Telephone Consumer Protection Act

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1991 to protect consumers from unsolicited telephone marketing calls.  
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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

FCC TCPA Ruling Provides Guidance on Mobile App Messaging

On March 27, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling interpreting the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as it relates to prerecorded and autodialed calls to cellular...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

TCPA Litigation Explosion Leads to Rule Clarifications

Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing, fax marketing, and prerecorded/auto-dialed phone calls. Recently, there has been an explosion in TCPA...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Lodestar Method to Determine Attorneys’ Fees in TCPA Class Action Settlement

In Americana Art China Company, Inc. v. Foxfire Printing & Packaging, Inc., 743 F.3d 243 (7th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award in a...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

GroupMe Gets an FCC Green Light on Sending Administrative Texts to Confirm Interest in Joining Social Network Groups

Previous TCPA Blog posts have noted that the FCC has a growing backlog of petitions for rulemaking, expedited declaratory ruling, or petitions for clarification on numerous issues posed by the TCPA. On a recent Friday, the...more

FCC Clarifies TCPA Mandates

The FCC last week issued two declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). While the rulings in each are limited to the specific requests set forth in the petitions, they include broad...more

N.D. Ohio Finds Putative Fax Blast Class Action Fails to Meet Commonality Requirement

A district court in the Northern District of Ohio recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a TCPA blast fax case, finding that the proposed class failed to meet the commonality requirement under Federal...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

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

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari of Eighth Circuit Decision Holding that Defendant Cannot Collaterally Attack FCC TCPA...

As previously reported, the federal courts have been confronting many issues involving The Administrative Orders Review Act (“Hobbs Act”), 28 U.S.C. § 2342, in TCPA litigation, particularly in cases where defendants have...more

Court Stays TCPA Class Action until FCC Rules on Definition of “Called Party”

The Eastern District of California recently granted a motion to stay proceedings under the primary jurisdiction doctrine in Matlock v. United Healthcare Servs., Inc., No. 13-2206, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37612 (E.D. Cal. Mar....more

District Court Strikes Overly Broad TCPA Class Definition: the Claim of a “Wrong Party” Called is Atypical of the Claims of...

In Buonomo v. Optimum Outcomes, Inc., No. 13-cv-5274 (N.D. Ill. March 17, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted a partial motion to strike class action allegations alleging...more

TCPA Connect - March 2014

FCC Seeks Comment on TCPA Liability When Phone Numbers Switch Hands - What happens when a company with prior express consent to call a consumer’s mobile phone contacts that number only to find that it now belongs to...more

Providing Cell Phone Number To Register Membership Gives TCPA Consent for Text Message

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number when registering online for membership has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive a text message containing...more

Supreme Court Of Missouri Holds CGL Policy Covers Statutory Damages Claim For Violations of Telephone Consumer Protection Act...

In Columbia Casualty, the Supreme Court of Missouri held that statutory damages for violations of the TCPA were firmly within the “property damage” and “advertising injury” coverage provided by a CGL policy. The Court...more

Legal Alert: My Brother’s TCPA Keeper? Recent Cases Highlight Third-Party Risk Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Early 2014 has produced a series of court decisions highlighting third-party liability issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In February, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about liability for...more

TCPA Petitions Keep Pouring Into the FCC

As previously covered in other TCPA blog posts, the FCC maintains a range of TCPA rules addressing certain key elements of telemarketing and even non-telemarketing call activities that can implicate routine interactions...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

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