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June 18, 2015

U.S. Chamber: FCC Actions Will Accelerate Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuit Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and William Kovacs, senior vice president for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber, issued the following statement about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote today on several Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) proposals:

“Today’s FCC vote will accelerate the growth of abusive and costly class action lawsuits against businesses under the TCPA by further loosening the standards for filing them. We are disappointed that the FCC has not addressed concerns raised by the business community that its actions will worsen this trend and likely lead to increased costs for consumers.

“The agency’s decision oversteps its authority by imposing new regulations that create new restrictions on important, time-sensitive, non-telemarketing communications, which go way beyond the intent of Congress when it passed the TCPA in 1991.”

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the national, state, and local levels.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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