Fed. Courts May Face TCPA Flood After High Court Ruling

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 1:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's reversal Wednesday of a decision that had confined suits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act to state court may well open the floodgates for those suits in federal court, despite the justices' assertion to the contrary, attorneys say.

In a unanimous decision, the high court held that the TCPA's provision allowing private citizens to seek redress for violations of the act or its accompanying regulations "in an appropriate court of [a] state" does not deprive U.S. district courts of their authority to adjudicate claims "arising under the laws of the U.S." under Section 1331 of the...

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