Last month, Troutman Sanders reported on the proposed TRACED Act which would instruct the Federal Communications Commission to engage in rulemaking to protect consumers from receiving unwanted calls and text messages from unauthenticated phone numbers.  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai tweeted his approval for the bill, but the FCC is not waiting on Congress to fight

We are pleased to announce that Troutman Sanders attorney Mary Zinsner will be presenting during the State Bar of Georgia’s Corporate Counsel Institute at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Mary will be on a panel named: “Fraud, Embezzlement and Business Email Compromise:  What Every Corporate Counsel Needs to Know,” on December 14 at

On November 1, the Northern District of California announced new Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements, aimed at increasing transparency in class settlements and the disbursement of class settlement funds. The Guidance is consistent with, but broader than, the latest amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, effective December 1,

On November 14, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, arguing a law firm’s nonjudicial foreclosure actions to enforce a security interest on a mortgage debt fell outside the purview of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because the activity did not constitute “debt collection.”

Does a debt collector risk violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act if it fails to provide an oral disclosure regarding the statute of limitations during an incoming call with a consumer?  In a comprehensive opinion, a district court just issued a resounding “no.” 

In Douglas v. NCC Business Services, Inc., consumer

On November 20, the Middle District of Florida largely allowed a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against the Tampa Bay Rays to continue, granting in part and denying in part the baseball team’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Chad Fernandez’s complaint. 

Fernandez’s TCPA class claims are premised on text messages allegedly sent to

Early this month, in Smith v. Rite Aid Corporation, 2018 WL 5828693 (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 7, 2018), the district court declined to rule that pharmacy prescription reminder calls come within the statutory emergency purposes exception to Telephone Consumer Protection Act restrictions, causing some uncertainty as to whether health care notifications may be sent via text

The next generation of federal student loan servicing is scheduled to debut in 2019. The Department of Education’s new platform, called Next Generation Financial Services Environment (or “NextGen”), aims to integrate the entire student-loan process—from submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) through payment, processing, and service—into a single website. But NextGen

On November 20, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed the implementation of a reassigned numbers database and a declaration that wireless providers are authorized to take measures to stop unwanted text messaging through use of autodialed text messaging (“robotext”)-blocking, anti-spoofing measures, and other anti-spam features. 

Calls to reassigned numbers can be