COSTA MESA, CALIF.—Law360 spoke to Eric Troutman about a petition to the FCC that would narrow the definition of “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a number of other advocacy groups filed the petition in response to a D.C. Circuit Court ruling that struck down part of an FCC order expanding the scope of the TCPA. But while the D.C. court’s ruling said the FCC’s definition of “autodialer” was overly broad, it didn’t offer an alternative definition for the term, which is what the petition aims to do.
Troutman said the petition could be groundbreaking if the FCC adopts its recommendations.
“If the FCC were to grant the chamber’s petition, it would finally put the TCPA genie back in the bottle,” he tells Law360.
“In past years, efforts to lobby the petition were largely initiated by trades independent of one another, but it looks like everyone is backing the chamber’s push on this one. It remains to be seen, of course, what the FCC does with the petition, but with this sort of firepower, it’s a safe bet that the FCC will not be ignoring the chamber’s request,” Troutman said.
Click here to read “FCC Urged To Embrace Narrow TCPA ‘Autodialer’ Definition” at Law360.
Also, click here to read about Law360’s coverage of Troutman and his TCPA team joining Womble Bond Dickinson.