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FCC Fines Telemarketer $10 Million for Caller ID Spoofing

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) levied an enormous fine against a San Diego-based telemarketer for violations of the Truth in Caller ID Act. The $10 million fine arises from a robocall campaign related to a 2018 election for a seat in the California Assembly.

President Trump’s Campaign Faces Another TCPA Complaint

While the election is less than a week away, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) risks for political campaigns remain in full force. A resident of New York state filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s re-election campaign alleging violations of the TCPA’s prohibitions against the use of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS).

Political Survey Triggers TCPA Class Action

In our previous coverage of the intersections between politics and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), we have largely focused on lawsuits faced by campaigns for elected office, such as those conducted by President Trump and Michael Bloomberg. But a recent TCPA class action—Drew v. Am. Directions Research, Grp., Case No. 20-cv-00402, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191780 (N.D. Ill. October 16, 2020)—demonstrates how the risk of TCPA liability extends to other sorts of political communications, namely voter surveys.

TCPA Risks for Political Campaigns

As we reach the middle of the summer, we are approaching the homestretch of an election year. This means, among other things, that we are near a high water mark for political messaging by means of telephone solicitation. Some callers may be under the mistaken impression that political calls are exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This is not true.

Judge in Trump Campaign TCPA Lawsuit Adopts Marks Definition of ATDS

In the latest decision in the ongoing Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against President Trump’s re-election campaign, the Eighth District Court of Appeals adopted the expansive definition of what constitutes an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) previously set forth in the Ninth Circuit’s infamous, landmark decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC.

TCPA Class Action Brought Against President Trump’s Campaign

While some people may be under the mistaken impression that a non-profit entity such as a political campaign is immune from the regulations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), a newly filed class action against the literal President of the United States of America demonstrates that this isn’t true.