Archive: July 12, 2016

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FCC Finds Federal Government and its Contractors Immune From TCPA Liability

FCC Finds Federal Government and its Contractors Immune From TCPA Liability

By Joseph C. Wylie II, Molly K. McGinley, Nicole C. Mueller

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC” or “Commission”) released a Declaratory Ruling clarifying that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”) does not apply to autodialed or prerecorded- or artificial-voice phone calls, including text messages, made by the federal government and its contractors who are acting within the scope of their authority.  The FCC did not address whether the TCPA continues to apply to state and local governments and their agents.

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