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TCPA Debt Exemption Ruled Unconstitutional

In April, the Fourth Circuit struck down the TCPA Debt Exemption that permitted automated calls to cellphones when the calls were for the collection of government-backed debt such as a student loan. The ruling called the exemption "unconstitutional" and nearly resulted in the invalidation of the entire TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act).

2019 May Restricted Call Dates

Update:

Louisiana has declared National Memorial Day as a state holiday required by its Do Not Call statute.  See the official declaration here.

State Restrictions

May 4, 2019 - Rhode Island Independence Day

  • Rhode Island

May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Utah

Canadian Restrictions

May 20, 2019 - Victoria Day

  • National, except New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Beware of false litigation scrub services

A rash of new litigation scrub websites have recently popped up who are making outlandish claims such as “100% free litigator scrub.” Beware these false litigation scrub services. Do not expose your company’s valuable data to an unknown website.

FCC's Reassigned Number Database Becomes Final Rule

The FCC's long awaited reassigned number database has officially become a final rule. In December of last year, the FCC announced its intention to create this database, which will, "contain the most recent permanent disconnection date for toll free numbers and for each number allocated to or ported to each provider that receives North American Numbering Plan U.S.

2019 April Restricted Call Dates

State Restrictions

April 19, 2019 - Good Friday

  • Louisiana

April 22, 2019 - Confederate Memorial Day

  • Alabama

April 29, 2019 - Confederate Memorial Day

  • Mississippi

Canadian Restrictions

April 19, 2019 Good Friday

  • National

April 22, 2019 - Easter Monday

  • Quebec only

Washington State Senate Passes Privacy Regulation Mirroring GDPR

By a vote of 46-1, the Washington State Senate has passed a new, strict data protection bill. The bill will now move to the Washington House of Representatives for their consideration. The text of this bill is very similar to the European Union’s GDPR that took effect last year.

2019 March Restricted Call Dates

State Restrictions

March 5, 2019 – Mardi Gras

  • Alabama (Baldwin & Mobile Counties only), Louisiana

Canadian Restrictions

No statutory holidays in March for Canada.