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TCPA this week: July 31,2016

Each week or so we will highlight the most important happenings in TCPA law and compliance.

iHeartMedia’s unsolicited texting will cost $8.5 million

Anyone who listens to the radio has heard it. Radio stations encouraging listeners to text a message, song requests or contest entry. iHeart denies all claims of misconduct and liability… but agreed to establish a settlement fund in the amount of $8.5 million. Read all about it

Collecto + No Consento = Payo

California residents have filed a class action suit against Collecto a debt collection agency. The complaint states the plaintiffs have suffered damages from being called several times by the Collecto automatic dialing system after requests for it to stop calling them. Find out moreo

What about VoIP calls and TCPA?

TCPA does not address VoIP technology specifically because VoIP did not exist in 1991 when the TCPA was made law. What TCPA does say, however, is that a party may not use an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) to call: (1) any cell phone; or (2) any other phone “for which the called party is charged for the call.” 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(A)(iii).
The question is: What happens when an auto dial system is used to call a VoIP number? Read article here

The take away

Text messaging is as big of a deal as robocalling in the eyes of the law. Get consent first and use RealPhoneValidation to identify phone line type before you call.

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