I am Attorney Jeremy Glapion, and I STILL sue companies that just. won't. stop. calling. you. AMA!
I was not the attorney on either case, but I am an attorney who sues companies under the same law, known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").
I am also a 29 year old solo practitioner who left a stable job to start my own law firm, a graduate of Louisiana State University and Harvard Law School, an avid gamer, and an annual Blizzcon attendee.
If you are having
girl problemsdeja vu, that's because I did an AmA on this topic last July. But interest exceeded my wildest expectations and I continue to receive messages about this topic even today, so it seemed to make sense to do another.
For the curious: as a result of the last AmA, I have been able to recover over $300,000 for Redditors. From here on out, should I take a case from someone who mentions that they saw any of my AmAs, I will donate 10% of my fee from that case to a registered charity of that Redditor's choice.
To answer the most burning question: No, I cannot afford the Oculus Rift.
Proof: Blog Post on my website
Ask me anything! I'll be here all day (and longer, since this is my main account).
Please remember that nothing in this thread should be construed as legal advice or as forming an attorney/client relationship.
(If you're feeling adventurous, continue reading below the line, where I explain a little bit more about the law, and then ask me anything)
About the TCPA
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") is meant to protect people from unwanted and unsolicited telephone calls and faxes, and provides for potential recovery of $500-$1500 per unsolicited call made using certain types of equipment. The rules are a little different depending on whether you're getting calls on your cell phone, landline, VoIP, or if you're getting junk faxes.
Here is a cheat sheet I made for the last AmA. But, to summarize:
- Unsolicited text messages, prerecorded/artificial voice calls, or calls made using an "automatic dialing system"
- Without your consent (for telemarketing, consent must be in writing; for non-telemarketing, consent can as simple as giving your number)
- Political callers and charities are not exempt.
- Wrong number calls (e.g. wrong number debt collection calls) count.
- Consent can be revoked ("Stop calling me."). Try and document the name/date/etc of when you revoked, if possible.
- Prerecorded/artificial voice telemarketing calls only UNLESS
- Your number is on the do not call list, then any unsolicited telemarketing is illegal.
- If you pay per minute/call, treat like a cell phone. If you pay like you would with a residential line, treat like landline.
- Unsolicited fax advertisement? Illegal.
Do Not Call List
- You do not need to be on the do not call list for the calls above to be illegal, but if you are, and you receive two or more telemarketing calls that would also violate any of the other parts of the statute, you may be able to get an additional $500-$1500 per call.
Edit 1 1:39 PM Eastern: Taking my first break to eat lunch, but I will be back and continue answering questions for as long as they roll in.
Edit 2 1:49 PM Eastern: For you, I eat quickly. I am back!
Edit 3 4:46 PM Eastern: Taking a 20-30 minute break, but will continue answering when I get back.
Edit 4 5:29 PM Eastern: Back!
Edit 5: 6:21 PM Eastern: I am stepping away for dinner/family time/etc, but I will continue to answer questions through the night and beyond. I am on Reddit daily. So, keep 'em coming! Or just catch the next one in 6 months or so...
Edit 6 11:12 AM Eastern 1/9/16: Just answered dozens more questions. No question is ever too late! I am on Reddit more than I actually work...wait, I shouldn't say that, should I? But for real, if you ask, even a month from now, I'll answer.