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March 9, 2018

Judge Says Plaintiffs’ Lawyers “May be Being Greedy” by Asking for $16 Million

The D.C. Circuit Friday said a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2015 was an “unreasonably expansive interpretation” of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the article, businesses said the FCC’s order, which broadened its definition of telemarketing violations and robocalls, “led to an epidemic of lawsuits.” The story cites an Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) research paper that found TCPA lawsuit filings jumped almost 50 percent in the 17-month period following the order when compared to the 17-month period before the order.

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard said the D.C. circuit’s decision is a “positive step,” but still signaled that Congress and the FCC must “update the TCPA” to “restore common sense to rules governing legitimate business communications with customers.”

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