Companies are prohibited from making telephone calls using automated telephone dialing equipment or prerecorded voice messages to U.S. cell phone or land line numbers, unless the company has express consent from the person contacted. And companies may not send you advertisements via text message, unless they have your permission.
The law that prohibits this conduct is the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). If you receive unwanted messages, you may have the right to bring a claim under the TCPA to recover your damages. And these lawsuits have become frequent in the last few years. For example, in one case from Illinois, a settlement was announced in October 2015 whereby the defendant company, a national bank, will pay $34,000,000 to settle claims that it engaged in prohibited telemarketing solicitations.
If you have received telemarketing calls without your consent, please give us a call to see if we can help you.