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TCPA Litigation Update — CA Governor Signs the Consumer Call Protection Act

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Matthew Novian

Telecommunication service providers should take adequate precautions to avoid enforcement actions from the CPUC or the AG. By implementing STIR and SHAKEN technologies by January 1, 2021, service providers can avoid liability under the Act.
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FCC Releases Public Notice on Soundboard Technology and List of Recommendations on Robocall Blocking
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Monthly TCPA Digest – October 2019

October 15, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

This month’s newsletter from Mintz’s TCPA & Consumer Calling Practice delivers insight on California’s Consumer Call Protection Act and TCPA-related activity at the FCC.
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The Eleventh Circuit Departs from the Ninth Circuit in Holding That the Receipt of One Text Message Does Not Convey Article III Standing
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Monthly TCPA Digest – September 2019

September 18, 2019 | Article

This issue covers recent TCPA-related activity at the FCC, a new partnership between attorneys general and major phone carriers, and the 11th Circuit’s Salcedo decision.
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FCC Reviews Reply Comments on Opt-Out Call-Blacking, Attorneys General and Carriers Join Forces to Fight Robocalls
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Eleventh Circuit Confirms the FCC’s Solicited Fax Rule is Dead and Reverses Course on Interpretation of the Hobbs Act in TCPA Appeal
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Monthly TCPA Digest – August 2019

August 14, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest reviews FCC anti-spoofing rules covering spoofing outside the U.S. directed at US consumers and an 11th Circuit decision that the FCC's solicited fax rule is invalid.
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The FCC unanimously adopted revised anti-spoofing rules, implementing part of the RAY BAUM’s Act, at its August meeting. The Second Report and Order extends the FCC’s Truth in Caller ID rules to encompass malicious spoofing activities originating outside the U.S. that are directed at consumers within the U.S. It also expands the scope of communications covered by the Truth in Caller ID rules beyond telecommunications services and interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) services to include text messaging and alternative voice services, such as one-way VoIP services.

FCC Opens the 2.5 GHz Band for 5G Wireless Services

August 6, 2019 | Blog | By Angela Kung, Christen B'anca Glenn

As part of its strategy to make additional mid-band spectrum available for Fifth Generation (“5G”) wireless services, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently adopted a Report and Order that revises its rules for the 2.5 GHz band – the largest contiguous band of spectrum below 3 gigahertz – in a manner that will pave the way for the Commission to auction the spectrum for commercial use next year. 

FCC Seeks Big Role in Telemedicine with New Fund

July 31, 2019 | Blog | By Russell Fox, Jonathan R. Markman

$100 million in Federal funds may soon become available to help healthcare providers cover the costs of broadband and connected care services. Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on a proposal, on which it will seek public comment, for a new “Connected Care Pilot Program,” and the comment period on that proposal has now begun. The proposed program would direct money to telehealth initiatives, especially for medically underserved populations like low-income families and veterans. The money would come from the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is an existing fund of fees paid by telecommunications service providers currently used for a variety of purposes.
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TCPA Legislative Update: Robocall Bill Clears House Committee

July 19, 2019 | Article | By Alexander Hecht

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Monthly TCPA Digest – July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article

This issue covers recent TCPA-related FCC activity, pending robocall legislation, and a class action ruling in the Eight Circuit upholding a significant reduction in TCPA damages.
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TCPA Class Action Update: Commercial Purpose? Not Enough.

June 17, 2019 | Article | By Esteban Morales

All too often, plaintiffs alleging TCPA violations premised on faxes take the position that although a fax is not an advertisement on its face, it clears the advertisement hurdle because of an underlying profit motive. That’s a no-go confirmed the Third Circuit. Mauthe v. Optum Inc., No. 18-2894, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 15742 (3d Cir. May 28, 2019).
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On May 23, the Senate passed the TRACED Act (S. 151) by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 98-1. This bill, led by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA), and supported by all 50 state attorneys general, would force phone companies to identify spam calls to consumers, extend the statute of limitations to prosecute those illegally robocalling consumers, and increase fines for robocalls to up to $10,000 per illegal call. In a statement following its passage, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised the legislation saying, “This is a vital partnership in the fight against unwanted robocalls and one we already are working hard at. It’s important that federal and state partners work together – and engage productively with private stakeholders – to address this important consumer protection priority.”

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Monthly TCPA Digest – June 2019

June 17, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest covers an FCC rule allowing default call blocking services and a 4th Circuit ruling upholding a $61M judgment against Dish Network for a third-party agent's actions.
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TCPA Class Action Update: Dish Network on the Hook for $61 Million for Third-Party Agent’s TCPA Violation

June 17, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Matthew Novian, Elana R. Safner

On May 30, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a $61 million class action judgment against Dish Network for its violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Krakauer v. Dish Network, Case No 18-1518 (4th Cir. May 30, 2019). The lead plaintiff, Thomas Krakauer, submitted his phone number to the national Do Not Call Registry in 2003 but was still called by Dish’s vendor, Satellite System Networks (SSN). This judgment sounds a warning to all companies: if you contract with third-party vendors for marketing purposes, seek assurances and closely monitor the vendor’s compliance with applicable federal regulations. Otherwise, you may be on the hook.
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