For years industry groups have been petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify ambiguities in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), which make it difficult for businesses to comply and leave them vulnerable to litigation. Finally, on June 18, 2015, the FCC responded. As discussed in a Client Alert by Reed Smith attorneys Judith Harris, Henry Pietrkowski, David Reidy and Ashley Shively FCC Commissioners voted 3-2 to issue a consumer-friendly ruling that will have significant implications for businesses, including health care providers and pharmaceutical companies, when complying with the Act. Although it is unclear as to when the FCC’s Order will issue and what the exact wording will be, the changes will allow consumers more control over the texts and calls they receive.
For more details on the proposed changes, read the full Client Alert