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The FCC’s Tough New Telemarketing Rules: What Every Business Needs to Know

Product Code - LGN207
Speaker(s): Paul C. Besozzi, Patton Boggs LLP; Martin W. Jaszczuk, Locke Lord LLP; Kevin S. Ranlett, Mayer Brown LLP
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Last month, new rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) went into effect that will make it much harder for American businesses to place telemarketing calls.

The rules—enacted by the FCC pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)—not only restrict what constitutes “prior express consent” but also eliminate companies’ “established business relationship” exemption for making calls.

The faculty for this program, comprised of attorneys from three leading firms, will discuss the potential impact of the rules, recent trends in TCPA class actions, and what companies can and should do to avoid liability.

Educational Objectives:

• Receive a detailed explanation of the Federal Communication Commission’s new rules implementing the TCPA.
• Understand the potential impact of the rules, such as the FCC’s new interpretation of “prior express consent” and the elimination of the “established business relationship” exception.
• Hear about recent trends in TCPA class actions.
• Learn what you can do to help your company or client avoid liability under the new rules.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?

Counsel advising companies that conduct telephonic marketing; privacy practitioners; in-house corporate counsel; marketing professionals.

Program Level: Intermediate

Credit Available: CLE. For additional information, please see the “CLE Credit” tab.

Paul C. Besozzi, Patton Boggs LLP; Martin W. Jaszczuk, Locke Lord LLP; Kevin S. Ranlett, Mayer Brown LLP

Paul C. Besozzi, Patton Boggs LLP
Paul Besozzi concentrates in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 25 years in these fields includes handling regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

Before joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Besozzi was a partner in his own telecommunications law firm for a decade, after serving as general counsel and minority counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. Mr. Besozzi served as a member and editor of the Georgetown Law Journal during law school and was elected Phi Beta Kappa while attending Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Besozzi earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.B.A. from George Washington University, and a B.S.F.S., cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia and is also admitted to practice before several courts of appeal, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Martin W. Jaszczuk, Locke Lord LLP
Martin Jaszczuk is the head of Locke Lord’s TCPA Class Action Litigation Section. Mr. Jaszczuk focuses his practice on the defense of privacy class action lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. He represents some of the country's largest public and private companies in their bet-the-company TCPA class actions throughout the United States. He has written numerous articles and is often sought out to speak at seminars on the topic.

Mr. Jaszczuk routinely defends companies that have been alleged to have violated the TCPA and to help corporations structure effective and compliant telemarketing programs to avoid TCPA lawsuits and regulatory actions in the first place. In addition to his TCPA practice, Mr. Jaszczuk has also represented companies in complex business and commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance coverage actions, securities litigation and FINRA arbitrations, and real estate-related matters.

Mr. Jaszczuk earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from John Marshall Law School and an LL.B. from the University of Manitoba. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Manitoba as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Kevin S. Ranlett, Mayer Brown LLP
Kevin Ranlett is a partner in his firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate and Consumer Litigation & Class Actions practices. He has defended businesses in dozens of complex class and representative actions in state and federal courts across the country and before the American Arbitration Association. In addition to drafting critical trial motions, Mr. Ranlett has a substantial appellate practice. He has written merits or amicus briefs in appeals involving issues of class certification, arbitration, securities law, federal preemption, the Alien Tort Statute, punitive damages, and employment discrimination. He also advises businesses in drafting and enforcing consumer and employee arbitration agreements.

Mr. Ranlett is a co-editor of Class Defense, his firm’s blog on key issues affecting class action law and policy. He also has served as a Professional Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School, where he taught advanced appellate advocacy. Before joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Ranlett clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Mr. Ranlett earned a J.D., with high honors, from The University of Chicago Law School and a B.A., with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin. He is admitted to practice in Texas, the District of Columbia, and New York as well as before several courts of appeal, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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