Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
When the phone rings and you don’t recognize the phone number, what do you do? Many people ignore the call, but many answer the phone, only to be annoyed by a telemarketer. The calls tend to come when you are relaxing with your family and catching up over dinner. Worse yet, in recent years the calls are now coming to your cell phone or over text message. Did you know there is now a law to limit these type of harassing calls and texts?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1991. The current version of the statute is found principally at 47 U.S.C. 227.
The TCPA is the primary law in the United States governing the conduct of telephone solicitations, i.e., telemarketing. The TCPA restricts the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages received by cell phones, and the use of fax machines to send unsolicited advertisements. It also specifies several technical requirements for fax machines, autodialers, and voice messaging systems—principally with provisions requiring identification and contact information of the entity using the device to be contained in the message.
This law applies to collection agencies, as well. Contact The Eason Law Firm today for a consultation. We have 10 years experience of taking TCPA cases and seeing them through litigation. There is never a fee to speak to an attorney at The Eason Law Firm. Call us today so that we can begin evaluating your case.