A First Look at the FCC’s 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order

Author: Kelley Drye 

Practice Areas: Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Defense, Communications, Privacy and Information Security

Contacts: Steven A. AugustinoAlysa Zeltzer Hutnik, Lauri A. Mazzuchetti, Michael A. Innes, Robyn P. Mohr, Edward J. Mullins III, Matthew P. Sullivan

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Commission”) released the text of its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Ruling”), which the Commission adopted by a 3-2 vote almost a month earlier, on June 18, 2015.

In Friday’s Ruling, the FCC responded to 21 petitions by a number of companies and trade associations who sought relief or clarification regarding the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”).  The Ruling redefines what equipment falls within the definition of “autodialer,” specifies liability for calls to reassigned telephone numbers, provides consumers with a right to revoke consent by any reasonable means, and establishes new exceptions for financial and healthcare related calls, among other changes. To read the full Client Advisory, click here.



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