Telephone Consumer Protection Act | TCPA Violations
What is the TCPA and how is it violated?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act |TCPA Violations Explained
Do you ever get those annoying calls, often called “Robocalls”, where you hear some prerecorded message? Or do you get calls from businesses, telemarketers, or debt collectors who don’t have your permission to call you? Maybe you get text messages from businesses who you never gave permission to text you. All of these calls have something in common: they violate the TCPA or Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) is a federal law first created by Congress in 1991. The TCPA restricts telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment. The TCPA limits how companies can use automatic dialing systems, artificial and prerecorded voice messages, text messages, and faxes. The law also creates requirements for companies to use proper identification in any allowable prerecorded messages.
Businesses frequently use the kind of automated calling technology that the TCPA restricts. Most people know too well the experience of getting a call from some strange number. When you answer you often hear a pause (while their computer is connecting their system to your call). Then, you might hear a live person or even a prerecorded message. Debt collectors and telemarketers are some of the worst violators of these laws, but many other businesses also use this automated technology in ways that violate the TCPA.
What Can You Do?
Luckily, the TCPA law has penalties for businesses who violate its provisions. These penalties basically create a system where private individuals are empowered to hold businesses accountable for their illegal practices. The TCPA sets dollar penalties for calls, texts, or faxes that violate its provisions. Depending on whether the violating call is considered negligent or intentional by the court, the fine is either $500 or $1,500 per call. For example, if you received ten robocalls to your cell phone from a business that didn’t have your permission to call you, then you could receive as much as $15,000.
We have represented people who have received dozens or even hundreds of calls and have recovered large cash payments for them. Even if you have received only 1 or 2 calls from a business we can help you. Contact us today.
The TCPA restricts robocalls to your cell phone when the business does not have your prior consent to call you. Even if you once did business with the company or consented to their calls by opting in, you can revoke that consent at any time and all subsequent calls will be in violation of the TCPA. If you gave prior consent you should consider sending the business a letter revoking consent to contact you, though you can just do it orally over the phone. If you send a letter by certified mail you will have better proof in case you decide to file a lawsuit.
Wrong Number Calls
We pursue numerous cases for clients who receive wrong number robocalls. For instance, say you are getting calls from a debt collector about someone else’s debt who you have never heard of. However they got your number doesn’t matter. They are violating the law. Contact us today and let us put a stop to the calls and get you a cash reward.
What Should You Do When You Get Robocalls?
Keep a log of all robocalls. Note the date, time, and number of the caller. Take a screenshot of the call if you know how. Save any voicemails they leave. CONTACT US! We can do the rest to get you a cash recovery.
We Have The Experience To Get You Cash For The Calls
If you’re looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive TCPA Lawyer, then you’re in the right place! Call or email us to find out how we can get you cash for your robocalls.
If you think you may be the victim of illegal robocalls and texts, then contact your Florida and California TCPA lawyer for a free consultation. Protect your rights and receive just compensation! Call or email us today for a free evaluation of your case. We take TCPA cases on contingency: no fees unless you win. We are paid a percentage of the damages we help you recover.
Debt Collection Alerts
A list of debt collectors and robocallers that may have called you illegally. Go to List.
What Are Robocalls?
Autodialed calls and prerecorded messages.
Wrong Number Calls
You have a TCPA case!