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Jennifer L. Kelly

ML Strategies - Manager of Government Relations

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Prior to joining ML Strategies, Jenny worked as a legislative assistant at a prominent international law firm. There she closely followed pieces of legislation related to criminal justice reform, cyber-security, transportation, and housing, in order to provide real-time updates to lobbyists and clients. Previously, Jenny worked as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) where she participated in lobbyist meetings and agency briefings, organized panel discussions, and assisted in composing floor speeches for the Senator.

Jenny recently graduated with her Masters in Congressional and Presidential Studies from the Catholic University of America. During her time at Catholic, Jenny was named a Bryce Harlow Fellow, a prestigious award for students who pursue careers in professional advocacy. As an undergraduate, Jenny was a University Scholar and was awarded both the Diane Jones Meier Award and the Fowler Award for Leadership for her work in the political science department. She served as a policy intern for U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and as a library intern for the U.S. Secretary of the Senate.

Education

  • Catholic University of America (MA, cum laude)
  • University of South Dakota (BS, cum laude)

Viewpoints

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Read about recent TCPA cases and FCC comment periods on automatic telephone dialing systems, call blocking technologies, and a proposed emergency use exemption to the TCPA.
Viewpoint
In this issue, we look at industry comments on the FCC’s report on robocalling and efforts to urge the agency to reconsider its reassigned numbers database proposal. In addition, we examine a recent circuit split on what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) in the Third and Ninth Circuits and what that means for TCPA defendants. The split follows the D.C. Circuit’s May 2018 decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, which set aside the FCC’s “unreasonably expansive interpretation” of what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system.

This issue provides insurance information for companies facing TCPA lawsuits and identifies the types of policies and provisions that may offer coverage. You will also find an update on the status of the proposed reassigned numbers database as well as information about a new FCC Public Notice, released August 10. Comments on the Public Notice are expected to lay the groundwork for the FCC’s next major action on call blocking and methods to eliminate illegal robocalls.

This issue includes an update on activity at the FCC, specifically the agency’s progress in evaluating comments received in several ongoing TCPA proceedings. In addition, in our Class Action Update, we look at the current understanding of what constitutes an ATDS and why, in the wake of ACA International, it may be more difficult for plaintiffs to demonstrate that the companies they are suing used ATDS devices.

In this issue, we look at recent TCPA-related activity at the FCC, including the agency’s reevaulation of some TCPA rulings as well as a notable fine levied against a robocaller for malicious spoofing. In addition, in our Class Action & Litigation Update, we look at recent district court rulings offering different interpretations of what constitutes an ATDS, and consider where this split between the circuits leaves TCPA defendants.

This month we consider the Ninth Circuit’s pending Crunch ruling and how the decision may affect parties defending TCPA cases. You’ll find the story in our Class Action & Litigation Update. Our Legislative Update offers a quick review of the recent US House and Senate hearings on illegal robocalls. For a roundup of TCPA-related developments at the FCC, please see our Regulatory Update.

Every month, robocalls make up the majority of Do Not Call registry complaints at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FCC estimated that in March 2018 approximately 3 billion robocalls were placed. In an effort to combat these illegal robocalls, the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee each held a hearing regarding these illegal robocalls and asked witnesses for ideas on how to combat this rampant problem.