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    National TCPA Defense Leader Arent Fox Wins Summary Judgment Once Again In TCPA Class Action Case

    February 24, 2016

    Washington, DC — On February 23, 2016, Arent Fox LLP obtained summary judgment for VoiceShot, LLC when a federal district court judge ruled the cloud communications service provider could not be liable in a class action lawsuit that claimed the company violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This decision and those before it solidifies Arent Fox’s position as a national leader in TCPA defense, particularly for cloud communications companies, communications platform providers, and other forward-looking technology companies.
    Communications, Technology & Mobile partner Michael B. Hazzard led the team from Arent Fox that delivered a complete victory before the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Arent Fox successfully argued that, as a common carrier that did not initiate the text messages in question, VoiceShot cannot have liability under the TCPA. A link to the decision is here.
    “This is the fifth positive federal court decision we have obtained in less than two years for our cloud communications clients, demonstrating that their business practices fully comply with all aspects of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. We are very grateful for Judge Lefkow’s detailed and well-reasoned decision,” said Mr. Hazzard. VoiceShot was also represented by senior associate Adam D. Bowser.
    In addition to obtaining a steady string of federal court victories dismissing class action lawsuits, the Arent Fox team has favorably resolved numerous TCPA claims without the need for expensive discovery or motions practice. “Our focus is always on obtaining the best possible result as efficiently as possible,” Hazzard continued. “We have been able to resolve some cases with a couple of phone calls or a letter. Others unfortunately go to summary judgment. Either way, our team always stays focused on our client’s best interest.”
    Arent Fox’s Communications, Technology & Mobile practice is recognized by Legal 500 as a national leader in litigation, regulatory, and transactional counsel. Quick, smart, and strategic, the group advises established telecommunications providers, technology and software companies, large defense contractors, universities, research networks, and entrepreneurs operating in the communications and high-tech space.