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'Major changes' in law continue to narrow definition of automated dialers under TCPA, dampen class actions
A Chicago federal judge's recent decision to revisit a lawsuit vs Yahoo over a text message the web services provider sent to a user, could further help to narrow an expansive view of so-called "automatic telephone dialing system" embraced years ago by federal regulators, which has helped to enhance the growth of lawsuits under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The number of lawsuits targeting businesses under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is surging, as many businesses struggle to "decipher and implement" the law's provisions amid a proliferation of modern technology, like smartphones and text messaging, says an attorney specializing in assisting clients on federal communications policy and enforcement.
A federal judge’s decision awarding at least $15 million to lawyers who secured a $56 million settlement in a class action against a cruise line and others who allegedly masked telemarketing calls as non-profit political surveys, marks one of the largest such payouts to attorneys under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.