Tag Archives: robocalls

State attorneys general work with telecom giants to address robocalls

Robocalls: everyone receives one or two, but more likely dozens.  While some are helpful, most are annoying, and the worst can result in financial fraud.  While the FCC and Congress have been taking steps toward addressing the issue, state attorneys general (AGs) have taken the first major action to end unwanted robocalls.  On August 22, AGs … Continue Reading

FCC Robocall Strike Force Releases Its Report on Curbing Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

On October 26, the Federal Communications Commission convened a second meeting of the Robocall Strike Force, which has been working for two months to develop solutions to the problem of illegal and unwanted robocalls. The Strike Force, led by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, was established at the behest of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and is … Continue Reading

Federal Court Finds Intangible Harm Caused by Robocalls Sufficient for Post-Spokeo Standing in TCPA Claim Alleging Privacy Invasion

In an instructive opinion on how intangible harms can cause injuries sufficient to confer standing on plaintiffs—and a rare example of the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling on standing aiding plaintiffs—a West Virginia federal court ruled June 30 that computer-dialed telemarketing calls caused concrete, particularized privacy invasions such that plaintiff’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) … Continue Reading

The House and Senate passed a new budget deal potentially affecting the TCPA

Automated dialing systems are back – temporarily – like never before. The new Budget Act provision makes “robocalls” to mobile phones a nonissue when used to collect money owed to the United States government. Following this release, Sen. Ed Markey spoke out and is reportedly preparing a “Hang Up Act” aimed at repealing this robocall … Continue Reading

DING-A-LING-A-LING: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Calling!

While telemarketers, debt collectors and others wait for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer technical questions such as “EXACTLY what is an autodialer,” the FCC has just made clear that the agency, at least, knows one when it sees one! In companion orders released on Friday (3/15/13), the FCC issued citations to two robocallers … Continue Reading

The FCC May Be Preparing To Release Guidance on the Definition of an Autodialer and on Other TCPA Related Issues

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar. Over the course of the past couple weeks, the Federal Communications Commission released a flurry of Public Notices, putting out for comment seven pending Requests for Declaratory Rulings, most relating to the use of auto-dialing technologies, and all relating to application of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act … Continue Reading

FTC Announces $50,000 Prize for Technical Solution Enabling Consumers To Block Robocalls

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar. In last week’s all-day Robocall Summit at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), representatives of the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and the Indiana Attorney General, repeatedly referenced their frustration in the face of a constantly multiplying number of consumer complaints regarding unwanted robocalls and their inability, … Continue Reading
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