If you are reading this post, chances are you already know a lot about the TCPA. You don’t need to be told that it stands for “Telephone Consumer Protection Act.” Or that it restricts certain telemarketing calls, texts and faxes by a labyrinthine mosaic of statutory provisions and FCC regulations. Or that its ambiguities and statutory damages have made it a hotbed of litigation, particularly class action litigation. Or that the courts are struggling to bring some sense and clarity to the entire regime, while defendants experience an almost hydraulic pressure to settle cases involving even the most innocent, hyper-technical violations. You already know all of that. And, you probably also know that there will be a major development in the law tomorrow, when the FCC’s new telemarketing rules requiring written consent finally take effect. For a summary of the new rules, see our post here.
What you may not know, though, is where to find breaking news about the TCPA, the FCC’s rules and regulations interpreting it, and court decisions applying it. Or where to find information that won’t become inaccessible whenever Congress decides in its infinite wisdom not to fund the federal government (yes, it appears that the FCC’s website with its helpful guidance will be unavailable when the new rules become effective tomorrow!).
Enter the TCPA Blog. This blog will distill and disseminate developments in the law as they happen in real time. We have handled TCPA litigation and compliance for some of the nation’s largest companies for years. We are looking forward to sharing our insights with a larger audience and to creating what we hope will become a much-needed repository of information and a forum for friendly public discourse by thought leaders in this field.