Time to Update the TCPA and Stop Frivolous Class Action Litigation

Video calls on Federal Communications Commission and Congress to modernize the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act in line with technology used by consumers and businesses.

4/16/2019 1:30 PM

Time to Update the TCPA and Stop Frivolous Class Action Litigation

A new video released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform discusses the importance of updating the antiquated Telephone Consumer Protection Act so that it is more reflective of real-world, modern technology and no longer serves as a vehicle for frivolous lawsuits.

“What’s worse than getting a call or text from a spammer? How about trial lawyers who make tens of millions of dollars off everyone’s misery?” the message states.

Additionally, unclaimed money from class action lawsuits is often awarded to interest groups, which give those advocates another (monetary) reason to fight for a broad definition of an auto dialer.

Due to the importance of open communication between businesses and consumers in the methods they prefer and the impact of the TCPA requirements on legitimate callers, ACA International continues to advocate with the FCC and Congress for a clear interpretation of the law, definition of an autodialer and compliance expectations that will prevent frivolous class action litigation. The FCC must act to clarify its interpretations of the TCPA as directed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals (D.C. Circuit) after the decision in ACA Int’l v. FCC.

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