On October 27, 2015, the Missouri Attorney General filed a lawsuit against two telemarketing companies that solicit donations on behalf of charitable organizations in the state, and against the companies’ co-owners. Regular readers of this blog know that these have been very eventful times for telemarketers, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the breadth of relief to which a plaintiff is entitled under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), other federal courts opine on the definition of an “autodialer,” and the Federal Communications Commission releases consumer complaint data weekly.
Missouri’s action is not simply an example of piling-on: it is a stark reminder that telemarketers who work for nonprofit organizations must still comply with many of the TCPA’s provisions (as well as those of the TCPA’s cousin, the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR)). Some businesses that operate in the nonprofit sector – particularly the charity sector – believe that laws impacting the commercial industry do not similarly apply to them; this can be a costly mistake.
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