Ellen Silverman Authors Article on Minnesota Automatic Dialing-Announcing Devices Statute

July 12, 2016

Ellen B. Silverman, a partner in the Consumer Financial Services group at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article "Minnesota’s Automatic Dialing Statute: You May be Liable for Calling a Wrong Number in Minnesota," published by on July 12, 2016. 

The article examines the Minnesota Automatic Dialing-Announcing Devices statute, which provides that calling a Minnesota telephone line using an auto dialer and pre-recorded voice, without prior express consent, and without a current business relationship, could result in liability for actual damages, and attorneys' fees. Ms. Silverman discuses that although the statute seems to have been aimed at curbing use of an automatic dialing-announcing device (ADAD) by telemarketers, the statutory language is not limited and applies to all callers. As a result, a debt collector who dials a wrong number in Minnesota and uses an ADAD without first obtaining the subscriber's consent through a live operator may be liable under the statute.

Read the full article "Minnesota’s Automatic Dialing Statute: You May be Liable for Calling a Wrong Number in Minnesota" on the website. 

Ellen Silverman focuses her practice in consumer litigation, both individual cases and defending class actions. She divides her practice among two distinct areas: (1) managing consumer financial services litigation for large, national banks and credit card companies across the country and (2) representing mortgage lenders and servicers in mortgage loan litigation.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.