A Ninth Circuit panel affirmed the district court’s dismissal with prejudice of a class action complaint in which the plaintiff alleged that Meta Platforms, Inc. (Meta) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending unsolicited “Birthday Announcement” text messages to consumers’ cell phones.  Among other restrictions, the TCPA prohibits calls to cell phone numbers using an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS) without prior express consent. … Continue Reading

The Federal Communications Commission ruled this month that “ringless voicemail” to wireless phones is a “call” made using an artificial or prerecorded voice and therefore subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act robocall prohibition.  The TCPA prohibits making any non-emergency call using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice to a wireless telephone number without the prior express consent of the called party. … Continue Reading

In Wakefield v. ViSalus, Inc., the Ninth Circuit considered whether a jury verdict of $925,200,000 for cumulative statutory damages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 (“TCPA”) was constitutional in light of its harsh severity.  After a three-day trial, the jury delivered a verdict against ViSalus, finding that it sent over 1.8 million prerecorded calls to class members without prior express consent, in violation of the TCPA. … Continue Reading

The FTC has declined requests to extend the comment period for its proposed rule that would impose a number of new substantive and disclosure requirements on motor vehicle dealers in connection with the car buying or leasing process. 

The FTC’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2022 with a 60-day comment period that ends on September 12, 2022. … Continue Reading

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that in determining whether a credit report is inaccurate or misleading under the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s “maximum possible accuracy” requirement, a district court should apply a “reasonable reader” standard.  Ballard Spahr attorneys are currently representing clients in cases involving this legal issue.… Continue Reading

In a new advisory opinion, the CFPB addresses the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s permissible purpose requirement as it applies to both consumer reporting agencies and users of consumer reports.

Consumer reporting agencies. FCRA Section 604(a) enumerates the circumstances under which a consumer reporting agency (CRA) may provide a consumer report to a user.… Continue Reading

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed a rule that would impose a number of new substantive and disclosure requirements on auto-dealers in the car-buying process.  The FTC described the proposed Rule as one designed “to ban junk fees and bait-and-switch advertising tactics that can plague consumers throughout the car-buying experience.” … Continue Reading

A California Court of Appeal recently found a bank liable to a judgment creditor under California’s Enforcement of Judgments Law for the bank’s registered agent’s mistake in misreading, and subsequently rejecting, a notice of levy.  Although the bank itself did not have knowledge of the mistake, the Court held the bank responsible through principles of agency, rendering the bank liable for amounts that the account holder drained from the account when the levy should have been in effect.… Continue Reading

The Fourth Circuit heard argument earlier this week on whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shields on-line data aggregator, PublicData.com, from FCRA liability in a putative class action dismissed last year by a federal judge in Virginia.  We previously blogged about the amicus brief filed in the appeal by the CFPB, FTC, and North Carolina Department of Justice.… Continue Reading

A new Nevada law that becomes effective on October 1, 2021 requires translated documents to be provided to consumers by businesses that advertise and negotiate transactions covered by the law in a language other than English (or allow their agents or employees to advertise and negotiate in a language other than English). … Continue Reading