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Telephone Consumer Protection Act Texting

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

TCPA Connect - August 2016

FCC Issues Report and Order on Budget Act Exemptions - On August 11, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Report and Order implementing Section 301 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which amended the...more

TCPA Connect - January 2016

Manatt Defeats Motion for Class Certification in TCPA Complaint Against Network Telephone Services - A team of Manatt litigators secured a major victory for Network Telephone Services, Inc., on Jan. 12, 2016, in the U.S....more

FCC’s New TCPA Order May Require Companies to Obtain Updated Consents for Marketing Calls and Texts

by BakerHostetler on

Last week we published an overview of key issues raised by the Federal Communications Commission’s July 10, 2015, Declaratory Ruling and Order regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “July 2015 Order”). The July...more

TCPA Connect - July 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Issues Long Awaited TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) addressing 21 petitions...more

FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

TCPA News: Businesses May be Liable to New Owners of Previously-Opted-In Mobile Numbers

by Polsinelli on

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission issued a 138-page Declaratory Ruling and Order approving nearly two dozen proposals to the rules and regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act...more

A First Look at the FCC’s 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released the text of its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Ruling”), which the Commission adopted...more

FCC Finally Acts to Clarify Ambiguities in the TCPA

by Reed Smith on

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) once again demonstrated to businesses the wisdom of that old adage, “be careful what you ask for.” The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) protects consumers from...more

Employment Law - June 2015

Actual Knowledge by Employer Not Necessary for Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim, U.S. Supreme Court Rules - Why it matters: In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a teenage applicant to...more

Impending Declaratory Ruling on Pending FCC TCPA Petitions Portends Stricter Enforcement

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which generally prohibits certain calls to cell phones made with an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS), has created considerable compliance challenges for businesses, and...more

FCC Chairman Proposes New TCPA Rules

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The FCC is ready to rule on long-standing petitions seeking clarifications of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and related FCC regulations. On May 27, 2015, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a proposed regulatory...more

TCPA Connect - May 2015

Court Orders $22M Payment in TCPA Fax Suit - A federal court judge in New Jersey recently held that a defendant could be directly liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for fax ads that it did not send. As a...more

New Jersey bill to prohibit unsolicited text message advertisements pending Governor signature

A New Jersey bill which prohibits unwanted text message advertisements has been sent to the Governor for final consideration. A. 617, which passed unanimously in the Assembly June 26 and in the Senate Sept. 22, if signed into...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Consultants and Other Middlemen May Be Vicariously Liable Under the TCPA

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Company holding that the defendant marketing consultant could be liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for...more

For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry

Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated...more

UPDATE on Breslow v. Wells Fargo – Same as the Old Boss: Eleventh Circuit Withdraws Opinion Just Four Days Later, But to Little...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Just a few days ago, we reported on the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Breslow v. Wells Fargo, which reaffirmed precedent that strict liability can arise in autodialer, prerecorded-message and texting suits under the...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

And You Thought Your Teenager’s Cell Phone Bill Was High…NFL Team’s Texts Cost $3 Million

by Cozen O'Connor on

Fans everywhere like to complain about their team’s picks in the NFL draft. Maybe their team drafted a quarterback instead of a cornerback, or maybe it fell for that highly overrated prospect. Most such complaints stay safely...more

Accident, Technical Failure, or Human Error? FCC's $7.5 Million Settlement with Sprint Indicates Any and All Can Lead to...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it settled a recent investigation of Sprint Corporation for failures to properly implement do-not-call requests and text-message opt-outs received from consumers. The...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

Three Important TCPA Developments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

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

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

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

Voluntarily Providing Cell Phone Number Gives Text Message Consent under TCPA, California and Florida Federal Courts Rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number in the course of a transaction has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive text messages from the entity to which the...more

TCPA Not Violated When Consumer Voluntarily Provided Number to Business

by Ifrah PLLC on

A federal court in California recently ruled that a plaintiff who was required to enter her phone number to purchase a plane ticket online had consented to receive a text message, and dismissed her claim under the Telephone...more

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