Date/Time: Thursday, February 15, 6:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1500 K Street, NW

The FCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee will sponsor a CLE on Thursday, February 15 from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. entitled “Robocalling – What’s Next on The TCPA Front at The FCC And Beyond.”  This program will be held at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, 1500 K Street, NW.


6:00 – 6:05 p.m.         Welcome and Introductions

6:05 – 7:15 p.m.         Steps the FCC Is (or Should Be) Taking to Address Unwanted Robocalls

The first panel will provide an overview of recent FCC activities related to robocalls and the TCPA.  In particular, the panel will provide a primer on the recently adopted Report and Order that enables voice service providers to block calls from invalid, unallocated, and unassigned numbers before they ever reach a consumer’s phone.  The panel will then review some recent enforcement actions against individuals and entities that allegedly transmitted unlawful robocalls to consumers.  Finally, the panelists will discuss some common themes in the numerous petitions for clarification of the TCPA currently pending before the FCC, as well as other potential ways for the FCC to address unwanted robocalls without disrupting legitimate communications between businesses and consumers.


Claude Aiken, Legal Advisor, Wireline, to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Co-Chair, FCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee


Mark Stone, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

Kristi Thompson, Deputy Chief, Telecommunications Consumers Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC

Hassan Zavareei, Partner, Tycko &Zavareei LLP

Kevin Rupy, Vice President of Law & Policy, USTelecom

Leah Dempsey, Senior Director of Advocacy & Counsel, Credit Union National Association

7:15 – 7:25 p.m.         Break

7:25 – 8:15 p.m.         What to Expect from the Congress, FTC and the Courts on the TCPA front in 2018

The second panel will discuss how other stakeholders may potentially engage on TCPA and robocall issues in 2018.  Specifically, the panelists will discuss the likelihood of congressional amendments to the statute and how the FTC may utilize its Telemarketing Sales Rule as a complement to the FCC’s enforcement actions.  Additionally, the panelists will provide an overview of recent trends in private class-action TCPA litigation, and how government intervention would affect such trends.

John Heitmann, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Co-Chair, FCBA Privacy and Data Security Committee



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