TCPA Monitor

Comprehensive news and analysis of TCPA regulation and related matters

Jul 11, 2015

BREAKING: FCC Ruling Released

The Declaratory Ruling (Ruling) approved by the Federal Communications Commission on June 18, 2015 related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has been released to the public and is effective immediately. The Ruling addresses, among other topics, the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” and liability for calls made to reassigned numbers. The full text of the Ruling and the [...]

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Jun 18, 2015

FCC Approves Ruling for TCPA Today

In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a declaratory ruling (Ruling) that, while intended to protect consumers from unwanted robocalls and texts, will in actuality limit legitimate business’ ability to contact their customers and further expose them to abusive class action lawsuits.  Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who voted against the Ruling, even went so far as to [...]

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Jun 17, 2015

FCC Alert:TCPA Ruling Starts Tomorrow

Last month, Commissioner Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a fact sheet and blog post that summarized proposed declaratory rulings related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  The FCC commissioners are set to vote on the proposal during their Open Commission Meeting, which starts tomorrow, June 18th, at 10:30 AM EDT.  The meeting can be streamed live [...]

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May 28, 2015

FCC Releases Fact Sheet on Proposed TCPA Rulings

Yesterday afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a fact sheet that summarizes proposed TCPA rulings Chairman Wheeler has distributed to the other FCC commissioners.  Although the fact sheet contains few substantive details— and the full text of the proposed rulings was not released— the rulings are intended to address two dozen pending TCPA petitions.  Relevant topics to be addressed in [...]

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Apr 30, 2015

Northern District of Illinois Addresses Several ATDS Issues

It is no secret that TCPA litigation has exploded in recent years.  Much of this litigation involves the alleged use of an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) to call cell phones without proper consent.  The definition of ATDS, however, continues to be debated in courts across the country.  Yesterday, in Modica v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC, the Northern District of [...]

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Apr 03, 2015

TCPA Case Law Update

Several recent court opinions highlight ongoing concerns associated with TCPA litigation.  The following is a high level summary and analysis of some of these opinions. Booth v. Appstack, Inc. (W.D. Washington).  The Court granted Plaintiff’s motion to certify a class action TCPA lawsuit stemming from prerecorded messages sent to cell phone numbers used by small businesses.  Although the opinion primarily [...]

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Feb 06, 2015

Northern District of California Issues Two Important ATDS Opinions

Given the overwhelming migration away from landline telephones, a business’ ability to call its customers’ cell phones, for both marketing and non-marketing purposes, has never been more critical.  Doing so in compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) can, however, be tricky.  Unless a business knows for certain that a customer has provided the appropriate level of consent to [...]

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Feb 01, 2015

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Telemarketing Calls to Cell Phones

Over the past few years, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) restrictions on calls to cell phones have made headlines and been a top compliance priority for businesses that conduct outbound calling campaigns.  This is not surprising given: (1) the recent changes to the TCPA’s rules; (2) the increasing volume of class action TCPA lawsuits; and (3) statutory penalties of [...]

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