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CEB Prac. Guide § 2B.26: ATDS -- Pleading

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In Tuck v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., No. 19-CV-1270-CAB-AHG, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179274, at *9 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 16, 2019), Judge Bencivengo dismissed a TCPA and FDCPA claim for failure of proper pleading. First, she dismissed the TCPA claim. To "make" a call under the TCPA the person must either (1) directly make the call, or (2) have an agency… Read More

In Bodie v. Lyft, Inc., No. 3:16-cv-02558-L-NLS, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 172998, at *6-7 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 4, 2019) , Judge Lorenz found "use" of an ATDS adequately pleaded. In addressing the second issue, the Ninth Circuit clarified that a total lack of human intervention was not required for a device to qualify as an ATDS. Marks, 904 F.3d at… Read More

In Whitehead v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, Case No. 2:18-CV-470-FTM-99MRM, 2018 WL 5279155 (M.D. Fla. October 24, 2018), the District Court found that a TCPA Plaintiff pleaded enough regarding an ATDS after ACA International. Not surprisingly, since the D.C. Circuit’s opinion in ACA Int’l, courts have reached differing conclusions as to the decision’s impact on FCC Orders issued prior to… Read More

In Lord v. Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC, 2018 WL 3391941, at *3 (N.D.Ohio, 2018), Judge Nugent found that a TCPA Plaintiff did not plead sufficient facts demonstrating that an ATDS was used under the standard set forth by the D.C. Circuit's decision in ACA International.  For the telephone system KNR allegedly uses to constitute a violation of the TCPA,… Read More

In Rhinehart v. Diversified Central, Inc., 2018 WL 372312, at *10 (N.D.Ala., 2018), Judge Hopkins dismissed a TCPA claim and found that an FDCPA claim failed to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action. Note that “[c]ausing a telephone to ring or engaging any person in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously with intent to annoy, abuse, or harass any… Read More

In Abante Rooter & Plumbing v. Farmers Group, Inc.,  2018 WL 288055, at *6 (N.D.Cal., 2018), Judge Hamilton found that a TCPA Plaintiff had adequately pleaded use of an ATDS used by an alleged Farmers representative in a telemarketing campaign, but found that the Plaintiff had failed to plead enough facts to demonstrate that Farmers should be responsible for the alleged… Read More

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