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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

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

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

Second Circuit Ruling Opens Door to Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Actions in New York

Litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has skyrocketed in recent years, with an estimated eighty percent of all cases filed in or transferred to federal court under the statute occurring in the past...more

District Court Denies Class Certification For Text Message Recipients Where Issue of Consent Predominate

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently denied class certification for plaintiffs alleging a claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). ...more

Are Your Robocalls Legal? Following Federal Law May Not Be Enough

Last week’s Seventh Circuit ruling in Patriotic Veterans v. State of Indiana confirms that businesses should check both federal and state laws before using automatic dialing systems (ATDS) to deliver prerecorded or synthetic...more

Will Recent Auto-Dialer Decisions Help Rein In TCPA Litigation?

Have recent judicial decisions brought much needed sanity to the discussion of what constitutes an “automatic telephone dialing system” (“ATDS”) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”)? The short answer is:...more

7th Circuit Issues Troubling TCPA Non-Preemption Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Patriotic Veterans v. Indiana that the state’s automatic dialing-announcing device (ADAD) statute is not preempted by provisions that govern prerecorded calls and...more

FCC Seeks Comment On What Constitutes “Capacity” As The Term Is Used In The TCPA

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act defines the phrase Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) as equipment that has the capacity: (A) to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or...more

TCPA Connect -- Nov 13, 2013

Consent Too Varied to Certify TCPA Class, Court Rules - Hilton Worldwide Inc. scored a victory in California federal court when a judge declined to certify a class of millions of consumers in a TCPA suit. The...more

Changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Effective October 16, 2013 -- Companies must be Compliant or Face Stiff Penalties

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 47 USC 227, et. seq. (“TCPA”) and the accompanying Federal Communications Commission rules (47 CFR 64.100, et. seq.) ban many phone calls and text messages that are sent to a...more

The Top Three Unsettled Telephone Consumer Protection Act Issues

Since its 1991 inception, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, has continuously evolved and expanded to regulate and impose liability for telemarketing, debt collection, unsolicited facsimiles, and...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Petitions to Mitigate Impact of New Robocall Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued two public notices requesting comment on petitions that seek to mitigate some of the impact from recent changes to the new Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules...more

California State Court Makes Short Shrift of TCPA Case Alleging Unlawful Use of an Autodialer

Complying with the TCPA just keeps getting more and more challenging, even as the risk of noncompliance continues to rise; but, FCC, take note: if you don’t provide unambiguous guidance soon regarding what constitutes an...more

New TCPA Express Written Consent Requirement Takes Effect

On October 16, new rules took effect that require businesses to obtain express written consent before making certain telemarketing calls to customers. The rules arise from a February 2012 Report and Order issued pursuant to...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

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