In an op-ed for Corporate Counsel Business Journal, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) President Lisa A. Rickard said “policymakers must answer the call” by taking up “meaningful reforms to a woefully outdated” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Rickard said the law has become a “goldmine for plaintiffs’ attorneys, who clogged up federal court dockets with frivolous litigation.” A 2015 Federal Communications Commission order increased the scope of the law by adopting an overly broad interpretation of autodialer. ILR research found that TCPA lawsuit filings “shot up by more than 46 percent” in the 17 month period after that order when compared to the 17 months before.
In March, the D.C. Circuit struck down that interpretation. Now, Rickard says, Congress and the FCC have a “fresh chance to use common sense” to update a law “passed at a time when cell phones were the size of bricks.”