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September 1, 2017

TCPA Litigation Up Nearly 50 Percent After FCC Action

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits have surged nearly 50 percent in the 17-month period after the FCC issued a declaratory order that loosened the standards for filing such suits, according to new research by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

There have by 3,121 TCPA-related lawsuits in the 17 months since the FCC’s order. In the 17 months before, there were only 2,127. That’s an increase of 46 percent.

“This spike provides concrete evidence that the FCC under the previous administration put more ‘fuel on the fire’ for abusive and costly TCPA lawsuits,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard. “Congress should update the TCPA, so that it targets scam telemarketers as intended, and does not ensnare businesses trying to contact their customers for legitimate business purposes.”

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