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Beware: Sending A Text Message Can Be Just as Binding as Signing a Document By Hand!

We have all heard stories about the dangers of social media, whether it be an inappropriate tweet, a regrettable Facebook posting or a misdirected “sexting.” The decision issued by the Massachusetts Land Court in St. John’s...more

North Carolina Cyberbullying statute struck down as unconstitutional

On February 9, 2012, Robert Bishop was arrested and charged with one count of cyberbullying under the North Carolina Cyberbullying statute, which states that it is “unlawful for any person to use a computer or computer...more

LOL! OMG. HUH? Court Finds That Text Message Can Form Binding Contract

In the world of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, it is no secret that individuals are communicating regularly on their smartphones about their business affairs. Recently, a court addressed the question about whether a text...more

Ninth Circuit Remands Dispute Over Arbitration, Finding That Third Party May Be Able To Assert Arbitration Protections

Late last month, the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision out of the Western District of Washington finding that a third party was not able to assert an arbitration provision. The underlying claim revolved around premium text...more

TCPA Connect - June 2016

Lyft Swerves to Avoid TCPA Claim, But Suit Continues - A Washington federal court issued a mixed decision for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant Lyft recently by allowing the suit to move forward on state law...more

Stricter distracted driving laws: Will they make Chicago’s streets safer?

Back in 2014, changes made to legislation in Illinois made it illegal to drive while using any type of hand-held cell phone. Whether for texting or making phone calls, cell phones have since been banned in the hands of...more

Dorsey’s TCPA Team Earns First-of-Its-Kind Order Staying Individual TCPA Case Pending D.C. Circuit’s Ruling on Consolidated Appeal...

On June 14, 2016, Dorsey’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) litigation team secured a stay in an individual TCPA case in the Northern District of Georgia pending the D.C. Circuit’s decision in ACA Int’l, et al. v....more

FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Recommends Final Rule Pursuant to Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 With Consumer Protections

On June 10, 2016, the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee recommended promulgation of a Final Rule pursuant to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, containing the following consumer protections: Calls pursuant to the exception...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

Text Messages Add New Layer of Risk to Deal-Making in the Modern Age

Texting is becoming ubiquitous in this era of 24/7 connectivity, but a recent court decision stands as a strong reminder that those quickly composed texts can be held up as a “writing” sufficient to seal a multi-million...more

iHeartMedia Doesn’t Heart the TCPA

iHeartMedia has agreed to pay $8.5 million to resolve allegations that the company sent unsolicited text messages to radio station listeners, in violation of the TCPA. According to the complaint, the company would invite...more

Traps for the Unwary: Text Messages, Authorized Agents, and Binding Letters of Intent

A recent Land Court decision strongly suggests that sellers should proceed with caution when negotiating real estate transactions via email and text messages. In determining whether a contract was formed between two companies...more

Joint Commission Removes Text Ban: What Does This Mean for Long Term Care Providers?

Gone should be the days of faxing orders back and forth between physician’s offices and nursing homes. Even verbal telephone orders can become a thing of the past as healthcare providers implement the means to send and...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: What Does It Mean for TCPA Lawsuits?

As reported in our recent TCPA Connect, on May 16 the United States Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins. The High Court ruled that a plaintiff must show a "concrete" injury-in-fact to...more

Texts that Bind: Text Messages May Form Binding Real Property Contract

Last month, in St. John’s Holdings, LLC v. Two Electronics, LLC (No. 16 MISC 000090 (RBF)), a Massachusetts Land Court judge held that text messages exchanged between two real estate brokers may be sufficient to constitute...more

Caribou Coffee faces TCPA class action for unwanted text messages

Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. (Caribou Cofee) was hit with a class action this week in Wisconsin. which alleges that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent unsolicited text messages to...more

Uber hit with class action case for sending political texts to customers

Uber Technologies, Inc. was hit with another class action lawsuit last week for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent text messages to its customers without prior written consent....more

Joint Commission Ends Ban on the Texting of Physician Orders

In the Joint Commission Perspectives May 2016 edition, the Commission reversed its 2011 position prohibiting clinician texting of patient orders within accredited health care institutions, stating technological advancements...more

Petition Before The FCC To Recognize Text Messaging As A Telecommunications Service Under Title II Of The Communications Act Heats...

On April 26, 2016, the Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released the FCC’s list of ex parte presentations, disclosing that Twilio had conducted an ex parte meeting with FCC staff to discuss its...more

Trump campaign sued for sending spam texts in violation of TCPA

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., which is the official campaign committee for candidate Donald Trump, was named in a putative class action case on April 25, 2016, for sending unwanted text messages to individuals. The...more

Results mixed for Illinois texting while driving ban

Laws passed in 2014 to curb distracted driving, especially texting while driving, may have helped some, but fatalities and accidents in the Chicago area are still going up, studies show. A University of Illinois safety study...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

National Programming Services Defeats Putative TCPA Class Action

In Friedman v. Nat’l Programming Servs., LLC, No. CV 15-4866, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40575 (C.D. Cal. March 25, 2016), the Central District of California granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant, National Programming...more

Failure to Stop Automatic Deletion of Text Messages Does Not Merit Sanctions (Florida)

Living Color Enters., Inc. v. New Era Aquaculture, Ltd., 2016 WL 1105297 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 22, 2016) - In this case, the plaintiff motioned for sanctions against the defendant for the deletion of text messages. The...more

Everything Old is New Again: New Sources for Spoliation Sanctions

A recent case in the Middle District of Tennessee highlights the scope and limits of spoliation sanctions under amended Rule 37(e). In Benefield v. MStreet Entertainment, LLC, 2016 WL 374568 (M.D. Tenn., Feb. 1, 2016), the...more

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