Many of us have, at one point or another, received an unsolicited call
to our cell phones. Whether they come from debt collectors or telemarketers,
they are annoying. Not only are these calls bothersome, but when the caller
places them without consent, they are also illegal under the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). What many people don’t realize,
however, is that unsolicited text messages sent by creditors and solicitors
alike are also violations of the TCPA.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission cited Lyft, Uber’s
chief competitor, for violating the TCPA by forcing users of its mobile
feature to accept unsolicited text messages and robocalls (automated calls
using an automatic dialing apparatus.) In fact, Lyft prevents its users
from getting a ride unless they accept robocalls and text messages offering
Lyft attempted to cure this issue by allowing its users to opt out of receiving
such calls and texts to cell phones. However, unsubscribing from such
marketing calls and texts actually prevents customers from using Lyft’s services.
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First National Bank was also cited for the same violation. Like Lyft, First
National Bank required its customers to accept robocalls and text messages
as a precursor for using its services. Both companies are subject to legal
action including, but not limited to, fines if these violations are not remedied.
While some consumers choose to ignore such calls and texts to their cell
phones, they are a real nuisance to many mobile subscribers. Those without
the luxury of unlimited calling and messaging data packages are in danger
of incurring unwanted fees from such disturbances. Consumers are urged
to track all unsolicited texts and calls, especially those after verbal
revocation of consent have been provided to companies committing these
Sulaiman Law Group, LTD has decades of experience assisting clients with
their legal needs. Please contact the Chicago consumer protection lawyers
from our firm for more information on how we can help you: (312) 313-1613.