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Have you ever received an unsolicited text message from a business or individual promoting a business?
Have you ever received a call to your cell phone from an automatic dialing system or “robo-dial system”?
Not only are these text spam messages and automated phone calls annoying and costly for consumers, a business or individual sending these types of messages on behalf of a business may be a violation of a Federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).
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What is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA, is a federal statute designed to protect consumers from the annoyances of automatic dialers, "robo-calls," unsolicited text messages, unsolicited fax messages, and calls made to a cell phone without consent. If a person or business is found to violate the TCPA, you may be entitled to $500 to $1500 for each call made to your cell phone without your prior express consent.
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The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), protects you from certain types of unsolicited telephone calls placed to a cell phone using prerecorded or an automatic dialing system.
When a business or individual on behalf of a business violated the TCPA by sending you unsolicited text messages or using auto-dialing or robo-dialing systems to contact your cell phone, you may be entitled to $500 to $1500 for each call made to your cell phone without your prior express consent.
Common TCPA Violations
• Telemarketing calls placed to a consumer’s residential or cellular telephone line without prior express written consent.
• Telemarketing calls to a cell phone line and transmitting automated or prerecorded voices.
• Calls to a cell phone line while utilizing an "auto-dialer" or a "robo-dialer."
• Telemarketing calls to a residential telephone line (also known as a "house phone") and transmitting automated or prerecorded voices.
• Text messages sent to a consumer’s cellular telephone without prior express consent.
Illegal Collection Calls
• Collection calls placed to a consumer’s cellular telephone without prior consent.
• Collection calls to a consumer’s cellular telephone after consent is revoked, either orally or in writing.
If you are bothered by robo-calls and auto-dialers constantly calling you at all hours of the day, then you have found the right attorney.
My name is Bill Turley and I am as angry as you are with the often unscrupulous tactics being taken by debt collectors and telemarketers. Too many people lives have been adversely affected by this.
This is why I utilize my experience as a consumer advocate to protect you from these often unlawful activities.
Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
The TCPA is a federal law that protects you from intrusive calls to your cell phone. It is illegal for any person or company to make a call to your cell phone with the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice.
What I have seen is that companies routinely make use of these technologies when calling cell phones. You should know that the only time these kinds of calls are allowed are for emergency purposes or if the cell phone owner has given the company express consent to call them at that number.
The TCPA is a strict liability statute. Meaning there are few defenses to these cases.
If you are getting these robocalls and robotexts from companies who you have not consented to have calling you, then you are entitled to statutory damages for each call. The minimum fine for each call is $500 and the maximum is $1,500.
When multiple calls have been made you receive the statutory damages for each call.