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FCC implements new act to protect consumers from 'robotexts'

Shanice Harris Dec. 2, 2016, 8:58am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act now covers text message senders. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau is clarifying the limitations on auto-dialed text messages, more commonly known as “robotexts.” 

FCC to fine Network Services Solutions $21 million

Mark Iandolo Nov. 11, 2016, 10:57am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission recently announced plans to fine Network Services Solutions and its chief executive officer $21,691,499 for alleged violations involving the Universal Service Fund Rural Health Care Program (RHC).

FCC must decide whether efaxes are covered under TCPA

S. Laney Griffo Nov. 7, 2016, 8:54am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — With ever-changing technologies, companies are constantly looking for new ways to reach consumers but are also interested in protecting themselves from lawsuits.

Calif. decision holds flu shot reminder exempt from telemarketing law

Kate Jacobson Oct. 26, 2016, 10:39am

OAKLAND, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - A federal court in California has ruled that a flu shot reminder call from a retail pharmacy did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) – one of the first rulings of its kind since health care organizations were included in its safe harbor exemptions in 2015.

D.C. Circuit to decide fate of rule governing fax ads

Joe Dyton Oct. 24, 2016, 10:00am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A decade-old Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule and a 2014 change to that rule will be revisited to determine exactly which type of advertising faxes require an opt-out message under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC announces $450,000 settlement with AT&T in fixed wireless stations case

Mark Iandolo Oct. 19, 2016, 2:29pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced its Enforcement Bureau has settled for $450,000 with AT&T, resolving allegations that AT&T operated fixed wireless stations without authorization or without filing required license modification notices. 

Comcast pays $2.3 million fine after FCC alleged it charged consumers for unauthorized services

Mark Iandolo Oct. 14, 2016, 10:28am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Comcast will pay a $2.3 million fine after allegations surfaced that it wrongfully charged cable TV customers for services and equipment that the consumers never authorized.

Life360 app invites don't violate TCPA, district judge rules

Quinten Plummer Sep. 30, 2016, 9:55am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Though a Michigan man received at least one unsolicited text message from a mobile app, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has absolved Life360's developer from alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

FCC partially relieves state, local agencies from federal regulations for inmate calling systems

Mark Iandolo Aug. 16, 2016, 3:15pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in response to his lawsuit, has issued an order that will save the state millions of dollars by partially relieving state and local agencies from federal regulations that Pruitt believes are unlawful.

FCC announces settlement with AT&T over 'cramming' allegations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 11, 2016, 12:04pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) has announced a settlement with AT&T Services to resolve allegations the company “crammed” unauthorized third-party charges on consumers’ wireless telephone bills.

Attorney: FCC exempting federal government from TCPA lawsuits ‘hypocritical’

Dawn Geske Aug. 9, 2016, 1:11pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The federal government has made a declaration exempting itself from lawsuits brought through the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a law at the center of numerous class actions filed every week against businesses.

FCC announces $200,000 settlement with TP-Link

Mark Iandolo Aug. 5, 2016, 2:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — TP-Link will settle for $200,000 after allegations certain Wi-Fi routers sold by the company were not in full compliance with rules pertaining to power levels, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced.

FCC to fine AT&T $106,425 for alleged federal law violations

Mark Iandolo Aug. 2, 2016, 1:45pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to fine AT&T $106,425 for allegedly charging two Florida school districts some of the highest telecommunications rates in the state, which is a violation of federal law and the FCC’s “lowest corresponding price” rule.

FCC privacy regulations: The next litigation trend?

Rebecca Campbell Jul. 19, 2016, 10:30am

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – Broadband Internet access providers regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be focused on the regulations as they will have significant impacts on business practices if passed, according to a senior associate at Orrick.

FCC settles for $2.4 million with GCI after 911 service outage allegations

Mark Iandolo Jul. 8, 2016, 12:22pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced its Enforcement Bureau has reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communications Inc. (GCI) that resolves allegations of five 911 service outages occurring on the company's wireless network in Alaska over the last eight years.

Consumers win in D.C. Circuit's net neutrality decision

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 28, 2016, 11:41am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — A Utah attorney calls the decision in United States Telecom Association, et al v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America a “slam-dunk win for consumers.”

Group calls for TCPA reform

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 20, 2016, 3:03pm

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) —The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA) recently published a white paper calling for reform to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

FCC announces $100,000 settlement with inContact over long-distance call allegations

Mark Iandolo May 12, 2016, 3:08pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced inContact Inc., a Utah-based company that provides long-distance call services, will pay $100,000 to resolve allegations it failed to complete long distance telephone calls to a consumer in Minnesota.

Groups argue FCC’s order interpreting TCPA goes too far

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 15, 2016, 10:11am

Petitioners, intervenors recently filed final reply briefs in their case against the Federal Communications Commission in a federal appeals court. They argue in their filings that the commission’s July omnibus ruling interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act expanded the law beyond its intended meaning.

Arkansas AG comments on court decision to stay FCC order on inmate calling system

Mark Iandolo Mar. 11, 2016, 6:28pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following a decision by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to stay a Federal Communications Commission order.