With virtually no limits on recoverable damages, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has spawned thousands of high-exposure class actions across the United States. The TCPA restricts telephone solicitations (i.e., telemarketing) and the use of automated telephone equipment, and limits the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and fax machines. Large private and public companies have been forced into multi-million-dollar settlements, while numerous smaller companies have gone out of business altogether. The litigation is not slowing down. Indeed, more and more cases are being filed every day. Some of the plaintiffs' bar's best and brightest lawyers have formed practices centered entirely on TCPA litigation, and the size of recent settlements has only added more fuel to the TCPA fire.
Recognizing the dangers inherent in these actions, Locke Lord is one of the few AmLaw100 firms with a practice section and team of lawyers devoted to defending these complex cases. Locke Lord's TCPA Litigation and Compliance Section is comprised of trial lawyers and litigators across the Firm's offices, including in the two jurisdictions that see the majority of this litigation – Illinois and California. These lawyers spend a significant amount of time defending TCPA class actions for some of the nation's biggest companies. Unlike other firms, we do not spend our clients' time learning the law. In addition to regularly watching case filings against our clients, our lawyers monitor every new TCPA decision rendered by federal and state trial and appellate courts across the country on a daily basis so we are up-to-the-minute on TCPA law. Having handled dozens of TCPA cases, we have developed pleadings and motions addressing most of the major TCPA issues. These resources allow us to devote our time to quickly and efficiently tailoring a defense that meets the unique circumstances of any case.
As a result of our extensive experience, knowledge and dedication to this area of the law, we are retained by some of the country's biggest and most successful private and public (Fortune 500) companies to defend their most dangerous and complex TCPA class actions against the very best plaintiffs lawyers.
Our lawyers have extensive experience handling the three primary TCPA action types – fax cases, allegations of calls to cellular telephones and SMS (text messaging) lawsuits. In addition to our first-class litigators, our team also features compliance and regulatory lawyers who focus their efforts on creating and implementing TCPA-compliant policies and procedures for clients concerned about TCPA issues.
The lawyers in our section practice as a cohesive team. Each case is staffed with an efficient mix of partners, associates, counsel and paralegals, depending on the potential exposure and the particular circumstances involved. Every individual has a defined role – a substantive or procedural area in which he or she has developed a particular proficiency in the handling of TCPA class actions, resulting in efficient service for our clients.