Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani Hartford Litigation Partner Thomas C. Blatchley presented a live webinar on “2019 Trends and Developments in the TCPA: How Will It Affect the Future of Litigation and Compliance” with The Knowledge Group on August 16, 2019. Joining Blatchley in delivering this webcast presentation was Amisha Patel of Dechert LLP and Thomas A. Woods of Stoel Rives LLP.
This panel of key thought leaders and professionals brought the audience to a road beyond the basics of defending against TCPA lawsuits and as they delved into the in-depth analysis of the current compliance trends and recent court rulings.The speakers also provided the audience with practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate. Specifically, this webcast featured legal leaders discussing TCPA litigation – notable cases, TCPA compliance issues and trends, best compliance practices, litigation strategies, and 2019 outlook.
Blatchley’s presentation delved into the novel issue of ringless voicemail, an emerging technology and recent hotbed of TCPA litigation. Blatchley also discussed direct and vicarious liability and means to avoid TCPA liability for calls, texts, and faxes made by third-party entities. Blatchley also overviewed recent FCC rulings and pending federal legislation shaping the TCPA and robocalls generally. Blatchley concluded with tips to avoid TCPA claims and liability generally, and practice pointers for effectively defending TCPA individual and class actions.
Tom Blatchley is a partner in the firm’s Hartford office. He represents a variety of clients in complex litigation in federal and state courts. His practice focuses on litigation matters concerning business/commercial disputes, employment practices liability, insurance defense and coverage, professional liability, products liability, consumer defense, and environmental and land use. Blatchley frequently defends nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and unfair competition statutes, including, just as some examples, the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).