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CEB Prac. Guide § 2B.05: "Call" Defined -- Text Messages

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In Keating v. Peterson's Nelnet, LLC, 2015 WL 4430355 (6th Cir. 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor a TCPA defendant on whose behalf unauthorized text messages were sent.  First, the Sixth Circuit found that texts were "calls" under the TCPA. Neither the plaintiff nor the defendants contest the inclusion of text messages… Read More

In Reardon v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 2015 WL 4451209 (N.D.Cal., 2015), Judge Tigar dismissed part of a TCPA class action filed against Uber for recruitment texts to potential drivers. Here, Uber argues that the text messages it allegedly sent cannot be said to “constitute telemarketing” or to “include or introduce an advertisement” because the texts do not promote its provision… Read More

 In Flores v. Adir International, LLC, 2015 WL 4340020, at *2-5 (C.D.Cal., 2015), Judge Birotte dismissed a TCPA class action with prejudice because he believed Plaintiffs could not plead facts to support their contention that text messages were sent by an ATDS. Defendant moves to dismiss both of Plaintiff's claims under the TCPA for failure to allege that Defendant contacted Plaintiff… Read More

The FCC's Omnibus Ruling, along with the comments of Commissioners Wheeler, Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai, and O'Rielly can be found here. We will be evaluating the Ruling, and Commissioners' comments.   For questions regarding the Ruling and its impacts, please contact the group leaders of Severson & Werson's TCPA team, Eric Troutman (ejt@severson.com) or Scott Hyman (sjh@severson.com). Read More

In Glauser v. GroupMe, Inc., 2015 WL 475111 (N.D.Cal. 2015), Judge Hamilton found that GroupMe's business model did not trigger or violate the TCPA because the software that sent the text was triggered by GroupMe's customers and, therefore, there was "human intervention". This putative class action arises under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), which prohibits the making of any call (including… Read More

In Marks v. Crunch San Diego, LLC, --- F.Supp.3d ----, 2014 WL 5422976 (S.D.Cal. 2014), Judge Bashant found that defendants' text message system was not an ATDS within the meaning of the TCPA. Defendant Crunch San Diego, LLC (“Crunch”) operates gyms in San Diego, California, as well as in several other states. Compl. ¶ 3, ECF 1. Plaintiff Jordan Marks entered into… Read More

In McKenna v. WhisperText, 2014 WL 4905629 (N.D.Cal. 2014), Judge Grewal required a TCPA plaintiff to plead more as to whether an ATDS was used, and refused to stay the case based on the Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine. Plaintiff Tony McKenna filed a class action complaint pursuant to the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227(b)(1)(A)(iii) (TCPA). McKenna brought suit against Defendants… Read More

In Gomez v. Campbell–Ewald Co., --- F.3d ----, 2014 WL 4654478 (9th Cir. 2014), the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed the district court's summary judgment in favor of a TCPA defendant marketing company. The message was the result of collaboration between the Navy and the Campbell–Ewald Company,FN1 a marketing consultant hired by the Navy to develop and execute a… Read More

In Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness Group, LLC, 2014 WL 2116602 (S.D. Cal. 2014) here, Judge Burns granted summary judgment to the Defendant on Plaintiff’s TCPA and UCL claims. For all of the above reasons, the Court finds that summary judgment is appropriate for Vertical Fitness on its affirmative defense that Van Patten consented to receiving the texts at issue when he… Read More

On Thursday the FCC entered rulings  on the petitions filed by GroupMe, Inc.: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0327/FCC-14-33A1.pdf and the Cargo Airline Association: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0327/FCC-14-32A1.pdf The FCC's ruling on the petition of Group Me, Inc. for an expedited declaratory ruling and clarification on the issue of whether it could rely on its members to provide consent for "called parties" that would receive text messages as… Read More

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