On July 26, 2016, the D.C. Circuit rejected a consumer class action complaint based on alleged violations of two D.C. consumer protection statutes. Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the D.C. Circuit found that the lead plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege any harm suffered from the alleged violations.
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The FCC’s 2016 BBA Implementing Ruling Digested (Volume 2): The TCPA Does Not Apply to the Federal Government, Except that it Does
The 2016 FCC BBA Order is baffling throughout, but the most mystifying element of the ruling is its sleight of hand with respect to the TCPA’s application to calls made by the Federal government. To be crystal clear—the federal government is not a “person” subject to the TCPA. To be even more crystal clear—yes it is. (If you can follow that logic, you just might have a future in government.)
The FCC’s 2016 BBA Implementing Ruling Digested (Volume I): The 10 Things You NEED to Know Before Making Calls to Collect on Government-Backed Debt
On August 11, 2016 the FCC issued its long-awaited ruling implementing the 2016 Bi-Partison Balanced Budget Act (“BBA”) Amendment that carved out collection calls on government-backed debt from TCPA coverage. In re Rules & Regulations Implementing Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (August 11, 2016) FCC 16–99 (“2016 FCC BBA Order”)
Missed Calls Don’t Cut It: Injury in Fact is Required for Each Call and Must Be Traceable to the Use of an ATDS
In the latest dismissal of a TCPA case for lack of Article III standing, a District Court in California held that a plaintiff does not suffer an injury in fact from calls she did not hear, calls she heard but did not answer, and calls she answered but did not result in an injury traceable to the use of an ATDS.
No More Playing Hookie: FCC Finds That The TCPA’s Emergency Purposes Exemption is Broad Enough to Allow Schools to Report Truancy to Parents (and Other Important Rulings)
Huck Finns of America beware. There will be a lot less time spent at the ole’ fishing hole during schools hours starting next year thanks to a declaratory ruling from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued on August 4, 2016. Effective immediately schools and teachers may leverage automated technologies to send text alerts and pre-recorded messages to parents to swiftly inform them of their child’s unexcused absences.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed a magistrate judge’s decision in the District Court for the Eastern District of New York to dismiss a complaint brought under TILA and HOEPA. The complaint sought rescission of two loans secured by a lien on a co-operative apartment on the grounds that certain required disclosures were not made by the lender. Adopting the Federal Reserve’s definition of “mortgage broker” the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the appellant borrower failed to establish that the subject loans were procured by a mortgage broker.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) revealed yesterday its proposal to overhaul debt collection industry practices through tighter regulations, including limits on the frequency of consumer contact and ensuring companies are collecting the correct amounts owed and from the right persons.
In September 2015, the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the City of Miami had sufficient standing to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo over lending practices that were alleged to be racially discriminatory. On June 28, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case. The Supreme Court’s decision on this case could have a significant impact on who is entitled to bring fair lending claims against mortgage lenders and what standards of standing such claimants must meet.
On June 30, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released the twelfth edition of its Supervisory Highlights report, which focused on supervision work completed between January and April 2016.
On the fifth birthday of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”), Dorsey attorneys discuss the CFPB’s investigatory powers and explain – through an analysis of three important cases – how the events of early 2016 reveal a changing tide. Click here to read the article published in Corporate Counsel.
I was contemplating a monthly column given the confusion surrounding the FCC’s recent rulings. I guess I better make it weekly.
Do as We Say, Not as We Do: Government Agency (Deliciously) Exempts Itself—and the Rest of the Government—From the TCPA
While you were off barbecuing and lighting fireworks this weekend the FCC’s staff was feverishly working to give Uncle Sam a birthday present—free reign to robocall your cell phone! That’s right, effective immediately the TCPA no longer applies to the federal government or any of its agencies or contractors.
Dorsey TCPA Team Earns the Country’s First Post-Spokeo Dismissal of a TCPA Case for Lack of Article III Standing
Dorsey’s TCPA litigation team continues to thrive on the cutting edge. In a first of its kind ruling, a Pennsylvania District Court ruled today that plaintiffs who manufacture Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuits are no longer welcome in Federal Court.