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July 14, 2016

Court Ruling Could Help Defend Against ‘Professional’ TCPA Plaintiffs

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a ruling in the case of Stoops v. Wells Fargo Bank that one expert says “gives defendants a tool to go after professional” Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) plaintiffs.

This case involved Melody Stoops, “who purchased a number of cell phones with the expressed intent of receiving calls that she believed would violate the TCPA and which would in turn enable her to sue those violators,” reports the Pennsylvania Record.

The court ruled that purchasing cell phones  “with the hope of receiving calls from creditors for the sole purpose of collecting statutory damages, are not ‘among the sorts of interests (the TCPA was) specifically designed to protect.’” 

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