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Pennsylvania Set to Pass Stricter Robocall Rules Into Law

The Pennsylvania state legislature passed a new bill, HR-318, that introduces a number of new restrictions for robocalls. The most notable is that it now extends the state-level Do Not Call List protections in perpetuity. Previously, those protections only lasted for five years unless renewed.

2019 October Restricted Do Not Call Dates

State Restricted Do Not Call Dates

October 14, 2019 – Columbus Day

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Utah

Canadian Restricted Do Not Call Dates

October 14, 2019 – Thanksgiving Day

  • National

District Court Rules the Plaintiff Cannot Revoke Consent Through Strategies Such as the Use of a Fake British Accent

The plaintiff in Johnson v. Capital One Servs., No. 18-cv-62058, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159633 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 16, 2019) attempted a novel technique in order to provoke Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations from the defendant: trying to revoke consent by speaking with a fake British accent and telling the defendant's agent that they were calling a "wrong number." 

Two New District Court Rulings Apply Statutory Definition of ATDS

A year ago, the landmark Ninth Circuit decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC broadened the definition of what constitutes an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Finding the statutory definition to be vague, the court disregarded the precedent of Dominguez v.

FCC Delays Implementation of Recycled Number Database Until 2020

In December 2018, the FCC announced a plan to create a reassigned number database. Callers would be able to scrub their number lists against this database in order to remove any numbers that have been reassigned to new users, thus decreasing the possibility of incurring Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations by calling these new users.

New House Bill Changing Arbitration Rules Could Have TCPA Implications

As one of their first acts upon returning from the August recess, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) Act. This bill could have consequences for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits in the unlikely event that it becomes enacted into law.