Law360 quoted Manatt’s Christine Reilly, chair of the firm’s TCPA compliance and class action defense practice, in an article about the rising costs of fighting class action suits.
According to the publication, consumer complaints over unsolicited calls, texts or faxes have skyrocketed over the last decade.
The Federal Communications Commission under Barack Obama’s administration was perceived as consumer friendly, Reilly said. After Donald Trump assumed the presidency in January, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai of the FCC was named its chairman.
“Under Chairman Pai, we will see TCPA-related decisions that are still protecting consumers but are more sensible to businesses,” Reilly said. “Some companies might think that under Trump and Pai, they don’t need to worry about the TCPA, but they will still need to be vigilant to stay compliant. Unless there is major legislation to detract from the cap on damages or remove a private right of action, we will continue to see these lawsuits filed.”