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Robocalls

FCC Partners With States for Robocall Enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been adopting a new strategy for enforcing robocall regulations that involves signing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with state attorneys general. In recent weeks, the FCC has announced MOUs with multiple states, usually in batches.

FCC Chair Asks Congress for New Robocall Legislation

The four current members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took questions from the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on March 31. As part of those discussions, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel suggested that the FCC would benefit from legislation to give the commission additional robocall enforcement powers.

Serial Plaintiff Scores Multiple TCPA Penalties Per Call

Andrew Perrong is an infamous Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) plaintiff and his latest court victory illustrates one of the less understood dangers of the TCPA: the fact that each call may violate multiple TCPA provisions and thus be assessed multiple penalties on each call.

Pepsi Sued for Alleged Robocall Violations

On February 18, PepsiCo and one of its distributors were on the receiving end of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action complaint stemming from alleged robocall violations. The plaintiff in Epps v. PepsiCo Inc. and Quail Mountain Coffee & Vending alleges that he received “numerous telemarketing calls” to his cell phone with prerecorded voice messages from Pepsi asking if he would like to restock his supply of Pepsi products.

District Court Rejects Argument That Text Messages Are Prerecorded Voice

A district court in California rejected a plaintiff’s argument in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit that tried to establish a new avenue for text message claims. The court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss, noting that the plaintiff’s claims that text messages constitute “prerecorded voice” messages flatly contradicts both the common sense and dictionary definitions of “voice.”

30 Years of the TCPA

Today is the 30 year anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) into law. It is fitting that this anniversary is somewhat overlooked as, for the first two decades of its existence, the TCPA served its intended, modest purpose as a statute allowing individual consumers to bring lawsuits in small claims court.