Lately, it’s not often that the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of consumers. But yesterday, SCOTUS ruled 9-0 that cases under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, known as the TCPA, can be filed in federal court, not just in state court. The case, Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, involves annoying auto-dialed phone calls made by a debt collector to a consumer without his consent.
We’ve written about the TCPA on this blog before. The TCPA prevents harassing phone practices such as calling a cell phone with an automatic dialer and calling a home phone line to leave a prerecorded message. The law awards up to $1,500 in damages for each offending call.
If you are receiving robo-calls to your cell phone, or prerecorded messages to your home phone, get in touch.