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Monthly TCPA Digest — April 2022

We are pleased to present our latest Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this issue’s Regulatory Update, we discuss the expansion of the FCC’s robocalling investigation partnerships to include five additional states — Alaska, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Washington — and how these and other FCC-state collaborations are expected to help combat robocalls. In addition, we cover the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s latest cease-and-desist letters to companies facilitating unlawful robocalling traffic on their networks, outline clarifications from the Commission regarding the use of the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND), and review Acting FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s response to a letter from Representative Vern Buchanan seeking information about the Commission’s efforts to combat scam calls and protect vulnerable consumers.

In our Litigation Update, you’ll find a discussion of the Eighth Circuit’s recent Beal v. Outfield Brew House ruling, one of the first appellate decisions to interpret the Supreme Court’s reasoning in its 2021 Facebook v. Duguid case. In Facebook, the Court narrowed the definition of “autodialer” (ATDS), ruling that under TCPA, the term refers only to a device that uses a random or sequential number generator when storing or dialing telephone numbers. By holding that a product that randomly selects numbers from a stored list is not an ATDS if it does not generate random or sequential phone numbers to begin with, the Eighth Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ misreading of Facebook. Its decision should help bolster defendants’ arguments nationwide.

If you have suggestions for topics you’d like us to feature in this newsletter, or any questions about the content in this issue, please feel free to reach out to an attorney on Mintz’s TCPA and Consumer Calling Practice team.

In This Edition

Part I – TCPA Regulatory Update

Part II – TCPA Litigation Update

Eighth Circuit Finds System That Sends Texts to Stored Numbers Is Not an ATDS


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Russell H. Fox is a wireless communications attorney at Mintz. He guides clients through federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. Russell also participates in FCC proceedings, negotiates spectrum agreements, and represents clients in spectrum auctions.

Joshua Briones

Member / Managing Member, Los Angeles Office

Joshua Briones is a commercial litigator who defends consumer class actions for Mintz. He's represented clients in a wide range of industries, including financial services, life sciences, manufacturing, and retail, in cases involving false advertising, unfair trade practices, and other claims.
Jonathan Garvin is an attorney at Mintz who focuses on legal challenges facing companies in the communications and media industries. He advises clients on transactional, regulatory, and compliance issues before the FCC involving wireless, broadband, broadcast, and cable matters.
E. Crystal Lopez is a Mintz Associate who focuses her practice on class action defense, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, data privacy, marketing, and compliance issues claims. She has defended corporate clients against class actions at all stages of litigation.