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Did the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Just Get Even Worse for Small Businesses?

September 17, 2018

Though it may have started as a well-intentioned law from 1991, we now know how plaintiffs' lawyers and professional plaintiffs have twisted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for financial gain

  1. In the News Today - September 24, 2018

    September 24, 2018 | News

    Ninth Circuit Decision "Heats Up TCPA Debate"; West Virginia Chief Justice Says Impeachment Process Must be Halted... Read More

  2. Single Florida Law Firm Exploits AOB Practices, Files 8,400 Lawsuits in One Year

    September 24, 2018 | News

    A single Florida law firm filed 8,400 lawsuits in one county's small claims court last year as part of an insurance-related "cottage industry", the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - September 21, 2018

    September 21, 2018 | News

    "How The British Airways Breach Will Reveal The True Cost Of GDPR"... Read More

  4. Ninth Circuit "Departs" From Other Rulings, Takes Expansive View of Autodialers

    September 21, 2018 | News

    A Ninth Circuit Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision yesterday broadened the definition of "automatic telephone dialing system" (ATDS) despite recent rulings that reined it in, The Recorder reports.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - September 20, 2018

    September 20, 2018 | News

    "Third Circuit Clarifies Public Disclosure Bar in False Claims Act"... Read More

  6. Special Master, Labaton Reach Tentative Settlement in Controversial Securities Lawsuit

    September 20, 2018 | News

    The special master appointed to investigate claims of double billing by Labaton Sucharow in the scandal-plagued $300 million State Street Corporation securities lawsuit has reached a tentative settlement with the firm, Law360 reports.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - September 19, 2018

    September 19, 2018 | News

    DOJ "Makes Use Of Medicare Law In Blunt Warning To Asbestos Lawyers"... Read More

  8. "Has the Song Remained the Same" On Securities Litigation?

    September 19, 2018 | News

    In an "Insight Alert," attorneys from King & Spalding look into recent developments in securities litigation defense and suggest a new strategy may be emerging.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - September 18, 2018

    September 18, 2018 | News

    How Will the Canadian Legal System Handle Artificial Intelligence?... Read More

  10. Last Week's Statement Shows "New Vigilance" From DOJ

    September 18, 2018 | News

    The "Statement of Interest" filed last week by the U.S. Department of Justice signals a "new vigilance" in preventing fraud and abuse in the asbestos trust system, Bloomberg Big Law Business reports.... Read More

  11. Will New Data Privacy Laws Lead to a Litigation "Surge?"

    September 17, 2018 | News

    In a BNA op-ed, attorneys from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips say the "lawsuits are coming, rain or shine" from California's new data privacy law.... Read More

  1. In the News Today - September 24, 2018

    September 24, 2018 | News

    Ninth Circuit Decision "Heats Up TCPA Debate"; West Virginia Chief Justice Says Impeachment Process Must be Halted... Read More

  2. Single Florida Law Firm Exploits AOB Practices, Files 8,400 Lawsuits in One Year

    September 24, 2018 | News

    A single Florida law firm filed 8,400 lawsuits in one county's small claims court last year as part of an insurance-related "cottage industry", the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - September 21, 2018

    September 21, 2018 | News

    "How The British Airways Breach Will Reveal The True Cost Of GDPR"... Read More

  4. Ninth Circuit "Departs" From Other Rulings, Takes Expansive View of Autodialers

    September 21, 2018 | News

    A Ninth Circuit Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision yesterday broadened the definition of "automatic telephone dialing system" (ATDS) despite recent rulings that reined it in, The Recorder reports.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - September 20, 2018

    September 20, 2018 | News

    "Third Circuit Clarifies Public Disclosure Bar in False Claims Act"... Read More

  6. Special Master, Labaton Reach Tentative Settlement in Controversial Securities Lawsuit

    September 20, 2018 | News

    The special master appointed to investigate claims of double billing by Labaton Sucharow in the scandal-plagued $300 million State Street Corporation securities lawsuit has reached a tentative settlement with the firm, Law360 reports.... Read More

  7. In the News Today - September 19, 2018

    September 19, 2018 | News

    DOJ "Makes Use Of Medicare Law In Blunt Warning To Asbestos Lawyers"... Read More

  8. "Has the Song Remained the Same" On Securities Litigation?

    September 19, 2018 | News

    In an "Insight Alert," attorneys from King & Spalding look into recent developments in securities litigation defense and suggest a new strategy may be emerging.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - September 18, 2018

    September 18, 2018 | News

    How Will the Canadian Legal System Handle Artificial Intelligence?... Read More

  10. Last Week's Statement Shows "New Vigilance" From DOJ

    September 18, 2018 | News

    The "Statement of Interest" filed last week by the U.S. Department of Justice signals a "new vigilance" in preventing fraud and abuse in the asbestos trust system, Bloomberg Big Law Business reports.... Read More

  11. Will New Data Privacy Laws Lead to a Litigation "Surge?"

    September 17, 2018 | News

    In a BNA op-ed, attorneys from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips say the "lawsuits are coming, rain or shine" from California's new data privacy law.... Read More

  1. Did the Telephone Consumer Protection Act Just Get Even Worse for Small Businesses?

    September 17, 2018 | Blogs

    Though it may have started as a well-intentioned law from 1991, we now know how plaintiffs' lawyers and professional plaintiffs have twisted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for financial gain... Read More

  2. Department of Justice Guides the Way on Enforcement

    September 14, 2018 | Blogs

    In January, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo by then-Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand which prevents DOJ attorneys from turning agency guidelines into binding legal rules in enforcement actions. This was a welcome-and much needed-development for businesses, and a signal the DOJ is committed to promoting the rule of law. ... Read More

  3. House Diversity Bill Would Create Fair Treatment for All

    September 12, 2018 | Blogs

    The Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has the chance to close a loophole in our court system on a favored tactic of plaintiffs' lawyers: forum shopping. This allows plaintiffs' lawyers to "shop" their lawsuits around to different states in search of a friendly court that will award big settlements. Often, the lawsuits have no ties to the state where the case is eventually filed. ... Read More

  4. Mission Drift at the American Law Institute

    August 28, 2018 | Blogs

    The American Law Institute (ALI) is drifting further away from its original mission of crafting clear Restatements of the Law for use by judges and legislators. ... Read More

  5. 20 Years of Tech: How ILR Has Led the Legal Conversation on Emerging Technologies

    August 21, 2018 | Blogs

    ILR continues to confront new issues by identifying trends and applying the latest strategies and tactics to advocate for key legal reforms. ... Read More

  6. A Big Win for Integrity: New York City Bar Association Rules Out Splitting Fees With Investors

    August 16, 2018 | Blogs

    One of the most influential bar associations in the country has voiced a full-throated condemnation of a core element of the litigation funding business model: promising a percentage of anticipated fees in exchange for cash.... Read More

  7. Why is a Securities Class Action Lawsuit In Massachusetts Causing a Stir in the Arkansas Legislature?

    August 06, 2018 | Blogs

    Boston and Little Rock are more than 1,200 miles apart, but a $300 million settlement in a securities class action lawsuit has developments in the former causing concerns in the latter. ... Read More

  8. From Theory to Practice: DOJ Asserts Its Rightful Authority

    August 01, 2018 | Blogs

    For more than 30 years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has largely declined to take action against frivolous litigation under the False Claims Act (FCA)-but that's starting to change.... Read More

  9. 20 Years of ILR Accomplishments: Lending a Helping Hand to a Local Business

    July 23, 2018 | Blogs

    On May 3, 2005, the Chung family opened up their dry cleaning store in Washington, D.C. for what should have been a normal day of business. Thirteen years later, the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility recommended one of the Chung's customers from that day be suspended from his profession.... Read More

  10. Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price

    July 20, 2018 | Blogs

    A New York appeals court has turned what could be the last page on a twisted tale of manipulation, bribery, back-room dealing and bombast that is sure to go down in legal history. Last week, the court suspended the law license of plaintiffs' bar crusader Steven Donziger until further notice.... Read More

  11. Lawsuit Lending Again Rears Its Ugly Head, This Time for Injured Football Players

    July 19, 2018 | Blogs

    Look no further than the National Football League (NFL) concussion settlement as an example, where lawyers, plaintiffs, and the court are engaged in a legal battle that has nothing to do with the settlement's purpose.... Read More

  1. U.S. Chamber Welcomes DOJ Action to Prevent Asbestos Fraud

    September 13, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) statement of interest in asbestos bankruptcy trust creation:... Read More

  2. Survey: Only 13 Percent of Consumers Support European Commission's Current Collective Action Lawsuit Proposal

    July 11, 2018 | Press Release

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  3. Report: U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Can Help Businesses Defend Against Lawsuit 'Forum Shopping'

    June 04, 2018 | Press Release

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  4. Consumers Overwhelmingly Say Lawsuits Should Not "Regulate" New Technologies

    April 18, 2018 | Press Release

    SEATTLE, WA - During an event today the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) will release a new survey finding that, contrary to the claims of many plaintiffs' lawyers, nearly 82 percent of consumers believe that filing lawsuits is not the best way to regulate emerging technologies, such as cars that operate without a human driver. ... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber: Proposal Could Make EU a Major Global Hub for Abusive Litigation

    April 11, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the European Commission's proposal to rescind and replace the EU's "Injunctions Directive." The proposal would create a new European Union-wide framework for collective redress (class action lawsuits): ... Read More

  6. U.S. Chamber: D.C. Circuit Ruling a Positive Step, But Congress Should Modernize the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

    March 16, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today about the D.C. Circuit Court's ruling vacating portions of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) declaratory order:... Read More

  7. Report: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Running Short of Money to Pay Future Claimants, System Lacks Safeguards

    March 08, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights that asbestos bankruptcy trusts are being depleted, jeopardizing their ability to fully compensate future claimants.... Read More

  8. Lawsuit Claiming Consumer was "Deceived" About Sugar in Jelly Beans Named Most Ridiculous of 2017

    December 21, 2017 | Press Release

    Annual List of Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Released Today... Read More

  9. Study: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Cause Spike in Reports of Patient Health Incidents, Deaths

    October 25, 2017 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that lawsuit ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices have caused at least 61 serious medical events -- including six deaths -- an increase from previous reports.... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber Announces 2017 Legal Reform Award Winners

    October 25, 2017 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced its 2017 Legal Reform Award winners at its 18th Annual Legal Reform Summit.... Read More

  11. U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB's Arbitration Rule

    October 24, 2017 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration rule...... Read More

  1. A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018 | Research

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States.... Read More

  2. Lighting the Way: FCA Reform and Compliance Program Credit

    June 27, 2018 | Research

    This paper contends that in order to encourage companies to create and sustain a culture of consistent compliance, particularly with regard to the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice should formalize a policy of offering credit for companies that implement effective compliance and ethics programs.... Read More

  3. BMS Battlegrounds: Practical Advice for Litigating Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers

    June 04, 2018 | Research

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court was a clear statement that the days of blatant, unchecked plaintiff forum shopping in search of outsized verdicts are at an end. ILR's research explores this paradigm shift and provides practical advice for defendants litigating BMS in the trenches.... Read More

  4. ILR Research Review - Spring 2018

    May 31, 2018 | Research

    The Spring 2018 ILR Research Review explores a wide range of long-standing and emerging issues in legislation, regulation, and litigation, including artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, state qui tam False Claims Acts, West Virginia legal reforms, and asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  5. Torts of the Future: Autonomous Vehicles

    May 17, 2018 | Research

    Among all emerging technologies examined in ILR's Torts of the Future research papers, autonomous vehicles (AVs) may be popping up in headlines more than any other. In order to respond to this trend in public policy and interest, and to provide a valuable tool for legislators, regulators, and businesses seeking to learn more about this topic, ILR has compiled insights from two years of research on emerging liability and regulation issues for autonomous vehicles.... Read More

  6. Torts of the Future II: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies

    April 18, 2018 | Research

    The second edition of ILR's Torts of the Future research examines evolutions in regulatory and liability trends for emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable devices, and 3D printing. The research also presents a number of updated guiding principles to inform courts, legislators, and policymakers as they seek to address privacy and safety concerns without derailing or delaying innovation.... Read More

  7. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  8. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  9. West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

    January 10, 2018 | Research

    West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress.... Read More

  10. ILR Research Review - Fall 2017

    November 30, 2017 | Research

    This special double-issue of the ILR Research Review features a wealth of insight and analysis on the world's rapidly changing litigation environment. The research contained in this issue targets exploitative litigation at home and abroad, examining numerous developments ranging from hyper-aggressive trial lawyer advertising in the U.S. to the imminent expansion of class actions in Europe.... Read More

  11. Unstable Foundation:
    Our Broken Class Action System and How to Fix It

    October 24, 2017 | Research

    Unstable Foundation examines the pervasive flaws afflicting the United States' class action system. Class actions rarely provide meaningful compensation for class members, and are poorly suited to deterring wrongful conduct.... Read More