Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Lawsuits
Our consumer protection lawyers represent consumers subjected to robocalls (auto-dialed or pre-recorded phone calls or text messages) in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, prohibits, among other things, unauthorized phone calls or text messages to residential land lines and cell phones that employ:
• automatic dialing mechanisms
• automated retrieval of phone numbers
• prerecorded messages (and, in some cases, messages by or conversations with live callers)
Unless a consumer has provided the caller with express written consent, the caller may be liable for violations of the TCPA.
TCPA Class Action Litigation
Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits often take the form of class actions by large numbers of consumers harassed by illegal texts or calls. Defendants in TCPA actions may include, among others:
• debt collectors
Courts may deem use of any type of automated dialing system a violation of the TCPA. For calls made to residential land lines, only those that employ automatic dialing systems and leave recorded or artificial voice messages violate the Act. For calls made to cell phones, prohibited calls include those that involve live speakers as well as those that leave recorded messages.
In some cases, courts have also found TCPA violations when an automated system provides callers with a list of phone numbers from which the live callers, rather than the system, dial the calls.
Damages in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Lawsuits
Plaintiffs in TCPA actions may obtain significant monetary damages for proven TCPA violations. Under the TCPA’s provisions, courts may award plaintiffs $500 for each phone call or text that violates the TCPA’s prohibitions. If a court determines a defendant’s violations to have been intentional / willful, the court may award plaintiffs $1500 per phone call or text.
Contact a Consumer Protection Lawyer
If you have received automated, recorded, and other phone calls or texts without your specific consent, you may be entitled to monetary damages under the TCPA. Contact us today to inquire about instituting or joining a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit. We will evaluate your case without charge.