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How 'Common Carrier' Defense Applies to TCPA Class Actions

The Federal Communications Commission, the agency which Congress gave authority to implement regulations and enforce the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, expressly exempts common carriers who transmit prohibited fax...more

February 2015: Entertainment Litigation Update

United States v. Dish Network LLC: The Increasing Risks of Liability for Authorized Dealers. An Illinois district court issued an important ruling under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other telecommunications laws...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #3

FCC Chair Announces New Net Neutrality Regs - The battle over net neutrality took a new turn when Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his intention to reclassify broadband service as a...more

Advertisements Invite Calls: FCC Seeks Comments on Request to Find Automated Calls Consensual When Recipient Advertised Number

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seeks comment on a petition asking that the FCC clarify the scope of “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Specifically, Citizens Bank asks the...more

Dish Network Potentially on the Hook for Billions in Penalties for Violating Federal and State Telemarketing Regulations

Recently, in the long-running legal showdown pitting the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) and four state attorneys general against the satellite television provider Dish Network, LLC (“Dish”), U.S. District Court Judge...more

TCPA Connect - January 2015

Dish Could Face Billions in TCPA Liability - Dish Network is liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act not only for telemarketing calls made by the company, but for those a call center and other third parties...more

State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

The FCC’s declaratory ruling re TCPA vicarious liability – one year later, trends and takeaways

A year ago, we reported on the FCC’s Declaratory Ruling that addressed the issue of whether parties who did not actually place telemarketing robocalls could be either directly or vicariously liable for calls made on their...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Petition Concerning Prior Express Consent

On August 1, 2014, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by Santander Consumer USA, Inc. (“Santander”), which requests an expedited declaratory ruling from the FCC to clarify the meaning of “prior...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

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 Not Violated When Consumer Voluntarily Provided Number to Business

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

D.C. Circuit Dish Network Decision Fails to Clear the Muddied TCPA Waters of a Seller’s Vicarious Liability

On January 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed Dish Network LLC’s petition for review of a 2013 Declaratory Ruling (“Declaratory Ruling”) by the Federal Communications...more

Retailers Ask FCC to Clarify that Text Message Responses Are OK

Should retailers be required to obtain written consent before sending a consumer a text message with information or a coupon that was specifically requested? The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) thinks not, and has...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

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

Consumer Data Privacy Update for Marketers, Part 2: New Telemarketing/Text Message Marketing Rules Effective October 16, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Report and Order 12-21 (Order 12-21), issued in February 2012, describes revised telemarketing rules that became effective during the past 12 months....more

Telemarketing? Try Tweeting

The FCC’s revised rules for telemarketers and text marketers, taking effect in October, could signal a big shift in how companies direct market, posits Julie O’Neill, a Morrison & Foerster attorney specializing in privacy...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

Florida District Court Holds Whether Subscriber Or Person Who Answers Call Possesses TCPA Claim Depends On Circumstances

Cellco Partners v. Plaza Resorts, Inc., No. 12-81238-CIV, 2013 WL 5436553 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 27, 2013) - Plaintiff Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless filed a TCPA claim alleging millions of calls were placed 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

New FCC Rules to Protect Telephone Consumers from Autodial/Robocalls

On October 16, 2013, new Federal Communication Commission rules took effect to further protect consumers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). See 47 U.S.C. § 227; 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200. The changes...more

Telemarketing: HIPAA Can Reverse the Charges Under the TCPA

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) generally limits automatically dialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls to wireless and residential phones. In the past, healthcare providers and other "advertisers" could rely...more

Advertising Law -- Oct 18, 2013

Introducing TCPA Connect - On October 16, the FCC's updated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations finally took effect. The new rules pose significant challenges for companies seeking to communicate with...more

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