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 would only be permitted to be made to the debtors themselves, not to family, friends or others, including employers; The rule would […]

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Political Organizations File Suit Over Constitutionality of TCPA

American Association of Political Consultants, Inc. et al. v. Lynch, Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00252 (E.D.N.C., May 12, 2016). On May 12, 2016, five politically based organizations filed a suit against Loretta Lynch, in her official capacity as Attorney General of the United States seeking a declaratory judgment that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (“TCPA”) restrictions […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Spokeo, Requiring “Concrete and Particularized Harm” For Standing

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339 (May 16, 2016) In a 6-2 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the United States Supreme Court spoke on the issue of standing when statutory violations are alleged, and its opinion could have profound effects on TCPA litigation. Holding that Article III standing requires a concrete injury even in […]

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Florida District Court Holds Calling System Sufficiently Configured to Avoid TCPA Liability

As lawsuits asserting claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (the “TCPA”), continue to rise in the wake of the consumer-friendly Declaratory Ruling and Order issued by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) last July, see In re Rules & Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, 30 FCC Rcd. […]

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New York District Court Denies Attempt To Defeat TCPA Class Certification By Depositing Funds Into Court, Citing Campbell Ewald

Brady v. Basic Research, L.L.C., 2:13-cv-7169 (SFJ) (ARL) (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2016) The day after Campbell Ewald Co. v. Gomez was decided by the United States Supreme Court, Defendants moved for permission to deposit funds with the Clerk of Court “consistent with the Rule 68 offer of judgment that [they] previously made to Plaintiffs.” The […]

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Denial of TCPA Class Due To “Significant Uncommon Questions” And Ascertainability Issues

Gannon v. Network Telephone Services, Inc., No. 13-56813 (9th Cir. Jan. 12, 2016) In a 3 paragraph unpublished opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of individuals who allegedly received “unauthorized” text messages stating: The central issue in the case […]

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Middle District of Florida Holds Arbitrability of TCPA Claims Question for Arbitrator

Harrington v. Regions Bank, No. 2:15-cv-522-Ftm-29MRM (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016) Before the Court was Defendant’s Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings. Plaintiffs opposed the Motion, contending that their TCPA claims were not subject to arbitration provisions found in various loan documents executed in connection with the subject debt and other account relationships with […]

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New York District Court Holds TCPA Claim Within Scope of Arbitration Provision

Laverne v. Carr, 15-cv-693 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 23, 2015) Plaintiff brought suit against a credit card company, alleging the company violated the TCPA by autodialing her cell phone without consent. The calls at issue were made in conjunction with a “big box” electronic store card, which the company purchased from another entity. The company moved […]

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Supreme Court Holds Offer of Settlement/Judgment Does Not Moot Claims Under Certain Circumstances

Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, 2016 WL 228345 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2016) In a much anticipated decision, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that unaccepted offers of full judgment and settlement do not moot claims. By way of background, Plaintiff filed a TCPA class action. Defendant made an a settlement offer […]

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Nevada District Court Holds Defendant Not Vicariously Liable For Alleged TCPA Violation

Jones v. All American Auto Protection, Inc., 3:14-cv-00199-LRH-WGC (D. Nev. Nov. 24, 2015) Plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit against Defendant, a provider and administrator of vehicle service contracts, seeking to hold it vicariously liable for text messages allegedly sent by a direct marketing vendor in purported violation of the TCPA. In passing on this […]

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