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Ring in the New Year With Fewer TCPA Risks

On December 12, 2018, the FCC established a Reassigned Phone Number Database.  This database is intended to reduce unwanted calls while allowing debt collectors and telemarketers a resource to purge reassigned numbers from their call lists to avoid potential Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) liability.

The approved order establishes a single, comprehensive reassigned numbers database that will enable callers to verify whether a telephone number has been permanently disconnected and a minimum aging period of 45 days before permanently disconnected telephone numbers can be reassigned. 

The FCC is also providing callers a safe harbor from TCPA liability for calls to reassigned numbers caused by a database error. 

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Karen Hockstad, Dinsmore shohl, business attorney, tax lawyer

With extensive experience representing a wide variety of businesses and entrepreneurs, Karen is adept at counseling clients through a variety of transactional and tax matters. She also has experience in guiding her clients through litigation, having represented clients in cases throughout the country. Her unique background allows her to see and help avoid potential litigation issues in business transactions. Her business and tax knowledge is an asset in helping her commercial litigation clients. Karen is a member of the Corporate and Litigation Departments.