On Thursday May 23rd, 2019, the Senate approved the TRACED Act which will dramatically increase fines for illegal robocalls. The bill passed with an overwhelming 97-1 vote. Only a single vote from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was against the legislation. The TRACED Act’s next stop is the House of Representatives.
The TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act)was sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-SD), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). Its purpose is to combat robocalls with stronger deterrents.
A Wisconsin court issued a ruling this month that could result in more TCPA lawsuits against automated calling and texting platform providers. In the court’s ruling on Cunningham v.
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).
A Florida court granted the motion to certify the Technology Training Associates (TTA) lawsuit as a class action and approved the $19.5 million settlement amount.
After four years of litigation, the TCPA class action lawsuit Aranda v. Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. was settled in February of this year for what is the largest settlement in TCPA history . . . $76 million. Naturally, the attorneys concluded that they deserved an equally historic financial reward.
The FTC has banned Justin Ramsey and his company, Prime Marketing LLC, from any kind of telemarketing that involves robocalling or dialing numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Mr. Ramsey is accused of using two companies to make millions of illegal robocalls to consumers on the National DNC Registry without their consent.