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Top 10 2018 TCPA News Stories Video Countdown

Legal developments surrounding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) happened at a breakneck pace last year. With that in mind, the firm’s TCPA Defense Force has reflected on the past year and compiled a helpful video countdown spotlighting the ten most important TCPA developments that could impact your business. The trends and developments discussed in the video are important reminders for in-house counsel and compliance officers at any company that makes autodialed calls or sends marketing text messages.

Spoilers ahead – so look away if you don’t want to know the topics addressed in this video!

This year’s top 10 countdown, includes the following significant developments from 2018:

  1. Record-Breaking Fines (John Nelson)
  2. Eighth Circuit Holds TCPA Plaintiff Lacks Standing (Erin Kubota)
  3. Stopping Bad Robocalls Act and The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act (Ernesto Mendieta)
  4. Multiple courts uphold text “STOP” to opt out (Tania Seanpanah)
  5. Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation (Shane Micheil)
  6. Reassigned numbers database (Susan Nikdel)
  7. Text messages classified as “Information Service” (Puja Amin)
  8. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Cases Involving Agency Deference (Josh Anderson)
  9. ATDS Interpretation Debate (Nadia Adams)
  10. D.C. Circuit Court Decision (Nicole Su)

TCPA Defense Force Chair David Carter and partner Artin Betpera also contributed to the Top 10 2018 TCPA News Stories Video Countdown.

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About this Author


Companies rely on David Carter to guide them in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance matters and to defend them against allegations of TCPA violations. He has represented both closely held and publicly traded companies facing TCPA claims with potential liability in excess of $500 million. David runs the TCPA Defense Force whose mission is to reduce TCPA risk, allowing companies to communicate with consumers responsibly and without fear of legal consequences.


Artin Betpera, Class action litigation lawyer, Womble

Artin is a partner in the firm’s business litigation practice group.  Precise and analytic, Artin brings over a decade of experience to bear on complex litigation problems.

Artin adeptly manages significant volumes of litigation for some of the country’s largest banks and financial institutions, never losing sight of providing an exceptional level of service to his clients.  He has been a dedicated financial services litigator since starting the practice of law at ground-zero of the financial crisis, affording him with an unparalleled depth of experience, versatility, and strategic vision.  With honed skills and clarity of thought, Artin is able to efficiently develop and execute bespoke defense strategies to ensure consistently favorable litigation outcomes for his clients. 

Artin’s innovative approaches are particularly well-suited to Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation.  He stands with his team at the leading edge of every development in the law and collaboratively draws upon the strengths of his colleagues to provide sound guidance to his clients around every twist and turn of the constant changes in the TCPA landscape at the district court, appellate, and regulatory levels. 

Artin has also written extensively on TCPA developments, as well as developments in other aspects of financial services regulations including state and federal mortgage servicing laws.  He frequently presents on these topics to the industry through speaking engagements and webinars. 


Puja Amin practices business litigation with a focus in commercial and finance defense. Puja is part of a nationally-recognized team with broad experience defending some of the nation’s largest and most influential financial institutions against complaints involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Since the beginning of her career, Puja has provided extensive support and representation throughout all stages of litigation, including motion practice, document discovery, working with experts, negotiating settlements and mediation. She is experienced in handling a broad variety...

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Erin Kubota Attorney California Womble Bond Dickinson
Senior Counsel

Erin represents clients in commercial litigation matters in both federal and state courts and has tried several month-long cases before juries in California. Erin’s practice encompasses all aspects of complex commercial litigation, including in state and federal courts and at both the trial and appellate levels. She represents banks, financial institutions and companies in litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Electronic Funds Transfer Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection...

Ernesto Mendieta Telecom Attorney

Ernesto Mendieta is an experienced bilingual attorney with a history of helping international clients resolve complex matters.  

Ernesto began his career in Mexico as an associate at one of the world’s largest law firms, before specializing in telecommunications law at Mexico’s preeminent telecommunication boutique firm. In that capacity, Ernesto worked with competitive carriers entering the Mexican telecommunications market on all aspects of regulatory compliance and corporate formation. He helped several U.S. companies start operations in Mexico as ISPs, MVNOs, resellers and e-...