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Trump’s New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai May Drain the TCPA Swamp

In one of his first official actions, newly elected President Donald Trump tapped Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), replacing outgoing chairman Tom Wheeler. Pai is a sharp critic of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) as it is currently being applied, meaning the FCC’s regulatory approach to the … Continue Reading

Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot TCPA Plaintiff’s (or Putative Class’s) Claim, Supreme Court Says

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez ruled last week that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure does not divest the trial court of subject matter jurisdiction. Campbell-Ewald had made putative class representative Gomez a Rule 68 offer of judgment in the amount … Continue Reading

More Challenges to the FCC’S TCPA Declaratory Rulings and E-Faxes Covered Under the TCPA

The FCC’s pro-consumer July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order creates new and increased TCPA compliance and litigation challenges for businesses. ACA International previously filed a lawsuit seeking judicial review of the ruling and, on August 14, 2015, CodeBroker, LLC filed a similar lawsuit.  Both lawsuits are pending in the United States Court of Appeals for … Continue Reading

FCC Approves New Pro-Consumer TCPA Rules That Will Likely Create Increased Compliance and Litigation Headaches for Businesses

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently adopted a proposal aimed at clarifying certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The proposal addresses twenty-one (21) petitions related to the TCPA, touching on issues from robocall-blocking services to treating text messages as calls.  While the actual package of declaratory rulings has not yet been released, … Continue Reading

Senators Urge FCC “Not to Weaken” the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

A group of ten democratic senators led by Senator Edward Markey joined in a letter to the FCC urging it “not to weaken the privacy protections” contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) preventing most autodialing calls to landlines and mobile phones. The senators specifically singled out proposals currently being considered by the FCC … Continue Reading

Text Messaging Program Not an Autodialer Under the TCPA

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently held in the putative class action Glauser v. GroupMe, Inc. that GroupMe’s text messaging program was not an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Congress enacted the TCPA in 1991 in an effort to address a growing number of telephone marketing … Continue Reading
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