SCOTUS: TCPA exception violates First Amendment

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Supreme Court Monday released its decision in a lawsuit, Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc., challenging the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) exception for government-backed debt. The Supreme Court found that it violates the First Amendment, upholding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s decision in the case.Under the exception, calls intended to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the U.S. are exempt from the TCPA. The Supreme Court found that this provision is severable from the TCPA, leaving the rest of the law intact. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also previously found the exception violates the constitution.In addition to this issue, the Supreme Court could review the TCPA’s definition of an autodialer. In 2018, the Ninth Circuit expanded the definition; NAFCU has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take a narrower approach to defining an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS).NAFCU has actively engaged with the FCC on efforts to modernize the TCPA for many years to ensure credit unions can contact their members regarding important, time-sensitive information, without fear of frivolous litigation.last_img read more

New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward

first_img Tweet Tropical Storm Maria 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, the centre of Maria, the latest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic, was located about 1,205 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving toward the west near 23 mph.According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, this rapid motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours with a gradual decrease in forward speed thereafter. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast.An air force reconnaissance plane is scheduled to reach Maria late Thursday.Meanwhile, Hurricane Katia is located about 335 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and is forecast to pass between Bermuda and the east coast of the United States Wednesday night and Thursday, moving toward the northwest near 10 mph.A turn toward the north-northwest is expected Wednesdaynight, followed by a turn toward the north and then the north-northeast with an increase in forward speed late Thursday and early Friday.Maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph, with higher gusts. Katia is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.Large swells generated by katia will continue to affect Bermuda and east-facing beaches of the Bahamas during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.Tropical-storm-force winds, especially in gusts, are possible in Bermuda through Thursday. Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 2 inches across Bermuda.A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Bermuda.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional New Tropical Storm Maria racing westward by: – September 8, 2011center_img Share Share 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more