ACA’s Leah Dempsey to Speak in Panel Discussion on FCC, FTC and Congressional Developments

Federal Communications Bar Association event focuses on updates related to robocalls and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after the D.C. Circuit Court decision in ACA Int’l v. FCC.

4/22/2019 1:00 PM

ACA’s Leah Dempsey to Speak in Panel Discussion on FCC, FTC and Congressional Developments

Leah Dempsey, ACA International’s vice president and senior counsel of federal advocacy, will join a panel of regulators for a discussion of “Recent Developments at the FCC, FTC, and Congress” on April 24.

The panel discussion is part of a Federal Communications Bar Association Consumer Protection and Privacy and Data Security Committees event,
The TCPA and Robocalls: Recent Developments and the Road Ahead,” at the Hogan Lovells US LLP offices in Washington, D.C.

The first panel discussion including Dempsey will focus on recent FCC, FTC, and congressional activities related to robocalls and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including an overview of the FCC’s efforts to address TCPA issues in the wake of the D.C. Circuit’s decision in ACA International v. FCC, recent FTC robocalls enforcement efforts, and the 9th Circuit’s decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego. In addition, the panelists will discuss the FCC’s proceedings addressing telephone number spoofing, call blocking, and new reassigned number database and pending legislative efforts to address robocalls.

Additional speakers include:

  • Mark Stone, deputy bureau chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission;
  • Ian L. Barlow, do not call program coordinator, Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Marketing Practices; and
  • Deirdre Menard, CEO, Lucidtech LLC.

A second panel during the event will discuss recent court decisions addressing TCPA and robocall issues. Among other topics, the panelists will review recent opinions that discuss what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) under the TCPA, First Amendment issues raised by the TCPA, the interpretation of “called party,” the regulatory classification of text messages and the scope of “unsolicited advertisements” under the TCPA. Additionally, the panelists will provide an overview of recent trends in class-action TCPA litigation and how government intervention could potentially affect such trends.

If you are interested in discussing topics such as these with regulators and members of Congress, registration remains open to join ACA leaders and advocacy staff May 14-16 in Washington, D.C., for the annual Washington Insights Fly-In.

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