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FCC Approves Release of NPRM to Implement Government Debt TCPA Exemption

On May 4, 2016, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to exempt robocalls made to collect “a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States” from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement. The new rules will...more

Legal Challenge to FCC’s TCPA Omnibus Ruling Ready for Court Decision

The FCC’s July 2015 Omnibus Ruling ("the Ruling") interpreting certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been widely denounced by business interests for its expansive interpretation of the...more

April 2016: Insurance Litigation Update

Insurance Coverage for Liability Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), enacted in 1991, prohibits certain telephone solicitations conducted with automated systems. 47...more

TCPA Connect - April 2016

Podium P.O.V.: Observations From Marc Roth on PACE's Annual Convention - I recently had the privilege of speaking at the Professional Association for Customer Engagement annual convention in Orlando. As in prior years,...more

Class Action TCPA Case Dismissed Because Calls Were Made Solely To Collect a Debt Owed To Or Guaranteed By The United States

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency autodialed student debtor, Neil Silver, in January 2014 in an effort to collect on student debt. Silver claimed that these calls were made without his consent, and therefore...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

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

Florida District Court Holds Calling System Sufficiently Configured to Avoid TCPA Liability

As lawsuits asserting claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (the “TCPA”), continue to rise in the wake of the consumer-friendly Declaratory Ruling and Order issued by the Federal Communications...more

Robocall Roulette: Federal Court Hands Significant Victory to TCPA Defendants

Businesses and organizations staring down lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) have received welcome news from the federal courts. In a decision with significant implications, a Florida district...more

TCPA Connect - March 2016

Prior Express Consent Exists When Cellphone Number Is Shared With Intermediary - Joining other federal appellate courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that prior consent that is provided indirectly to...more

TCPA Update – FCC Reveals Key Points for Proposed Rules for “Robocalling” to Collect Federal Debt

Last November, in pushing through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Congress inserted minor amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to create a new exception to the TCPA’s prohibition on autodialed and...more

FCC Chairman Previews Proposed Regulations for Implementing New TCPA Exemptions

A recent letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler describes the regulations being considered by the FCC for implementing new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) exemptions for calls made...more

Dial “C” for Confusion: Courts Split on TCPA Definition of Autodialer

Notwithstanding so-called “guidance” from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its July 2015 Order, the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer) continues to be a disputed issue. This...more

Sixth Circuit Finds “Prior Express Consent” in Affirming Dismissal of TCPA Class Action against Healthcare Provider’s Debt...

The Sixth Circuit (the “Court”) recently sided with a defendant-debt collector in a putative class action in which the plaintiffs claimed that the defendant’s calls to their cell phones violated the Telephone Consumer...more

FCC clarifies TCPA liability for texting

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a denial of a petition from a company that provides bulk marketing texts for other companies, clarified that it will maintain separate standards for fax and text messaging...more

DC Circuit to Review the FCC's Robocall Rules - Do They Unfairly Expose Utilities to Fines for Keeping Their Customers Informed...

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) limits the use of automated dialing equipment to make calls or send text messages to wireless phone numbers without the called party's express prior consent. Because utility...more

Courts Consider Definition of Autodialer and Standing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after FCC Ruling

In July, the FCC issued its omnibus ruling responding to 21 petitions seeking exemptions or clarification of certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The ruling addresses the statutory definition of...more

Budget Deal Allows Autodialers and Robocalls in Federal Debt Collection

President Barak Obama recently signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), which resolved major differences between the White House and Congress, thereby funding the federal government for the next two...more

TCPA FCC Petitions Tracker

On November 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. While much of the attention surrounding the bill focused on the decision to raise the debt ceiling, the legislation also quietly...more

Third Circuit Gives TCPA Autodialer Plaintiffs Staying Power

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently became the first federal appellate court to apply the Federal Communications Commission’s declaratory ruling that expanded the notion of what constitutes an...more

Wisconsin District Court Extends Stay in TCPA Case Pending Judicial Review of FCC Order

In Gensel v. Performant Technologies, Inc., No. 13-C-1196, 2015 WL 6158072, (E.D. Wisc. Oct. 20, 2015), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted Performant Technologies, Inc.’s (“Performant”)...more

One More Reason the New Budget Act Is Good for the Government, and Here’s a Hint: It Relates to the TCPA!

Anyone paying attention to goings-on in Washington last week might have heard a loud, bipartisan sigh of relief when both the House and the Senate passed a budget deal that temporarily averted another government shutdown or...more

Significant Exception to TCPA Likely to Pass

Congress is about to pass the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015. The budget agreement includes significant amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. As proposed, the TCPA will soon permit autodialed calls to cell...more

What's the FCC's "Capacity"?

Most attorneys involved in consumer finance litigation are aware the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with implementing and enforcing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Although the FCC's duties...more

Third Circuit Allows Putative TCPA Class Action to Proceed, Citing FCC Ruling

On October 23, 2015, the Third Circuit vacated a summary judgment decision in Yahoo, Inc.’s favor based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order that expanded the definition of an “autodialer” under the...more

Key Takeaways from the Consumer Protection Forum

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) hosted a half-day forum that featured government officials discussing hot-button issues in consumer protection regulation and enforcement. Speakers at the...more

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