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Eleventh Circuit Bans Incentive Payments to Lead Plaintiffs in Class Actions

In what appears to be a first, the Eleventh Circuit recently held that federal law prohibits so-called “incentive payments” to class representatives, even as part of an agreed settlement. The court acknowledged that it was forging a new path in Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC, 975 F.3d 1244, 1248–49 (11th Cir. 2020)—identifying errors that it said had “become commonplace in everyday...

Would-Be TCPA Plaintiff Cannot Unilaterally Revoke Contractual Consent to be Called

The Eleventh Circuit has joined the Second in holding that consent to be called using an autodialer and/or prerecorded messages, given as part of a contract, cannot be unilaterally withdrawn.  Medley v. DISH Network, LLC, 2020 WL 2092594 (11th Cir. May 1, 2020). Linda Medley entered into a 24-month agreement with DISH Network to receive satellite television services for a monthly fee. ...

Eleventh Circuit Holds That TCPA’s Definition of “Automatic Telephone Dialing System” Requires Use of Random or Sequential Number Generator

Addressing a question that has divided courts in a decision that will substantially affect the scope of liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), the Eleventh Circuit has held that equipment is not an “automatic telephone dialing system” under the TCPA unless the equipment employs random or sequential number generation and requires no human intervention.  Glasser...

Eleventh Circuit Splits with Ninth in Holding that Recipient of a Single Unsolicited Text Message Lacks Standing to Assert a TCPA Claim

John Salcedo received a single unsolicited text message from the firm of his former lawyer, offering a discount on future services.  Salcedo sued the lawyer and the law firm, seeking statutory and treble damages for alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  In his complaint, Salcedo alleged that the text message caused him “to waste his time answering or...

Hotels Can’t Complain About Solicited Faxes, Even When They Don’t Require an Opt-Out Notice

The Eleventh Circuit was asked in Gorss Motels, Inc. v. Safemark Systems, LP, 2019 WL 3384191 (11th Cir. July 26, 2019), to decide whether a fax recipient provided prior express permission to receive faxes from a sender under the TCPA and, if so, whether the faxes needed to contain opt-out notices under an agency regulation.  The plaintiffs were hotel operators who agreed in their...

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