The FCC is allowing carriers to automatically opt consumers into call blocking programs—a move Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Artin Betpera and David Carter say could have unintended consequences for businesses.

The June 12 edition of Communications Daily includes comments from Betpera and Carter’s recent client alert on the topic.

“As well-intentioned as the FCC’s ruling might be, its departure from long-standing precedent may lead to the rule being challenged in court,” Betpera and Carter write. “Aside from this, given the permissive and largely open-ended nature of the FCC’s ruling, it is difficult to otherwise predict exactly how these new rules will play out, and whether carriers will choose to implement default call blocking in the first instance.”

Click here to read the full client alert “FCC’s New ‘Call Blocking by Default’ Rules Could Create Unintended Consequences for American Businesses .

Artin Betpera is a partner and trial lawyer with a national practice principally representing financial services companies in high stakes litigation in federal and state courts, involving both class and individual claims. He has developed a particular focus on Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation, but has significant experience in traditional commercial litigation, and regularly appears on behalf of some of the country’s most significant banks and financial institutions. He also manages and supervises a litigation team serving the firm’s clients across the state of California.

David Carter counsels telecom carriers through a range of business disputes, often against entrenched incumbents and involving new business models and service offerings. As an experienced litigation attorney, David represents carriers in both state and federal courts, as well as before the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory agencies. His clients include international as well as domestic telecom companies.