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.
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Seventh Circuit Rejects Rule 67 Mootness Argument But Keeps Campbell-Ewald Full Deposit Maneuver Alive
Rien n’est eternel. Nothing lasts forever. In TCPAland, things don’t even last a week. Just days after a Chicago district court endorsed the tactic in A Custom Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. v. Kabbage, Inc., the Seventh Circuit dealt the Rule 67 mootness maneuver—i.e. “pick off” play—a hearty blow.
“Junk Fax” Case Determined Not To Make Junk Law, Strengthens Post-Spokeo Standing and Rule 67 Mootness Arguments
In a world pushed forward by new technology, it’s a “junk fax” case that advances two case dispositive TCPA defense bar arguments: (1) a plaintiff lacks Article III standing post-Spokeo unless there is a sufficient injury-in-fact; and (2) a Rule 67 deposit moots a class action.
In his first written opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in Henson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc. that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act does not apply to debt buyers like Santander under one of the definitions for “debt collector.” This decision has potentially broad ramifications for financial institutions that purchase debts for collection as part of their business. At the same time, the decision leaves the door open to potential future disputes under the remaining definitions under the FDCPA.
$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.
On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision holding that it is not a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to file a proof of claim in bankruptcy related to a debt for which the statute of limitations has expired, resolving a previous circuit court split regarding the issue.
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.
Which is the better policy? Having banking agency heads be removed for only malfeasance and wrongdoing, or be removed for any reason? This question is the critical issue that the judge asked in yesterday’s oral argument in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that no one is talking about.
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.
Courts need to examine whether there is enough pled to infer that texts were sent from equipment that has the capacity to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator. The focus is on the capacity of the equipment used to place the text messages, and not whether they were sent “randomly.”
Dorsey’s Artin Betpera Advocates on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry with the California MBA at the State Capitol
While legislators were furiously debating an increase in the California state gas tax (already one of the highest in the nation), the California Mortgage Bankers Association descended upon their offices to advocate on behalf of the mortgage banking industry.