John Ryan Discusses the State of Litigation and Compliance Involving the TCPA With Compliance Week

December 6, 2016

John Ryan — a Chicago-based partner in the Consumer Financial Services Practice at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP — offered his insights on the state of litigation and compliance involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in the article "For Whom the Ring Tolls: Companies Struggle With TCPA," published in Compliance Week on December 6, 2016. Says Ryan in the article, “At the time the law was passed, only a small percentage of Americans had cell phones[.] Now, if you fast forward, there are studies showing that 60 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 50 don’t have a home phone number. There are more restrictions on calling cell phones than a home landline. If a debt collector is calling a home landline, they do not need express consent to make that call; if they are calling on a cell phone, they need consent. Now, because cell phones are being used like landlines, they should probably be treated like landlines.” He adds, "[t]he more policies and procedures you have in place to prevent a TCPA claim, the more you will hopefully prevent a class from being certified[.] Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate those individual claims, unless you want to manually dial and use artificial prerecorded voices and reduce your productivity by a thousand-fold.”

Read the article "For Whom the Ring Tolls: Companies Struggle With TCPA" on the Compliance Week website. (sub. req.)

Ryan handles matters involving consumer protection statutes and consumer class actions, including the TCPA. He has a strong research and writing background and has written numerous successful motions, including several that defeated large consumer class actions.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with over 450 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.