In early January, President Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act into law, supporting bipartisan legislative efforts to curb robocalls. The Act gives the Federal Communications Commission greater enforcement authority against illegal robocallers. Specifically, under the new law, the FCC can now extend the statute of limitations by

Wire fraud cases, arising from what the Federal Bureau of Investigation calls “business email compromise,” are on the rise. In 2018, the FBI reported that business email compromise and other internet-enabled theft, fraud, and exploitation resulted in $2.7 billion of financial loss. See FBI – IC3 Annual Report Released. Surprisingly, even sophisticated parties and

Last week, in Morgan v. Adventist Health Systems/Sunbelt, Inc., et al., the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida joined a number of courts post-ACA International in holding that a telephony system must have the present capacity to randomly or sequentially generate telephone numbers in order to qualify as an

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to the constitutionality of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On Friday, January 10, 2020, the Supreme Court issued orders from the justices’ conference, which included an order for oral argument in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants – a case involving a

In December, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia refused to submit to arbitration a dispute alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act because plaintiff Keith Hobbs provided a declaration stating that he did not visit defendant Apollo Interactive, Inc.’s website. In doing so, the Court kept alive a TCPA

Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida started the New Year by granting a motion to stay a pending Telephone Consumer Protection Act case, Barnes, et al. v. CS Marketing LLC, et al.

In Barnes, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants are vicariously liable for telemarketing calls placed to them

With the ever-changing case law surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, staying up to date with what cases are relevant and where courts stand on certain, very important definitions, can be an almost impossible task. Further, in the 28 years since the TCPA was enacted, the legislation has been considered outdated by many companies.

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The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently held that a pro se plaintiff failed to plead facts sufficient to demonstrate that an agency relationship existed. This holding reinforced the need for specificity in Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims that allege vicarious liability.

In Robert D. Kline v. Elite Medical Laboratories

Constitutional challenges to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act may be coming to a head. In a series of rulings this year, courts around the country have struck down an exception to the TCPA’s prohibition against auto-dialed calls to cell phones. Several litigants have filed petitions asking the United States Supreme Court to review these decisions.

Consent and revocation of consent are the mainstay issues in Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation. On December 11, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia reminded litigants of the requirements to assert a claim under the TCPA.

In Oatman v. Augusta Collection Agency, plaintiff Junior Oatman sued collection company Augusta