We are pleased to present our latest Telephone Calling and Texting Compliance News, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In this issue’s Regulatory Update, we provide an overview of robocall mitigation plan compliance deadlines for U.S.-based intermediate providers that serve as the entry point for foreign calls into the United States, or so-called gateway providers, and other voice service providers. We also cover several recent FCC enforcement actions to combat illegal robocalling. These include the FCC’s first removal of a non-compliant provider, Global UC Inc., from the robocall mitigation database and an Order requiring all U.S. voice service providers to investigate and take steps to block a student loan scam calling campaign. The FCC also issued a series of first-of-their-kind Notices of Apparent Liability (“NALs”), proposing fines against 12 local exchange carriers for failure to comply with the Reassigned Numbers Database.
In our Litigation Update, we discuss several recent circuit court decisions on TCPA issues. At the Eleventh Circuit, the court halted the appeal in Evans v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, citing the unknown standing of some of the plaintiffs to bring automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) claims. Separately, in Johansen v. Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited, Inc., the court brought a professional plaintiff’s TCPA claim to a halt. In the Ninth Circuit, the court remanded a key case about insurance coverage of TCPA claims, Yahoo! Inc. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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In This Edition
- Deadlines Set for New Gateway Provider Obligations
- Commission Continues New and Aggressive Enforcement Action Against Illegal Robocalling