurred Lines” Remain Fuzzy - The increased prevalence of online native advertising – commercial content designed with the look and feel of editorial comment –...more

Seventh Circuit Holds TCPA Does Not Preempt State Law Banning Robocalls

On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not preempt an Indiana statute that bans most robocalls without exempting calls that are...more

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