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May 28, 2015

U.S. Chamber: FCC’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act Proposals Would Worsen Abusive Litigation

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

“Plaintiffs’ lawyers are already exploiting the TCPA’s outdated language and using conflicting federal court rulings to bring abusive and costly class action lawsuits against businesses. The FCC’s proposals would only worsen the problem by lowering the bar for filing such lawsuits, while providing few if any meaningful benefits to consumers.

“Compliance-minded businesses are being dragged into court and strong-armed into large settlements on an almost daily basis under the TCPA for actions that do not remotely threaten the privacy interests that the law was intended to protect.”

ILR seeks to promote civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial, and educational activities at the global, 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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