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June 19, 2017

Off the Hook Lawsuits

In an opinion piece for The Hill, ILR President Lisa A. Rickard, writes about the “technologically ancient telecommunications law” known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

“The intention of the law was to end a type of consumer harassment,” said Rickard. “But the law’s intent has since been perverted. It was never intended to do what it’s doing today: enrich plaintiffs’ lawyers.”

The good news is that the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing [last] week to examine the improbable and abusive lawsuit industry that has been unintentionally fueled by TCPA. “It is now up to Congress to update the TCPA so that the law preserves the protections consumers need and deserve, while cutting off trail lawyer loopholes,” Rickard said.

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