This is the biggest TCPA news since the Omnibus—a silver bullet to defeat most revocation cases was hiding in plain sight the entire time: a party cannot unilaterally modify the terms of a written contract to suit itself and so cannot revoke consent when the contract gives a business the right to call the number.
Author: Eric Troutman
$283MM in Telemarketing Penalties: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the Big Dish Ruling This Week
On the heels of a crushing $60MM civil judgment in North Carolina two weeks ago, Dish was hit with a staggering $283MM in penalties in an epic ruling by Judge Sue E. Myserscough of the Central District of Illinois this week. The opinion offers a rare inside look at the thought process of Dish’s executives and compliance counsel—including the machinations of its executive working groups—as they struggle to comply with the FTC and FCC’s evolving telemarketing regulations.
Last Wednesday, a federal district court in Arizona held that a TCPA plaintiff was compelled to arbitrate his dispute against the holder of his wife’s lease solely because his wife had agreed to an arbitration agreement in connection with the lease.
Browsewrap Disclosure Held Insufficient to Constitute “Prior Express Written Consent” Even for a Healthcare-Related Call
Folks involved with selling health insurance, or anything else for that matter, relying upon browsewrap website terms might want to give Sullivan v. All Web Leads, Inc. a careful read. Although the ruling took place at the pleadings stage, the Court’s approach to a complaint alleging calls made to individuals requesting health care quotes after submitting personal information on a website is important for industry participants to consider.
Judge Bumb Answers Key Question That No One Asked: TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Recover on Unanswered Calls
In Watkins v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., the Court denied defendant’s summary judgment motion, but stated its belief that a plaintiff can only recover for calls that are actually answered following the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.
For anyone who still thinks that TCPA defense is a simple or straightforward affair, the decision of Harrington v. RoundPoint Mortgage Servicing Corp., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55023 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 11, 2017) is a worthy read.
BREAKING: FCC Seeks Comment on Petition Asking it to Overturn Presumed Prior Express Consent Rule for Informational Calls
The Commission announced today that it is soliciting comments on a petition for rulemaking and declaratory ruling filed by Craig Moskowitz and Craig Cunningham.
Ninth Circuit Further De-Fangs Spokeo in a TCPA Case; Gives Practical Revocation Guidance for the First Time
Yesterday the Ninth Circuit issued a big new decision addressing three of my favorite topics: Spokeo, express consent, and revocation. The decision provides quite a bit to chew on.
Facebook’s Birthday Text Lawsuit Survives Pleadings Stage; TCPA Survives Strict Scrutiny for the First Time
In Colin Brickman, v. Facebook, the Court denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss, determining that the Plaintiff had plausibly alleged the use of an ATDS in connection with birthday text alerts that were sent to his phone.
As expected, Trump has tapped Commissioner Ajit Pai to Chair the new-look FCC. This is great news for proponents of TCPA reform but, as with all things Commission related, we may not see any tangible results from his ascension for some time.
Democratic Chairman Wheeler announced yesterday that he will follow longstanding agency tradition and step down as Chairman of the FCC in light of the election of Republican Donald Trump as our next POTUS.
Can Trump Make the TCPA Great Again? A Highly-Speculative Look at the Future of the TCPA under a Trump Presidency
It remains to be seen whether Congress will work with President Trump to effect legislative change on key issues like TCPA reform. But, no matter what, I like our chances of seeing some real revisions to the TCPA under Trump’s presidency.
TCPA filings are up over 40% year to date. Indeed, the TCPA is now officially obeying Moore’s Law and doubling every two years. This year we’re on track to scrape 5,000 filings. If the trend continues we’ll be at 7,400 filings next year and flirting with 10k by the end of 2018.