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The FCC Clarifies that Certain Communications to COVID-19 Patients Fall with TCPA’s “Emergency Purposes” Safe Harbor

USA - July 31 2020 In a Public Notice issued July 28, 2020, the FCC confirmed that the TCPA’s safe harbor for calls or text messages made for “emergency purposes”…

Laura H. Phillips

Supreme Court Strikes Government-Debt Exception But Saves Other Restrictions on Automated Telephone Equipment

USA - July 8 2020 On July 6, 2020, the Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated—and highly fractured—ruling in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants…

Michael P. Daly, Deanna J. Hayes, Marsha J. Indych

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Business-Closure Order, Rules That COVID-19 Is a ‘Natural Disaster’

USA - April 16 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the United States, numerous state governments — including Pennsylvania’s — have ordered all…

Robert J. Mancuso, Ashlee A. Paxton-Turner, Mark D. Taticchi

Second Circuit Joins Ninth Circuit in Adopting Expansive Interpretation of ATDS, But Carves Out Smartphones

USA - April 10 2020 In a decision released on April 7, the Second Circuit joined the Ninth Circuit in adopting an expansive interpretation of what qualifies as an…

Matthew J. Fedor