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D.C. Circuit May Have Finally Killed TCPA Class Actions Over Solicited Faxes Without Opt-Out Notices!

On Friday, in a split decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit entered its long-awaited ruling in Yaakov v. Federal Communications Commission, holding that “the FCC’s 2006 Solicited Fax Rule is [] unlawful to the extent that it requires opt-out notices on solicited faxes.” Order, Yaakov v. Federal Communications … Continue Reading

When a Published Data Breach is a Covered Data Breach

Can an inadvertent Internet posting of a patient’s medical information trigger insurance coverage for liability stemming from a data-breach class action? The Fourth Circuit held last week that it can, and it added to the growing body of case law construing what “publication” means in the context of whether class liability is covered by commercial … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Nixes Defendants’ Attempts to Get Rid of Class Actions by Making “Pickoff” Offers to Settle Named Plaintiffs’ Individual Claims

Editor’s Note: Originally published by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, this article appeared on their website March 10 2016. It is republished to BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog with their permission. The Supreme Court recently held that a defendant cannot get rid of a class action by merely offering to settle with the named plaintiff on … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions

Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live controversy remains between the parties. Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857. The upshot of the Court’s decision is that … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Allows Putative TCPA Class Action to Proceed, Citing FCC Ruling,

On October 23, 2015, the Third Circuit vacated a summary judgment decision in Yahoo, Inc.’s favor based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) order that expanded the definition of an “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  Dominguez v. Yahoo, Inc., No. 14-1751, slip op. at 9 (3d Cir. Oct. 23, 2015). The … Continue Reading

Judge Easterbrook Holds Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot an Individual TCPA Claim

As we covered here, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted certiorari in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), to decide the question of whether a full-relief offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68, made prior to the plaintiff’s moving for class certification, would moot a TCPA class action. The … Continue Reading

Supreme Court to decide if a TCPA class action can be mooted by a pre-certification offer of judgment

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court accepted certiorari to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Campbell-Eward Co. v. Gomez, 768 F.3d 871 (9th Cir. 2014), which involved a TCPA class action brought by the recipient of a text message that a contractor, defendant Campbell-Eward, sent on behalf of the U.S. Navy in May 2006. The … Continue Reading

Unprofessional Marketing: Illinois Appellate Court Denies Professional Liability Coverage for TCPA Violation

On November 26, 2014, an Illinois appellate court held that a professional liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because the insured’s robocalls did not constitute conduct of the insured’s business “in rendering services for others,” as required by … Continue Reading

Federal Magistrate Recommends Dismissing TCPA Class Claims Against Coke

Responding to an invitation to text can satisfy TCPA’s Express Consent Requirement In a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) putative class action against Coca-Cola and its marketing agent, a Northern District of Alabama magistrate judge recommended dismissal on September 3, 2014, of most of the plaintiff’s claims on grounds that the plaintiff gave Coca-Cola prior … Continue Reading

Those Blasted Exclusions! Court Rules that Notice of TCPA Exclusion in Renewal Policy was Valid

Last week, the Illinois Court of Appeals released an opinion ruling that Cincinnati Insurance Company has no obligation to contribute an additional $4 million to a settlement of a class action claim brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  Windmill Nursing Pavilion Ltd. v. Cincinnati Insurance Co. et al., 2013 IL App (1st) 122431 … Continue Reading

Not Just Yet, Again…Class Action Plaintiff Fails in Second Bid to Access a TCPA Defendant’s Insurance Coverage

On October 7, 2013, a Missouri federal court judge held that a class action plaintiff that alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lacked standing to seek coverage under the defendant’s insurance policies.  Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Harris Medical Associates, LLC, No. 4:13-CV-7 CAS, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri … Continue Reading

Karlsgodt and Winquist to Speak at Strafford Web Seminar

Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog contributors, Paul Karlsgodt and Justin Winquist, will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live phone/web seminar, “Class Actions for Telephone and Fax Solicitation and Advertising Post-Mims,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information or to register>> Or call 1-800-926-7926 ext. 10 (ask for TCPA Class Actions … Continue Reading

Recent Trends in Class Actions for Telephone and Fax Solicitation and Advertising

Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission to BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Monitor blog. Class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), 47 U.S.C. § 227, continue to be an active trend in consumer and privacy class action litigation. The TCPA, which was historically called the “fax blast” statute, prohibits unsolicited faxes and automated calls … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Rebukes Class Counsel

In a recent decision, the Seventh Circuit held that bad behavior by class counsel can lead to denial of class certification, even where that behavior doesn’t rise to the level of “the most egregious misconduct.” In Creative Montessori Learning Centers v. Ashford Gear LLC, 662 F.3d 913 (7th Cir. 2011), Plaintiffs brought a purported class … Continue Reading
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