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Smartphone App Includes Automatic Robocall Lawsuit Feature

As robocalls have become an increasingly prominent issue, software developers have produced a bevy of anti-robocall apps. Most of these are variations on a call-blocking theme but one new app takes things much further. DoNotPay’s “robot lawyer” app has a new feature, called Robo Revenge, that essentially baits robocallers into Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits.

Judge Orders Defendant in TCPA Case to Be Arrested

While Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) violations can be very expensive, it’s rare for them to result in an arrest. A telemarketer in Texas has managed to conduct himself so egregiously in his TCPA lawsuit that he may end up spending some time behind bars, or at least in handcuffs.

2020 February Restricted Do Not Call Dates

State Restricted Do Not Call Dates

February 17, 2020 – Washington's Birthday

  • Alabama*, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah**
  • *Also known as George Washington's and Thomas Jefferson's Birthday
  • **Also known as Washington and Lincoln Day

February 25, 2020 - Mardi Gras

  • Alabama, Louisiana*
  • *Must be proclaimed by Governor.

TRACED Act Signed Into Law

President Donald Trump signed the TRACED Act into law on December 30, 2019. The bill had passed both houses of Congress with near-unanimous, bipartisan support.

2020 January Restricted Do Not Call Dates

State Restricted Do Not Call Dates

January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day

  • Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah

January 8, 2020 – Battle or New Orleans

  • Louisiana (Statutory, not enforced)

January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • Alabama*, Louisiana*, Mississippi*, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah
    *Also Robert E. Lee Day

Canadian Restricted Do Not Call Dates

January 1, 2020 – New Year’s Day

  • National