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Supreme Court Applies TCPA to Text Messages for Consumer Protection


Last week on January 20, 2016, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, ___ U.S. ___, 2016 WL 22835 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court issued several important rulings in a TCPA class action.  These rulings will help consumers in cases where they are receiving unwanted text messages; being contacted by various parties seeking to collect a debt and debt collection by federal contractors.

  • “A text message to a cellular telephone … qualifies as a “call” within the compass of” the TCPA’s prohibition against autodialed or prerecorded calls to cell phones without the consumer’s prior express consent.
  • A defendant can be liable for another’s TCPA violations based on common law principles of agency.
  • While the United States and its agencies have immunity from TCPA suits, federal contractors do not.

If you are receiving unwanted calls to your cell phone that are seeking a collect a debt, please contact Christie D. Arkovich P.A.



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