ILR Leads Business Coalition Urging FCC to Update TCPA Regs

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February 03, 2015

ILR and dozens of additional business groups yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the agency to “update its Telephone Consumer Protection Act regulations to counter a ‘tsunami’ of purportedly attorney-driven class actions.”

According to the letter, the FCC’s regulations implementing the 1991 law have not “kept up with the dramatic shift in consumer preference toward cellphones over landlines, among other changes, opening the door for plaintiffs firms to game the out-dated rules in cases that are more about attorneys’ fees than redressing actual telemarketing misconduct.”

“The FCC, as an expert agency, must recognize that the world has changed significantly since 1991 and it is time for the FCC to clarify and modernize its TCPA rules to reflect the realities of today,” the letter said, adding that businesses are being “strong-armed” into costly TCPA settlements “on an almost daily basis.”

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02/03/2015