What is a TCPA class action lawsuit?

By on January 15, 2013

A federal statute called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) forbids companies from reaching out to possible consumers on their cellular phones by using an “automatic telephone dialing system” or with “an artificial or prerecorded voice” without the individual’s previous permission.  Many courts have applied the TCPA to unsolicited text messages known as “text spam.”

A violation of the TCPA can result in a $500 fine for the company for each sent message.   Consumers who have received unsolicited messages from companies may sue to receive up to $1,500 per violation.  In recent months, many TCPA class action lawsuits have resulted in million dollar settlements for consumers.

Class action lawsuits alleging violations of TCPA have been filed against the following companies:

HSBC Bank U.S.A.

HSBC Sued For Making “Robo-Calls”

Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza Settles “Robo-Calls” Class Action

Papa John’s

Papa John’s (PZZA) Target of $250 Million Illegal Text Message Lawsuit; Stock Falls

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Robocalls

Coca-Cola Co.

Coca-Cola Target of Unsolicited Text Class Action Lawsuit