Effort to further expand flood of TCPA class actions rejected by FCC

While the petition did not directly reference the TCPA, the granting of the petition would have opened a new front for TCPA class action litigation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently denied a petition for rule-making filed by Solvable Frustrations, Inc., which sought amendments to the FCC’s rules to allow class actions to be brought before the FCC against common carriers for alleged violations of FCC rules and regulations. While the petition did not directly reference the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the granting of the petition would have opened a new front for TCPA class action litigation.

The petitioner, Solvable Frustrations, Inc., is a social network that aggregates customer complaints and seeks to “use legal and media resources to convince or require wayward corporations or other entities to fix the damage they caused.” The petition argued that the FCC should supplement its rules to allow class actions because such actions “provide a number of benefits that reinforce the goals of the Commission,” including allowing class members to share litigation costs, making it possible for wronged individuals to seek relief for minor injuries, and conserving administrative resources.

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Ana Tagvoryan

Ana Tagvoryan handles a wide variety of privacy, social media, and unfair competition matters in federal and state courts of California. She is a member...

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Joshua Briones

Joshua Briones advises clients regarding compliance with state and federal laws, which govern the use and disclosure of consumer information. Mr. Briones is a member...

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