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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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second Circuit: TCPA Class Actions Permitted in New York Federal Courts

A recent shift in 2nd Circuit law may lead to a rise in class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). See Bank v. Independence Energy Grp. LLC, 736 F.3d 660 (2d Cir. 2013). After a 2012 Supreme Court case...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

FCC Adopts Stricter Rule for Mobile Message Marketing

The U.S. federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, regulates telemarketing activities, including the use of autodialing systems to initiate unsolicited telemarketing voice...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

Call Me, Maybe? A Nationwide Survey of Insurance Coverage for TCPA Class Actions

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restricts telephone solicitations and limits the use of automatic dialing systems, prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and faxes. TCPA plaintiffs typically claim that...more

Are You Ready For The New TCPA Regulations Regarding Text/SMS Marketing That Go Into Effect On October 16, 2013?

On October 16, 2013, new rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission on June 11, 2012 implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 go into effect regarding the requirements for prior written...more

FTC Settles First Case Challenging Debt Collector’s Use of Text Messages

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled a case representing its first action challenging a debt collector’s use of text messages. In its complaint, the FTC alleged that the defendant debt...more

Are You Ready for the New Telephone and Text Marketing Rules?

Effective October 16, 2013, the rules governing telephone and text marketing will significantly change. Under prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations issued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Out of the Box - Legal guidance for the consumer product + retail industry: Volume 1, Issue 2, September 2013

In This Issue: From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study; FCC’s New TCPA Rule; and Consumer Rights Set to Change in Europe. Excerpt from From Flying Robots to Logistics Bliss: A Case Study - The...more

New TCPA Requirements for "Prior Express Written Consent" Effective October 16

Companies that use telemarketing campaigns must be ready for changes to “prior express consent” requirements that go into effect on October 16, 2013. The new rules were issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...more

Defendant to Prove Consent Unless Plaintiff Pleads Himself Out of Court by Admitting Consent

After receiving a text on his cell phone offering him a free cruise, an Illinois man was disappointed to discover that the offered cruise was not really free. He sued the cruise company in federal court, alleging violations...more

Class Action “Buy-Off” Settlement Offer Ends Florida Federal Case Because Plaintiff Had Not Yet Filed for Class Certification

Plaintiff received multiple unwanted texts generated by the automatic telephone dialing system of Defendants. Plaintiff filed a class action complaint alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”),...more

Judge Scola Strikes Again: Rejects Traditional Standard for Express Consent Under TCPA

A little over a month after deciding Mais v. Golf Coast Collections Bureau, Inc., Judge Robert Scola has again ruled that the FCC’s 20 year old order regarding express consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has...more

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