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Dialing Into the FCC’s TCPA Rulings

The FCC’s much anticipated TCPA rulings were released this past Friday. On Friday, July 17, our panel of esteemed TCPA attorneys – both plaintiff’s and defense – will give you a first look at how the rulings will drive TCPA litigation, from both the plaintiff’s and defense perspective. I expect to hear some interesting debate.

Here are the salient issues we will cover:

Dialer Technology

What do the rulings say about predictive dialers, preview dialers and future dialing technology? What does the FCC mean what it talks about “capacity” and “calling from a list of numbers?” Can you ever be certain that your equipment is not an ATDS?

Consent

What do the rulings mean for the manner, content or means a businesses must use to obtain prior, express consent to call a customer’s cellphone using an “automated telephone dialing system” or prerecorded message? And who provides the consent?

Revocation of Consent

The rulings allow consent to be withdrawn orally or in writing “through any reasonable means.” The FCC interprets the TCPA as not allowing callers to define the manner in which revocation can occur. We’ll discuss how revocation issues have been litigated and how that litigation will likely evolve as a result of the rulings.

Relief from Liability for Calling Reassigned Numbers

The risks of dialing a reassigned number using an ATDS remain large and it is likely to stay that way given the limited relief provided by the rulings. We’ll explore the “one call” exception and give our take on what role it can play going forward.

“Urgent” Information Calls

ATDS calls that would alert a consumer to certain events get special treatment. We will look at what kind of calls can qualify.

“Dual Purpose” and Telemarketing Calls

The rulings address the content of prior express written consent for “dual purpose” and telemarketing calls as well as whether all forms of prior express written consent obtained before the October 2013 rule change are effective. The rulings’ interpretation of these issues will be of special interest to lenders and loan servicers.

 Meet the Panel of Attorneys

Joining me on the webinar is Abbas Kazerounian, a noted TCPA plaintiff’s attorney. Abbas was class counsel in Arthur v Sallie Mae, et al, and Malta, et al. v Wells Fargo, two of the largest TCPA class settlements against financial services companies.

Also on the panel are Ernest Wagner, a principal with Maurice Wutscher LLP, and Shannon P. Miller, a senior counsel at the firm. Both regularly defend financial services companies in TCPA litigation.

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This free webinar begins at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 11:30 a.m Central, 9:30 a.m. Pacific, and will last one hour. Space is limited to 500 participants.

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Donald Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has successfully argued before the Third, Fourth and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including as counsel for amicus curiae before the United States Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB, and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as outside counsel to RMA International, on the governing Board of Regents of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers and on the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law. From 2014 to 2017, he chaired the ABA's Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee.

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