In 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision finding that:
“Americans passionately disagree about many things. But they are largely united in their disdain for robocalls. The Federal Government receives a staggering number of complaints about robocalls—3.7 million complaints in 2019 alone. The States likewise field a constant barrage of complaints. For nearly 30 years, the people’s representatives in Congress have been fighting back.” (Barr v. Am. Ass’n of Political Consultants, 140 S. Ct. 2335, 2343 (2020))
At some point in our lives (usually an inconvenient one), we’ve all received an unwanted telephone call or text. These unsolicited communications are annoying and sometimes used as tactics to pressure trusting individuals into paying debts they may not owe or buying terrible services. “A leading Senate sponsor of the TCPA captured the zeitgeist in 1991, describing robocalls as ‘the scourge of modern civilization. They wake us up in the morning; they interrupt our dinner at night; they force the sick and elderly out of bed; they hound us until we want to rip the telephone right out of the wall.’” Barr, supra quoting 137 Cong. Rec. 30821 (1991).
If a persistent telemarketer or spammer has targeted you, call Thomasson PLLC to discuss your options for holding these companies financially and legally responsible for their unlawful conduct.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, known as the TCPA, generally prohibits robocalls to cell phones and home phones without consent; it also generally prohibits unwanted texts messages and faxes. . If you ask a caller stop contacting you, the caller must honor this request and, if they fail to do so, you have a right to take legal action and demand compensation. If the victim prevails, the offending party may be ordered to pay you between $500 and $1500 for each unwated call, text, or fax.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued additional rules pertaining to auto-dials and robocalls. Individuals or businesses who send advertising, coupons, or marketing materials via text message without your written consent, or who use robotic voices or recordings when calling you, face monetary penalties for violating these FCC and TCPA rules. If a spammer continues leaving voicemails or sending unsolicited text messages, save this information so you can discuss your options with one of our attorneys.
At Thomasson PLLC, we know how frustrating it is to receive a high volume of unwanted communications. In fact, chances are you are not the caller’s only victim. We’ll work with you to determine a strategic path for ending these unwanted intrusions and securing the compensation and peace you deserve.
Thomasson PLLC can help if you’re receiving unwanted automated calls, texts or texts. Call us today and speak with an attorney to get started: New Jersey (973) 312-0774, Arkansas (870) 412-4910, or Wisconsin (920) 312-7665.